Consider building a second story with energy efficiency in mind, which may help you save some cash in the form of tax credits and reduced utility bills down the line. New windows can help you create a brighter space and keep out cold drafts and humid weather, reducing the need for heating and AC 24/7. Adding a second story addition can also be an excellent opportunity to increase the height of your ceilings for a more spacious-feeling downstairs. We’ve done a handful of second-story additions in the Woodlands and Cypress areas.
What do 2nd story projects like these really cost? Every house is different but here are some typical ranges: For a full 2nd story on a 2000 square foot house, the cost can range between $120,000 and $200,000. For a partial 2nd story in the 500-700 square foot range, expect to pay $60,000 to $120,000, especially if there is a new bathroom upstairs. People are often surprised to find out that a new two-story, 20’ x 22’ garage (with living space on the 2nd floor) project, can cost between $90,000 and $150,000.
How do I find a remodeler who has experience? You need a contractor with lots of experience knocking out structural walls and tying into existing electrical, plumbing, and mechanical systems. A skilled remodeler can even help you cut some costs out of the project if need be.