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Another Story

Another Story - doubling your square footage the easy way

Welcome to Another Story, your premier destination for transformative home design in Homewood, Alabama. As experts in building homes on top of homes, we redefine the possibilities of vertical expansion. Our unique second-story additions bring innovation to your living space, ensuring a seamless evolution without the need for relocation.

Elevate Your Space with Innovative Second Stories

Discover a new dimension of living in Homewood, Alabama with Another Story’s innovative second stories. Our designs redefine home living, seamlessly blending innovation and elegance, so you can transform your residence into a unique masterpiece.

Elevate Your Space with Innovative Second Stories

Discover a new dimension of living in Homewood, Alabama with Another Story’s innovative second stories. Our designs redefine home living, seamlessly blending innovation and elegance, so you can transform your residence into a unique masterpiece.

Before and After


 Elevate your property’s potential vertically—experience enhanced living, improved curb appeal, and increased energy efficiency. With transparent processes and creative designs, Another Story is your trusted partner in crafting the next chapter for your space.

Remodeling with excellence

  • Seamless Integration: Our designs harmonize with your existing structure.
  • Vertical Enhancement: Elevate your living space with innovative additions.
  • Aesthetic Appeal: Experience improved curb appeal and contemporary design.
  • Energy Efficiency: Enhance sustainability and reduce energy consumption.
  • Transparent Processes: Navigate your remodeling journey with clarity and confidence.

Revolutionize Your Contracting Business with Another Story

Are you a contractor ready to take your business to new heights? Explore our innovative Second Story Packages designed exclusively for contractors like you. Elevate your services, captivate clients, and unlock new revenue streams with our patented technology. Discover endless possibilities for growth and success.

 Our expertise extends to remodeling projects that elevate spaces with seamless integration. Whether it’s residential transformations or stylish restaurant fit-outs, our commitment to excellence shines through. Partner with us and redefine what’s possible in the contracting world. Explore the future of construction and remodeling with Another Story. Your next big project starts with us!

The process

How it Works

Kickstart the journey with a detailed discussion to understand your vision.

 Assess the viability of the project, considering structural, budgetary, and design aspects.

Collaborate on project requirements, goals, and functions to inform the design process.

Dive into the creative phase, shaping your vision into tangible design concepts.

Source bids and refine designs to maximize value without compromising quality.

Explore financing options tailored to your project requirements.

Develop comprehensive construction documents and secure necessary permits.

Witness your vision come to life with our seamless and dustless construction process.

Implement the final touches with expert stair installation.

Conclude the project with a thorough clean-up, leaving you with a transformed and pristine space.

Partnered With

In our journey of architectural innovation, we’ve had the privilege of collaborating with esteemed partners who share our passion for groundbreaking design. Trusted by industry leaders and visionaries, Another Story has left an indelible mark on spaces that resonate with excellence. Our portfolio proudly showcases successful collaborations with renowned companies, a testament to the trust placed in our expertise and commitment to delivering transformative architectural solutions.

