Top 5 Tips for Exterior House Painting

Our house elevation project is almost complete. The next step is the exterior painting aspect. What do you need to know?   Top 5 Tips for Exterior House Painting 1. TEMPERATURE Ideally, exterior painting will take place when the temperatures are going to remain above 50 degrees, even at night. Otherwise you are likely to get peeling. Once the temperatures warm up, you can tackle that … Continue reading Top 5 Tips for Exterior House Painting

Flood Insurance Rates Drop Dramatically, But Not Without a Fight

TIMELINE OF INSURANCE RATE ADJUSTMENT   June 2013 We officially started the construction phase of our house project. The planning phase began months earlier in July 2012. The planning phase entailed key details of the project such as how many feet we needed to lift our house, architectual drawings, acquiring necessary permits, etc. December 2013   We moved back into our house with the majority of our … Continue reading Flood Insurance Rates Drop Dramatically, But Not Without a Fight

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Orchids: The Power of a Flower

 I’ll admit it’s a stretch to correlate the beautiful orchid flower to the muddle of a house elevation project. While one is majestic, capable of inspiring awe, the other is a nonstop exercise in frustration. But we’re in a bit of a holding pattern waiting for FEMA to weigh in on our house elevation to determine our new (discounted) flood insurance premiums and  it’s still … Continue reading Orchids: The Power of a Flower

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Top 5 Tips to Prep for Home Renovation / House Elevation Project

The best way to prepare for a home renovation project/ house elevation: assume the project will be messy. Plan accordingly or at least try to learn from our mistakes. We’ve been living in our flood mitigated/ house elevated home for almost three months. The remnants of construction dust continue. How can that be? Haven’t you been cleaning like mad? An emphatic “yes” to that question as … Continue reading Top 5 Tips to Prep for Home Renovation / House Elevation Project

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Insurance Costs Remain High post House Elevation

OUR HOUSE IS “SPECIAL”: We live in a flood zone that has been deemed “special” by FEMA, and not in a good way. It’s rated in the highest category of flood insurance, beat out only by those who have ocean front views. The guilty party in our instance is not the Atlantic Ocean, but a gentle brook whose size is disarmingly small. Yet, it provides, … Continue reading Insurance Costs Remain High post House Elevation

Kitchen Renovation – Post House Elevation

THE PROBLEM: As the saying goes, you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.  Or, as I like to say,  you can’t undertake a massive house project (house elevation) without eating a few crap sandwiches. Today’s topic hails from the kitchen. The situation created stems from careless foundation work when our house was lowered (see older posts). An entire bank of cabinets, along … Continue reading Kitchen Renovation – Post House Elevation

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Fireplace Repairs Post Flooding

Although the majority of our house hails from the 1920’s, an addition was added in 1990’s by a previous owner – which included a wood burning fireplace. For years the fireplace provided a warm crackling glow to the our family room. Then … it was inundated by a flood or two. During the second flood of 2007 our family room sustained a fair amount of … Continue reading Fireplace Repairs Post Flooding

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Giving Thanks this Thanksgiving

GIVING THANKS THIS THANKSGIVING WEEK 25: There are many reasons to be thankful and I appreciate the simple luxuries of life everyday. Things like hot water at the turn of a handle and fresh coffee every morning. I’m ever thankful for my family and friends. But this year has been a bit unique. The things I’m thankful this Thanksgiving are not the sort of things … Continue reading Giving Thanks this Thanksgiving

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Staircase Transformation on an Elevated House

WEEK 20: Fresh on the heels of last week’s set-back, we’ve made some steady progress this week, albeit not nearly enough for my liking. The majority of the work effort has been restricted to the new front staircase. It’s great to see the transformation, but what I’d really like to see is a beehive of activity on my house. You know, like they show on TV … Continue reading Staircase Transformation on an Elevated House

Mountains of Mud in Boulder, Colorado

SAND VS. MUD: With 16,000 homes impacted by the historic flooding that occurred in Boulder, Colorado last week, many people are facing a mountain of clean up. Unlike Hurricane Sandy that decimated the eastern coastline last fall, dumping tons of sand in the streets, the flooding in Colorado brought mud – and lots of it. WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS (AND STRANGERS): Coming … Continue reading Mountains of Mud in Boulder, Colorado

18 Inches of Rain Brings Pain to Boulder, Colorado

At long last the rain has let up and the storm has passed, yet many will feel the ramifications of the recent flooding in Boulder, Colorado for months to come. Numerous homes endured total destruction while others suffered comparatively minor damage with flooding restricted to their basement. Unfortunately for those without flood insurance, they will have to rebuild on their own. Flooding is about as … Continue reading 18 Inches of Rain Brings Pain to Boulder, Colorado

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Perks to Flooding … the Rainbow after the Storm

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” Robert Frost In the days after a flood event, it can be very overwhelming. Take a deep breath and a shot of courage, then put your big boy/girl pants on, chuck aside the useless self-pity and get to work. Be patient, work diligently, help your neighbors and look for the rainbow. … Continue reading Perks to Flooding … the Rainbow after the Storm

Flash Floods in Boulder, Colorado

FREAK STORM: Boulder, Colorado awoke to extensive flash flooding this morning, brought on my overnight heavy rainfall amounts. Everyone understands and appreciates the damage that a wild coastal storm can bring to an area, but even landlocked states endure flooding concerns. The combination of too much water + too short a period of time = flooding. Every time. FLOOD WATER VS. GROUND WATER: There is … Continue reading Flash Floods in Boulder, Colorado

Top 7 Reasons Why an Elevation Project Drags On and on and on …

WEEK 14: There’s a chill to the air, my children are back in school, and I’m starting to see Halloween candy for sale in the grocery store, yet too little progress on my house. When we moved into our temporary apartment in June, we had hoped to move home by the end of September. Our builder, who had experience with these types of projects, felt that … Continue reading Top 7 Reasons Why an Elevation Project Drags On and on and on …

The Lord has Spoken: Giving Away Millions of Dollars

WEEK 13:  Earlier this week I spoke with Rick Lord, Chief of Mitigation Programs & Agency Preservation Officer for the New York State Office of Emergency Management. I had contacted him in hopes of securing some of the $230 million dollars FEMA had given to the state of New York for flood mitigation. Lord is the head of the program in charge of distributing the money statewide. … Continue reading The Lord has Spoken: Giving Away Millions of Dollars