Virginia Two-Story Additions
Reach for the stars by adding a whole new layer to your home!
Thinking of building a two-story addition on your Virginia home?
Hambleton Construction can help you create the space you want with a custom second-story addition.
Family Room Addition Ideas
Creating an open plan for the kitchen and the new family room is often part of an addition. It makes a warm, inviting family area and helps the kitchen feel and look bigger.
Make room for formal entertaining
Having your kitchen, family room, and outdoor space open to each other will make events easier to manage and give guests a comfortable place to enjoy themselves.
Install a fireplace
A gas-burning unit is a good choice, as it doesn’t require a chimney. However, if you have your heart set on a wood-burner, it can be done—after all, we’re building a room from scratch, inside and out, so adding a chimney can be part of the plan.
Create a home theater
Another popular choice, putting in a home theater or enhanced media space makes for increased family-togetherness and spectacular movie nights! And since you’re building a new room from the ground up, you can have wiring installed in the walls and ceiling less expensively than if it was done to an existing room.
Consider built-in shelving and other storage options for your addition. This will make the room more functional and convenient to have family activities.
Open the house to the outdoors
French or sliding doors opening to a deck or patio will increase your entertaining space and provide a sense of airiness and light.
When building an addition, there are many decisions to be made.
We think these tips will help you plan a successful project.
Siding & Trim
As much as you can, try to match the siding, windows, roofing, and trim of your home. You want your addition to look like a natural extension of the home, not a separate, tacked-on structure.
If you cannot get an exact match, using materials in the same tonal family will make sense.
Along those same lines (no pun intended!), you also want to match architectural elements.
For instance, if your home has dormered or shuttered windows, the addition should too.
An exception to this rule would be when you are adding a second-floor bay or picture window.
The roof pitch should be the same for visual continuity.
Before You Build Up
When we start planning your second-story addition, one of the first things we’ll check is the strength of your home’s foundation.
If we find that the existing foundation and bearings can support another floor, we’ll start drawing up the plans. If not, we can reinforce the foundation, walls, and other supports.
We’ll also assess your HVAC system to determine what upgrades we’ll need to make, if any. It’s typically easy to extend pipes and ducts upwards, but that depends on your home’s construction and features.
Height Restrictions and Other Considerations
Your city, town, or municipality may have restrictions regarding height and other construction factors.
At Hambleton Construction, we are very familiar with the codes and zoning laws in Northern Virginia. We will build within lawful regulations and secure all the necessary permits.
No matter what the restrictions are in your area, we will do our best to come up with a design that meets your needs!
Will A Second-Floor Addition Add Value to My Home?
Most homeowners can expect to get back around 65 percent of the cost of the addition at resale.
However, the value a two-story addition adds to your home’s selling price will vary depending on your neighborhood and other considerations.
Will I Need an Architect to Design My Addition?
When building a second-floor addition, you will need professional drawings by an architect.
If you don’t already have an architect, we can suggest a local professional that we regularly use and highly recommend.
Build a Two-Story Addition on Your Virginia Home
When you’re ready to start planning your second-floor addition, contact us!
Hambleton Construction has been building custom additions in Virginia for nearly a decade. We look forward to helping you transform your home.