Adding new storey beats moving out
The wood chips were left in place so the main floor below could be heated without undue cost because Belcher and his wife continued to live in the home during the reno process. Pre-built floor trusses that spanned the width of the house were fastened in position to prevent the exterior walls from spreading outward or canting inward. They also provided sufficient insulation space to meet modern code requirements. “Once the floor trusses are in place, it’s a simple matter of laying a subfloor over them and then erecting exterior walls and a truss-built roof,” said Larwyn, adding the old roof required re-shingling in any event. Belcher said plans for the new upstairs include a bathroom with a spa, a larger master bedroom and two offices so he and his wife can work from home when possible. Divider walls on the main floor will be taken down to create more area for the kitchen and allow a clear view of the pool, deck and cultivated backyard from the front of the house. “The enlarged kitchen will have an enormous stone-capped island capable of seating up to nine people,” said Belcher. As well, he said existing solid-wood floors will be refinished and ceramic tiles and luxury vinyl planking will likely be laid in other areas. “My wife and I are going to have our dream house in an area of the city which we love and the cost will be considerably less than moving to a new location,” he said. Larwyn said he expects adding a new storey to an older home will become a popular trend in many parts of Winnipeg.
At top, a bungalow on Ash Street in River Heights doubles in size with the addition of an extra storey. Above, construction of the addition on Ash Street. At left, a River Heights Oxford Street bungalow with a second storey added.