January 24, 2020
Done right, a second-story addition—or a “pop-top,” as it’s frequently called—can be one of the most cost-effective ways to expand your single-level home while preserving your yard.
Before you choose this route, confirm that your home can handle the structural stress of another floor dropped on top. Check too whether your plans will be subject to extensive design review and approval processes, as is the case in some historic districts. (It’s good to know ahead of time.) Historic Denver, a nonprofit that works to protect and promote Denver’s architectural heritage, has identified five key elements of a successful second-story addition. Here are tips for making one of the most common and contentious home-expansion strategies in Denver actually look good.
Don’t let the addition overwhelm the original house. You can do this by setting it back from the front facade and keeping it proportional to the existing house, rather than simply doubling your home’s size.
Carefully consider your roof form. Try to maintain or repeat the original shape and style, especially if other homes on your block have similar roof forms because rhythm and relationship enhance the quality and character of neighborhoods. You can often maintain your roof form and still gain square footage by adding dormers.
Use materials that are similar in quality, color, and consistency to your existing home. They don’t have to look historical, but they should be complementary.
Contact Kapella Roofing today to get the perfect roof for this new addition to your home.