Based on 6 reviews
Jonathan Gray
Jonathan Gray
Ben from Another Story created a second floor addition and master bath remodel for our MCM house. From our initial phone call, I was certain I wanted to work with him. My wife and I shared our ideas; Ben took it to the next level in delivering what we wanted and then building upon it in ways we didn't realize were possible. What made this already great project even better was Ben's brilliant invention wherein one can add a floor to a house while the occupants still live there. If you drive around Homewood, it is common to see various remodels. Many of these are of the add a floor variety, and the way this is achieved is by slicing off the roof and leaving the base level [partially] exposed. Not the most reassuring nor conducive to staying in the house while construction is going on. I will not steal Ben's thunder any further here so you can share in the excitement/bewilderment when he shows you the "how." So, all of this to say: Ben is freaking awesome. His professionalism, creativity, patience, attention to detail, and kindness are incredible. Hire him ASAP!
Matt H
Matt H
I had the immense pleasure of working with Another Story during a recent home renovation, and I cannot express how delighted I am with their exceptional service. From start to finish, this remarkable company has gone above and beyond to deliver an outstanding level of professionalism, tidiness, consideration, and quality craftsmanship. One of the most striking aspects of Another Story is their unique approach that allows homeowners to remain in their homes throughout the renovation process. This alone was an absolute game-changer for us, as we no longer had to endure the hassle and expense of finding temporary accommodation. They efficiently and seamlessly transformed our living space while ensuring minimal disruption to our daily lives. It was such a relief! The team at Another Story is genuinely one-of-a-kind. They were an absolute pleasure to work with from the beginning, always prompt, courteous, and attentive to our needs. Their attention to detail truly sets them apart. Not only did they ensure an exquisitely finished renovation, but they consistently maintained a tidy work environment, leaving us impressed by their commitment to cleanliness despite the inevitable mess that accompanies such projects. What truly amazed us was the thoughtfulness and consideration they demonstrated throughout the renovation. The team took great care in protecting our furniture, flooring, and personal belongings, going the extra mile to shield them from any potential damage. The respect they exhibited for our home was unparalleled, and we cannot express our gratitude enough for their conscientiousness. As for the quality of their work, we couldn't be happier. Another Story's skilled artisans transformed our house into a dream home, surpassing our highest expectations. Every detail, from the precision of their carpentry to the flawless paintwork, showcased their commitment to excellence. It's clear that they take immense pride in their work, and it shines through in every aspect of the renovation. The open lines of communication made the entire process considerably smoother. The team at Another Story consistently kept us informed about the progress, addressed any concerns promptly, and ensured our vision was realized. Their expertise and willingness to listen to our ideas resulted in breathtaking outcomes that truly capture our personal style. I wholeheartedly recommend Another Story for anyone seeking a stress-free, top-notch home renovation experience. They have proven themselves to be the epitome of professionalism and courtesy. With their tidy work practices, considerate approach, and unparalleled craftsmanship, Another Story has won our unwavering trust and appreciation. Our gratitude knows no bounds for the remarkable transformation they have accomplished, leaving us with a home that feels like a true reflection of our dreams.
Seth Byram
Seth Byram
Ben and the entire Another Story team are awesome and I'm so glad we chose to work with them. One year ago, we contracted Ben to design us a second story addition to our house. We had very specific parameters on size and layout, and Ben knocked it out of the park. He and the Another Story team worked tirelessly to iterate our designs time and time again until we finally landed on the perfect design. Ben was attentive to our feedback and desires, and delivered on everything we asked. The Another Story product has allowed us to stay in our home during the construction of the second story (4 weeks left). I cannot stress enough how beneficial it is to be able to maintain your living space while square footage is added to your home. The benefit is emotional, mental, and financial. To top it all off, I've gotten to know Ben over the last year and I can say with with certainty he's a great architect, but he's an even better person. He's a genuinely great guy and I cannot imagine having a better person in your corner as you navigate adding space to your home. 10/10, would highly recommend.
Rachel Buie
Rachel Buie
We used Another Story to add square footage to our 3/1.5 ranch house. We were able to add 3 additional bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a playroom and laundry room! They also opened up our downstairs space when adding the stairs, giving us more space to entertain and play as a family. We didn’t want to leave our lot and neighbors and this allowed us to grow our home for our growing family without ever leaving or paying rent somewhere else. Construction happened all during the summer with minimal disruptions despite my kids being home from school! Work was happening above us while we continued to use and enjoy the inside of our home every day. They even worked around our travel schedule and did our stair install while we were already out of town; we had only one day the whole time that we even had to leave for the day, and that was by choice during painting day (think small hands and wet paint). We now have more than enough space in our home and it has become the landing pad we always wanted for all of our kids’ friends and neighbors!
Barry Harwell
Barry Harwell
Ben Strout at Another Story has created a system that is unparalleled in terms of convenience for clients and ease of use for contractors… I’m thankful that someone with his vast array of experience created a system that is not only end user friendly (in terms of cost and convenience) but contractor friendly. Allowing the clients to stay in their home while all of the construction is going on above their head is a money saver for sure and a huge time saver!
Joshua Dean
Joshua Dean
I’ve done a few second-story addition projects using the Another Story system. This process is incredible and so much better than doing second level ads the old way. By reducing exposure, building a new floor system only after a new roof is installed, the whole remodeling project becomes almost a new construction project. Ben and his team have enabled my remodeling business to expand and have a more substantial offering to our clients who are looking to add space to their home and I highly recommend any homeowner or remodeler to seriously consider using the AnotherStory system.


