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Can you add square footage on only the second floor

  • January 20 2009 - Middletown
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Often adding sq footage to a second floor is difficult and complictated by not having adequate building footings nor adequate structural support in walls and ceiling joists.

Adding to a first floor is usually fairly straight forward, but one does need to be aware of the zoning codes, especially required setbacks from property lines, allowable lot coverage, required minimum space between structures, and allowable "floor area ratio" (Ratio of habitable building space to lot area).

If you are uncertain for your specific property, go to your local building and safety (planning and permitting) office and ask.  They don't charge anything to discuss options and clarify the code requirements.  They will charge you when you actually get your plans approved prior to construction.  Their charges are not only for the plan review, but also for the inspections during the construction.


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