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November 6, 2015

So what do you do when you've outgrown your house but you love
your location and your lot is too small to build on an addition?

You go up!  Today's Before and After Friday features homes
where the owners added a second level to their existing house.

Although the house, above, already had a second
story, the owners expanded it - beautifully!

The small inset photo, below, shows the original house:

This small rancher doubled in size
when the second story was added:

The second story was expanded on this dated house:

So much nicer now!

From Traditional to Contemporary Rustic:

It's almost impossible to believe that the tiny house shown in
the inset photo developed into this beautiful two story house:

Without the construction photos it would be almost impossible to believe
that the small 'before' house was transformed into the stunning 'after':

The inset photo, below right, shows the much smaller original structure:


Split-level, before:
 Tri-level, after:

Choosing to add a second story to a house is a major decision.  It's
impossible to live in a house that's undergoing such a major structural
improvement so temporary housing is necessary.  But, the results will
be worth the inconvenience.
(Almost) After:


A dated rancher now looks like a brand new home:

 A small cottage expanded into a classic Tudor:

Today's last project is the most amazing:

An architect with vision, an accomplished contractor, and tons of 
ca$h in the bank - BOOM - you've got yourself an almost new house!

Have a great weekend, friends.  We'll spend ours raking leaves!


  1. Wow---most of these don't even look like they belong to the "before" pictures! I wonder if they're saving any money, versus just leveling it and starting over. Any idea?

  2. Depends if your selling and buying in a sellers market. This may be a better option then trying to buy in a sellers market.

  3. Do start with an architect or a builder? We've started to interview both. Seems starter to get drawings first for our second floor addition but the proposals we are getting from architects don't make sense. Basically stating in one area of the proposal that they charge $140/hour then on another second totaling everything up to be $11,000. So basically, the architect will work approximately 80hrs to draw a second floor to my ranch style home? As for the stating they they check the legal regulations for the area... come on... you know this already after doing tons of other homes in same town. Have any of you started with just a builder/remodeler with an architect and have been pleased or any other advice you can offer? Much appreciated