Second-floor additions make real estate sense

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Second-floor additions can be a wonderful option for those people with a house and a neighborhood that they love, but with no room to add out to accommodate growing space needs. Even if you have the space for a first-floor addition, adding up may still make sense if you're looking to maximize views or perhaps provide some additional privacy for a home office or and additional rental space. If adding up is something you're considering, there are a number of issues to explore before the first nail is ever driven. As with all construction projects of this magnitude, you really need to do your homework early on. KEEPING IT LEGAL First and foremost, you need to figure out if a second-floor addition is going to be allowed, and if the addition can be used for the purpose you intend. Height restrictions are the first thing to check. Many towns have city or county ordinances that restrict residences to specific heights, so you'll want to check with your local planning department to see if ...