In Orange County, the ranch style home reigns supreme. Popular with families, this single story design is highly functional and versatile. One of the latest trends for homeowners with ranch homes is to create more space with a second story addition.

If you own a classic California ranch home and want more space, keep reading! The following provides some guidelines and ideas to consider.

Adding a Second Story to a California Ranch Home | Sea Pointe Blog

The Benefits of Building Upward

If space is in short supply, you have two options. You can move or you can expand your living space. Moving is not only more costly, it could mean switching schools or extending your commute to work.

An alternative is adding a second story which can provide more space, brighten interior spaces, and modernize the entire look and feel of your home.

With a new addition, you can design the space to fit your specific needs. From creating a new office to finally getting that home theater you’ve always dreamed of, the possibilities are endless. You can even modify the flow of your first story floor plan at the same time. That spiral staircase or higher kitchen ceiling can be yours at a fraction of what you’d pay if it was done as a separate project.

Obstacles to Building a Second Story

Of course, like with any home construction project, there can be challenges that need to be considered. It pays to work with an experienced remodeling services provider who can work through the specifics with you and provide the best possible options for your budget, timeline, and needs.

Some of the primary considerations include:

Local zoning ordinances and building code requirements – Every city and many homeowners’ associations in Orange County have specific rules and regulations when it comes to adding a second story. It’s well worth the effort to carefully review all requirements before starting any project.

Foundation – The additional weight of a second story can put a tremendous amount of weight on a home’s foundation. If it has damage from earthquakes or unresolved structural problems, it may not be feasible to build a second story until these problems have been corrected.

Design and Material Restrictions – Your neighborhood may have very specific guidelines on what building materials are suitable to keep a consistent look with your neighbors. While you may want a Tuscany-inspired second story addition, if you’re in an enclave of mid-century homes, your design inspiration may not be allowed.

Stairs – How and where you place the stairs to your new second floor is a very important decision. A good architect or designer can help you determine where it looks the most natural and where it will be most functional.

Permits and Inspections – There is plenty of paperwork when it comes to building an addition to any home. This isn’t something to gloss over as it will be essential if and when you ever decide to sell your home.

Water, Sewer, and Electrical – These structural necessities need to be factored in when building a second story.

Additional Costs – When calculating the cost of a second story, it’s important to carefully budget for the construction, as well as the floor coverings, furniture, and other extras necessary to make it functional.

Want to learn more about adding a second story to your home? Contact Sea Pointe Construction’s team of professionals. With more than two decades of experience, we have the expertise to create a new space that you and your family will enjoy for many years to come. Contact us today for a free in-home consultation.