Make Your Home More Resilient to Flooding ─ AND Increase Your Home Value by Lifting the Home
JoTo PR client, Arc Design, was featured in a bylined article in Builder and Developer Magazine titled, Raising Homes and Raising Contractor Profits.
People will always want to live by the water. “Salt Life” isn’t just a cute phrase — for some, it truly is a way of life. Current building codes and Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) regulations are greatly reducing the risks that affect homes in the floodplain. These are all good news for homeowners and insurance companies. For the contractor, new homes are a great source of production and income.
But what about the thousands of homes that are still sitting below the floodplain? What worthwhile options are available for contractors?
Adding More Stories
One apparent solution is to design a new living level on the existing home structure, turning the ground-floor level into a garage or storage area. In a perfect world, you could start building up from there. However, the foundation of a single-story home is not designed to hold the weight of two or three stories. Thus, this process must begin with the reinforcement of the existing foundation. There’s also a possibility of needing helical piles (a steel anchoring system to reinforce foundations) if the soil is not sturdy enough for the additional weight.
Lifting A Home
Now, let’s look at an option that has not been considered by most contractors or building designers. If your client’s budget is not high enough to build a new home but is high enough to do major renovations, you can still find yourself restricted by the FEMA 50 percent rule. This next option has benefits for both the contractor and the homeowner.
The Greatest Benefits of House Lifting
- Flood insurance rates would decrease
- A raised home’s value would increase due to the number of homes in the area affected by the flood that were abandoned
ArcDesign, headquartered in Clearwater, Fl has been providing custom home design, renovations and permit designs for residents and contractors since 2003. With an unrelenting commitment to quality, they have been awarded the prestigious Best in Houzz Service Award six years running. Influenced by a multitude of 5-star reviews, clients often refer to ArcDesign as the home designers that people recommend. They excel in designs and permit drawings for new homes, additions, remodeling and rebuilding. ArcDesign also specializes in designs and plans for raising houses in flood zones to protect the homes from flooding. For more information visit: https://www.arcdesign7.net
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