More Flood Proofing Options

NEW FLOOD TECHNOLOGY In a recent post I commented on the flood prevention technology being utilized in the subway stations of Nagoya, Japan. The floodgates are designed to protect the subway system from suffering extensive damages during a flood event. However, my contention is that any preventative measure that requires human activation and /or electricity to operate, suffers a potentially fatal flaw.  What if the … Continue reading More Flood Proofing Options

Sophisticated flood maps difficult to decipher (Houston Chronicle)

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Photo Credit: James Nielsen/Houston Chronicle By: Kiah Collier, Houston Chronicle Earlier this summer, before Jack Boze lost a buyer for his Kemah home to a surprisingly high flood insurance quote, he got online to see whether the odds that his waterfront property would flood had increased. Click here to continue reading this story. Continue reading Sophisticated flood maps difficult to decipher (Houston Chronicle)

FEMA Maps: House Elevation Along the Long Island Sound

Along with the east coast states of New Jersey and New York, Connecticut communities are actively elevating their flood prone homes. Many of the properties procuring this flood prevention tactic sit right on the coast line of the Long Island Sound. Beautiful front row views of the water, right up until the weather goes haywire and the Sound ends up sloshing around in their living … Continue reading FEMA Maps: House Elevation Along the Long Island Sound

Flash Flooding: Heavy Rainfall + Brief Time Frame = Big Problems

FLASH FLOODING This past weekend several cities across the U.S. were hit with severe rainfall amounts causing flash flooding and plenty of destruction. Everyone knows that a hurricane with its strong winds and heavy rains will cause significant damage and a rainy Nor’Easter will flood large areas at a time, but even a heavy summer rainstorm can be disastrous. Too much water in a short … Continue reading Flash Flooding: Heavy Rainfall + Brief Time Frame = Big Problems

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Staircase Options for an Elevated House

NEW STAIR DESIGN: One of the trickier elements to elevating a house is creating the new access stairs. Whether you are lifting your house two feet off the ground or a full story, functional yet attractive stairs will need to be designed for your home. Three things will greatly dictate  your options: the number of steps you need, the size of the property, and where your … Continue reading Staircase Options for an Elevated House

House Elevation: Choosing an Architect

CHOOSING AN ARCHITECT Starting any major renovation project can be overwhelming. Who you choose to help you with that project will impact you for months to come. When the task is to elevate your house, you’re going to need an architect. Choose wisely. Like most service providers, going by word of mouth is a good place to start. You also want to make sure they have … Continue reading House Elevation: Choosing an Architect

House Elevation: Sewer Line to be Buried 4 Feet Under

SEWER LINE CLEAN-OUT Yesterday we had a team of drain specialists come by to effectively power wash our sewer line. Although this service call does not directly have any relationship to our elevation project, it was paramount that we determined the integrity of our sewer line prior to burying it under 4 feet of cement. The only reason we are investigating it now is because … Continue reading House Elevation: Sewer Line to be Buried 4 Feet Under

How Many Balloons Would it Take to Lift a House?

After stopping by my construction site this morning and learning that we had several serious snags and disconnections between our architect, the builders, and the local building department, I needed a little levity. Does lifting a house really need to be so complicated? Not according to the Movato Real Estate Blog. They’ve actually figured out the exact number of helium balloons (the sort you can … Continue reading How Many Balloons Would it Take to Lift a House?