When clients approach our firm to discuss raising a beach house the conversation usually begins, “I don’t want a house on stilts!” While elevating a coastal home to the required elevation can represent a substantial financial investment, it can also yield rewards and several design opportunities. Here are some items to consider:
…If you are required to raise your building 5 ft. think about elevating the structure an additional 4 ft. and you’ll gain adequate height for usable space below the building.
…The ground floor can accommodate an enclosed garage eliminating the cost of building a new structure for cars and storage. The architecture can include windows, doors, wood shingles or clapboard to harmonize with the rest of your home. The only requirement is that the exterior walls be designed to break away during excessive flooding.
…The entry stair can be enclosed and heated and located beneath the home. It does not have to be an exterior stair that is attached the building. You may also want to consider installing a residential elevator.
…Federal house raising grants may be available to communities that participate in the National Flood Insurance Program. You could also realize additional savings in the form of lower insurance premiums after you raise your house
The bottom line….raising your beach house doesn’t have to mean ruining your home.
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