Hanover Second Story Project Spot Light

New puppy additionYou love your town, you love the schools, the neighborhood, the street, but not necessarily your actual house. It wasn’t too bad when it was just the two of you, but your family has grown, and is growing up. So, what do you do? Renovate or Sell and move? This is a decision many of our clients’ face. We often work with potential clients on renovation budget ranges and then they need some time to think over renovating and moving.

This was the dilemma for a family we worked with in Hanover not too long ago. TheyRanch before Hanover loved everything about their location except that they had outgrown their Campenelli style ranch. After looking at what was on the market they could buy, (and still need to renovate), they decided to invest in a second story renovation to get everything they wanted and needed in their current home.

This project was tackled through Almar’s in house design build process. Working with Craig Guido the owners talked extensively with him about what they liked and didn’t, what their current and potential future needs were, and how they wanted to use their home once it was done.

Hanover Second Story additionThe decision was made to gut everything in the existing 1 story house except for the kitchen which was under 10 years old. A second story was designed which would have a Master Suite with bathroom, 2 additional bedrooms with a shared bath, and laundry. The first floor was then opened for an office space, family room, and living room while saving the existing kitchen and most of the existing first floor bathroom.

The challenge that we faced for this renovation was: the existing foundation.

Before we started we needed to ensure that the existing foundation could support the additional weight of a second story. This style house is typically built on a slab foundation without a full foundation. We dug along the foundation and we found it was only 18” deep which meant that we would need to add approximately 2’ more of foundation depth. After consulting with a structural engineer, it we decided that what was needed was to under dig the entire foundation. In6’ sections approximately 2 additional feet of foundation depth to support the new second level.  

Second Story Stair Case AdditionOnce the foundation was all set, everything else was pretty much smooth sailing. The only other minor challenge was needing to obtain a HERS rating for the house, because we were renovating so much of the house. In a nut-shell this is a comprehensive energy rating. HERS stands for Home Energy Rating System. According to the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) HERS is defined as, “The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index is the industry standard by which a home’s energy efficiency is measured. It’s also the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home’s energy performance.”  It measures how efficient your home is, and where you can make changes to improve your efficiency.

New ClosetIn the end Almar was able to help the homeowners stay in the town and neighborhood that they love! They are able to grow their family in the dream home that they were able to create. Working as a team Almar and the homeowner designed a second level to their existing house that they can live in for the next 20 years.

If you have questions Home Improvement project, please let my team know. Our team has been working with families like yours for over 58 years. And it is important to us that everyone works together to create the best possible experience. If you have questions about your home improvement project, please let us know. http://www.almarbuilding.coMaster Suite Remodelm (781-826-2577) and watch our videos at http://www.youtube.com/almarbuilding.com


Almar Building & Remodeling Co (Hanover Ma). As a third-generation family owned and operated company for over 58 years Almar Building has all the benefits of a small company with the options of a larger company. From Additions, Kitchens, Bathroom, Basement Renovations, Siding, Windows, to Doors Almar services the entire South Shore of Massachusetts including: Hanover, Hingham, Pembroke, Norwell, Scituate, Cohasset, Duxbury, Hanson, Abington, Rockland, Holbrook, Braintree, Weymouth, Milton, Westwood, and many more towns. Hanover Second Story,

Craig Guido

With 20 years of remodeling experience both in the field and working in collaboration with homeowners to develop remodeling projects designed to fit your lifestyle.