Increasing your house is one solution for those of you who need additional space but only have limited land. Before renovating a house, there are certainly many things that need to be prepared and considered. In addition to calculating funds, design preparation also needs to be done for maximum renovation results. Do not let the process of increasing the house be hampered in the middle of the road or the results are not optimal so that the house becomes uncomfortable. The following are some of the things you need to prepare before upgrading the house.
1. Structural Planning
The first thing to note is of course the strength of the existing foundation in the house before it was renovated. You can ask a structural expert or architect for a more accurate and safe calculation. If the foundation of the house is not strong enough, it is necessary to increase the strength of the foundation so that the house is ready to support the load of the building on the 2nd floor. Good structural planning, if it is aligned with the design of the room, is also useful for avoiding design errors that force a support pole in the middle of the room.
2. Material Choice
Materials that need to be prepared include the second floor area. There are various choices, including conventional cast concrete, metal decks, not palaces, and so on. You can choose the type of floor plate according to the available budget. In addition, the material for the walls of the second floor building also needs to be taken into account. You can choose lightweight materials such as hebel brick for walls and gypsum for partition walls. These lightweight materials will help reduce the burden and also relatively cut the cost of increasing home renovations.
3. Stairs Location
When going to upgrade the house, don’t forget that you need to sacrifice one space on the 1st floor for the staircase area. If your house is small, you should choose a slim staircase design to save space. One of the designs that can be chosen is the design of the stairs attached to the wall or the floating date design. That way, the area under the stairs can be wider and can still be used as space. Another staircase design that can be chosen is the swivel staircase design which is relatively space efficient, but this staircase design is less friendly for the elderly and children because it is risky in terms of safety.
4. Space Laying
Space layout planning also needs to be thought out carefully. Plan what spaces will fill the second floor and adjust their position. For wet areas such as bathrooms, position the bathroom piping parallel to the bathroom piping on the 1st floor. In addition to water issues, space layout planning is also needed to determine the electrical cable path that will flow through the second floor. Also make sure that the electrical power in your home will be sufficient for electricity consumption when the house is two-story later.
5. Air Circulation
Air circulation is the next preparation before upgrading the house. Try to provide adequate voids or empty areas between the first and second floors. And of course, ventilation holes, or windows that point out will be very helpful so that the air in the house has good circulation. That way the house was protected from damp air.