The first crucial step is to seek a structural engineer to do an audit of the existing concrete block posts. This will need his approval for our company to know whether the existing structure can support another floor on top. (Larson, 2010). That is, whether the concrete block in existence is strong enough to have another floor up as 2nd level or another down as the basement. Depending on the support, the approval may be issued or not. Afterward, we can proceed to the preliminary design of the second floor.
That is the floor layout of the second floor required among other things like structural and electrical design, ventilation, insulation, vapor barrier, and drywall installed on the walls and ceiling.These specifications will be tailored to the client of this building. A detailed assessment of the existing building will be done to check the integrity of the current building, the kind of foundation, parts of the building that are intact or need re-designing to fit in the preliminary design. This will be done with the assistance of the current building’s construction team, the building inspection unit from the local authority, and the proprietors of the new building (Larson, 2005).
We may need to consider all renovations are done previously and any recommendations from the local authority inspection unit.After the detailed assessment is performed, a provisional design is done incorporating the findings in the earlier conducted detailed assessment. The design is presented to the client for his approval and finally forwarding to the local authority for the purposes of seeking the building permit. Once the building permit is issued, the conversion works can officially commence with other revisions being made on the prior design if necessary but still approval from relevant authorities is mandatory.
This is how this conversion will generally go. The detailed procedures will be modeled within the Microsoft Project 2007.