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Old 03-13-2010, 06:01 PM   #1
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I am looking at a house to buy, but it is fairley small and I would need in the near future to add a second floor with two bedrooms and a bath. The previous owner did a complete remodel and beefed up all the headers and walls with the intent of adding a second floor. Is it possible to lift the roof to add 5' walls and then set it back down or is it more cost effective to demo the roof and build up? Also the foundation walls are doubled up concrete block will they hold the new load?

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Kind of hard to say without seeing what you will be working on

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You will not find accurate answers for your questions on this site, as these things (areas you mentioned) need to be physically viewed/inspected/evaluated.

You should contact some reputable General Contractors in your area, to get such pricing and to answer such questions.
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Chances are you probably can, but you need to check with your "local codes office." In my area the Park and Planning folks keep these guidelines.

From what Ive looked into, raising the roof is not the most effective way to go.

You will save a lot more money by building a new roof....and you may be able to reuse a lot of the old rafters, roofing tiles, etc.

What you will need to do in all likelihood is

a] move out all occupants during the construction (for safety reasons)
b] move out all furniture or furnishings that you value
c] buy lots of huge professional grade tarps.
d] pray for a drought

I would also drop some coin on a cheap steel shed or a covered carport or one of those storage pods to store materials, and keep tools locked etc while you work and sleep.

Helps to have family or friends than can put you up for weeks.

Also...work your ass off as it will take longer than you realize....so plan frist. And expect the unexpected.
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