If your house is too small for your needs, you have two choices: move to a larger home, or add a second story.
Neither option is stress-free. Given today's depreciated home values, many owners might prefer to add a second story instead of moving.
Adding a second story isn't that different from building a new house, at least from the builder's perspective, according to Gary Henley, president of Henley Homes, a home remodeling company in Liberty Hill, Texas. New construction is simply placed over the existing footprint.
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