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Remodeling Your Ranch Add A Level Tips

David Pangione

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Being a New Jersey Remodeling Contractor located in Bergen County NJ, ranch add a level conversions are becoming very popular for those ranch homeowners that need the extra room. Your NJ home addition add a level can double your floor space giving you the much needed room you and your family desperately need.

Unlike a cape conversion add a level, ranch add a levels need to have a new floor added to the ranch's framing to support the new top floor. Most existing ranch homes have 2x6 ceiling joists. Since this is inadequate to support a new level, we will install a new floor just above the existing 2x6 ceiling with 1 piece TGI wood I beams. With engineered floor joists, we can install one piece beams from front to back in one span. The positive thing about this is that when we install the new floor, it is constructed in a way that avoids us having to relocate any wiring or 1st floor recessed lighting that many times runs above the existing 2x6 ceiling beams in the attic.

With ranch style homes, your add a level needs to have a staircase constructed in order to have access to the 2nd level. During the new floor framing, the stairwell will be framed out to accommodate the soon to be installed staircase. Also depending on where your existing basement staircase is located, this is a great time to remove the existing staircase and install the new basement stairs where your new upper level stairs will go. With ranch style homes, the basement stairs is usually located in or around the kitchen area. If you remove the staircase in the kitchen, you can gain that area for kitchen use.

Since the bedrooms will be relocated to the new add a level, you can now remove some of the old bedroom and closet walls on the first floor. If they are load bearing then the necessary headers will need to be installed. If they are non load bearing then the entire wall can be removed. The original bedrooms will now become an expanded living area such as your living room, dining area or even a family room area.

When you are ready to build your NJ add a level in Bergen County NJ, call Northern New Jerseys premiere add a level contractor, Pangione Developers a NJ Home Improvement Contractor and New Jersey Remodeling Contractor.



Mr. David Pangione

Note: All this information is 100% original. Every word is spoken from experience of being a NJ Home Improvement Contractor for over 30 years.

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