Adding new storey beats mov­ing out

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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.

PHO­TOS BY DAVID SQUARE / WIN­NIPEG FREE PRESS

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