Many residents have decided that the home that they are currently living in is the home that they want to spend the rest of their time in. That being said, there are many different things that one can do to their current home to make it more enjoyable for a duration of a lifetime. There are, unfortunately, rules that apply to modifying a home.
Adding an addition to your home is something that many people do these days. Either adding a porch to it, or building up on it in the form of a second story is just a few ways people are modifying their homes. Many try to do it themselves in a way to save money and get around paying for permits and inspectors to come out. However, if one gets caught doing this, they get hit with fines, and in some cases, must tear the new structure.
In order to avoid the additional costs of fines and having to pay for re-doing the project along with the cost of having to tear down what has already been done, one hires a structural engineer. They come in and analyze your building and decide if it is structurally safe for you to add on additions or any other plans that you have in the works for your home.
People balk at the cost of hiring a structural engineer. In today’s economy, everyone is looking for a way to get things done cheaper. If one looks at the whole picture, by hiring a structural engineer, you are saving yourself a lot of extra time, money and labor, and virtually eliminates the fear of fines when you get caught by having an illegal structure.