Watch this incredible video footage that condenses 100 days of a house lift elevation project into a tidy three minute video. The house is in Seguin, Texas just outside of San Antonio. Unlike our house lift experience, this house sat on a concrete slab. There were a few other significant differences between this video and our house lift project. First, this house was all one … Continue reading House Lift Video: 17 Feet in 3 Minutes
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 …
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
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
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?
Today marks the official start of our “operation house lift” project. It has been almost a YEAR in the making with many details, reports, surveys, blueprints, and bids to sort through. The planning phase has been very involved and tedious. Our house has endured several flood events. Opting to elevate the hosue was not our first line of defense, but it will be the last. … Continue reading House Elevation Step One: Chimney Removal