The modern house should be designed to generate additional income

If the house stands in a prime spot, then building the additional floor is the best option. Representative Image: Photo credit: anek.soowannaphoom/ Shutterstock

Assessing the commercial viability of your house, especially if it is in a prime spot, would be a great idea as it helps in generating income. The upper floor of your house could be rented out or an additional floor could be newly built depending up on the scope. Building a few shops close to the house if it is on the roadside is a viable option. The shops could easily generate a decent income for the owners if they are rented out.

Most people build an additional floor just to satisfy their ego or to show off. However, the floor would be abandoned when the children move away for higher studies or jobs. The staircase becomes an unwanted accessory that would accumulate dust. Moreover, no one cares to go to the terrace even occasionally. Meanwhile, the balconies become home to doves. So, most people wonder whether an additional floor is required.

However, if the house stands in a prime spot, then building the additional floor is the best option. The designer could suggest the possibility of generating income for the client. This is especially useful as the nature of families too is changing.

If the client does not need the upper floor, it could be rented out. The staircase could then be built to suit the comfort of all the parties. Two entrances would be required. In case there is only one entrance, the staircase should be built quite close to it so that the tenant can use it.

So, the staircase wouldn’t be visible from the outside. In case you do not wish to have the staircase inside, it could be constructed outside close to the structure. The staircase could be built using iron or concrete. It could also be designed in a way to get access from both inside and outside. Here are some points to note if an additional floor is designed.

The size of the septic tank, arranging kitchen on the upper floor, facilities for car parking, a separate gate, and facilities for washing and drying clothes should be arranged. Besides, gas cylinder points and fuel pipes too should be appropriately arranged.

Designing a false ceiling would be a great idea to block the noises and sounds on the upper floor. If your house stands on the banks of a lake or a field, you could aesthetically design the upper floor to be used as a homestay. Besides generating additional income, having a company on the upper floor would provide safety and help you keep away loneliness to a certain extent.

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