The Another Story system is a specialized construction method designed for adding a second story to existing homes. It involves careful planning and the use of advanced building techniques to seamlessly integrate a new level onto your current structure, ensuring structural integrity and aesthetic consistency.

 While it’s versatile, the Another Story system may not suit every home structure due to various factors like foundation strength, local building codes, and architectural design. A thorough assessment is conducted beforehand to determine suitability.

 Costs vary widely based on factors such as the size of the addition, materials used, and regional labor rates. Generally, homeowners can expect a significant investment, comparable to or slightly higher than traditional second story additions due to the specialized nature of the system.

The timeframe can range from several months to over a year, depending on the project’s complexity, weather conditions, and permit processes. The Another Story system aims to optimize construction time while maintaining high-quality standards.

This is the beauty part of this process. You never have to leave if you don’t want to. There will be a few weeks at the end of the project when the contractor installs the staircase, but otherwise there is no disturbance to the main level infrastructure until the very end. 

You’ll need standard building permits and possibly additional approvals, depending on local zoning laws and building codes. The Another Story team assists in navigating these requirements.

The system incorporates engineering assessments and uses standard building assemblies whenever possible, and reinforced materials when necessary to ensure that the existing structure can support the additional weight and stress of a second story, adhering to strict building codes and safety standards.

The system offers a range of design and customization options, but some limitations may exist due to structural requirements or local building codes. The focus is on ensuring both aesthetic appeal and safety. One of the strength of the Another Story system is its flexibility in allowing virtually any style of architectural design. 

The existing systems can remain intact and untouched. We are, in essence, building new construction above your existing home, which will require its own HVAC, electrical and plumbing systems. We bypass your existing systems, simplifying the construction project greatly.

Warranties typically cover construction defects and material quality for a specified period. The exact terms depend on the contractors and suppliers involved in the project.

The system incorporates modern insulation materials and techniques to ensure energy efficiency. This includes options for high-performance windows, efficient HVAC systems, and sustainable materials. Many times the existing structure does not have sufficient Attic Insulation, in which case are addition of a Second Story dramatically improves the insulation on the upper insulation plane.

Yes, the system supports the use of sustainable materials and practices, aligning with increasing demand for eco-friendly construction. Options include recycled materials, energy-efficient appliances, and green building techniques. And the nature of the Another Story system fundamentally is better than the typical alternative where by homeowners may choose to bulldoze the existing structure and build a new house in its place. 

The system aims to enhance curb appeal by designing the second story addition to blend seamlessly with the existing architectural style, thereby elevating the home’s aesthetic and potentially its market value. Typically there is a categorical improvement in the appearance as the Second Story often defines the architectural character of a home.  This also becomes a great opportunity to change styles of home in the process of renovating. 

Challenges can include unforeseen structural issues, delays in permit approvals, weather-related delays, and staying within budget constraints. Effective planning and experienced contractors help mitigate these issues.

Contact Us

 Whether you’re envisioning an innovative second-story addition or have questions about our unique services in Homewood, Alabama, our team is here to guide you. Reach out for a personalized consultation, and let’s begin crafting the story of your elevated living space together.

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