The First Thing You Should Do When Considering Adding Additional Floors

how to check your homes foundation

Thinking of adding an extra floor to a older home? First you will need to verify the width of your existing foundation wall and size of your footings. This is especially crucial when adding additional floors to an older home as they often had smaller footings in some of the older homes. If you do not have your original house drawings, they can usually be obtained from your local City Office. Once you have the drawings you can take them to a structural engineer who will verify that the existing foundation will be able to handle the extra weight.