Add a level Remodeling Options

If you own a cape cod or ranch home and are interested in expanding for your growing family then you have a few options available that can dramatically increase your living space with an add a level.

As a Bergen County Contractor serving Northern New jersey, we have built hundreds of add a levels. Adding a top floor, commonly referred to as an add a level or raised level, can increase your homes living area. If you own a ranch, you can remove the entire roof down to the existing ceiling beams. From there you can build an entire new top floor consisting of bedrooms and bathrooms. Typically most capes average around 1200 sq foot so you will be adding that much living space. With modifications on the existing first floor, you can open this area into an open floor plan.

Cape cod owners have a few options with their existing top floor. One of the design flaws with a cape cod is that the existing top floor ceilings are low. Especially at the front and the back of the home in the upper level. The ceilings slope down and create a lot of wasted space.

To increase living space, you have a few choices. First, you remodel the upstairs by building a rear or front dormer. The homes ridge would stay and 1/2 of the roof would be removed. You can remove the rear roof and install an 8′ ceiling in the rear. This would open up and gain space. Also at the center of the rear dormer you can install a bathroom. With the bathroom in the center,you can have a bedroom on each side of the bath.

Another option is to build both a front and back full dormer. With the original ridge in place, you rebuild the front and back which you now would have full 8′ walls and ceilings. The only problem is that your roof would be low since the original ridge is still being used. I rarely build this type of project. If you decide that you want to have full 8′ walls throughout the top floor, it is best to build a full add a level.

With an add a level, all the walls and roof from the existing top floor upwards are removed. The only part remaining is the 2nd floor decking. Now, an entirely new layout is built with full 8′ walls and possibly even a 10′ ceiling in the master bedroom. The roof is all new so you can have a high roof line to give your home that curb appeal.

Deciding on which option will be best for you can be difficult so you should consult with your New Jersey Remodeling Contractor

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Complete Home Remodeling in New Jersey

Are you ready to start a remodeling or home improvement project in Bergen County New Jersey. If you are about to undergo a complete home remodeling project, there are a few items that you should be concerned about.

If this is the first time you are about to remodel a home, hiring the right contractor or preparing to undergo the remodeling process yourself, you should know exactly what lies ahead. We are assuming that you are going to hire a contractor. being a NJ Home Improvement Contractor and New Jersey Remodeling Contractor for over 30 years, Pangione Developers Inc specializes in complete home remodeling projects. Have your contractor provide a full detailed contract. We always provide our customers with a complete A-Z detailed contract. At the contract signing we will sit down with the homeowners and read the contract from start to finish to make sure all is agreed upon. Never assume what you want is written in that contract.

Next, have an under standing as to when the estimated time of completion for your home remodeling will be finished. Pangione Developers Inc always includes a “Project Stages” report that estimates when your remodeling project will be finalized. It is always recommended to have this for your home remodeling project..

With extensive remodeling, you may need to determine if you can still live in the home while the construction is going on. Much dust and debris will be floating through the air and if contaminated, you risk possible lead poisoning from that or other contaminants. Pangione Developers Inc, a Bergen County Contractor is  licensed to test for lead and removal of lead. We always test each job and provide a lead test report stating if a certain lead level was found.You will want to find out if your contractor is licensed for lead removal also.

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