Will I have to move out while constructing a second floor?
NO… constructing the second story in your home may seem like a daunting task that would be highly inconvenient and unsafe for your family. However, many families have chosen to remain in their homes throughout the entire construction process in order to save money. There will be a few days during the demolition process that you might want to be away from the house, however, you absolutely can live in your home while adding a second level above.
Factors that make us say NO:
Once the plywood deck is on, there is a barrier between the living space and the workspace. There are no fasteners to deal with, and the decking can be easily replaced.
The Builder should be covering the stairwell and any vents that allow air dust and air to pass from the workspace to the living space. They shouldn’t share the same air. The Builder protects you from mold and mildew from being breathed in, as well as from absorbing into the skin.
For the most part, people aren’t home during the day while work is being performed
Any work on the first floor can be done after the addition is completed so you can move up there, saving on temporary storage.
Most of the exterior work is done from the outside
Most of the 2nd-floor interior work can be done by coming in and out of windows
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