Those with a low-lying house are vulnerable to numerous risks, especially flooding. This is particularly problematic near the coast, where a sudden influx of water from a heavy storm can significantly damage the foundation. Even if water does not get into the home, it can wash away the surrounding foundation, putting the property at risk for structural damage. This is when house lifting or moving become viable decisions.

What Is House Lifting?

House lifting is a way to raise the home’s foundation above the existing foundation, which involves a comprehensive approach that is tailored to each unique need and condition of each home. Here is a brief overview of the key steps involved:

Permitting and Compliance: K.E. Braza Construction LLC facilitates the permitting process and ensures compliance with flood regulations. This includes obtaining flood compliance certification and adhering to local town and city flood elevation requirements.

Structural Planning: With over 25 years of experience, the team at K.E. Braza organizes a solid, uniformed plan for lifting structures. This includes the proper forming of grade beam foundations, installation of structural steel, and concrete support columns that are engineered to facilitate water flow without compromising home integrity.

Foundational Enhancement: The process entails replacing existing sills with structural micro lambs and steel anchoring, fortified with Simpson tie-downs and supports. This approach ensures that the structural integrity of the home remains uncompromised throughout the house lifting process.

Customization and Adaptation: Each house lifting project is customized to address the specific needs of the home. Whether it involves adding floors or reinforcing foundations, the process is tailored to enhance the home’s resilience to water-related challenges.

House lifting offers many benefits for homeowners, which include expanded space, enhanced structural integrity, and meeting compliance and safety requirements. Elevating foundations allow for additions of new floors, bringing in extra living space and increased property value. Reinforcing foundations and implementing advanced techniques can create a more resilient structure that is capable of withstanding water influx and other environmental pressures. Lastly, elevating homes can help ensure you meet flood elevation requirements and enhance the safety of your home during flooding events.

What Is House Moving?

As the name implies, whole house moving is the process of strengthening, shoring up, and then moving the home’s structure from one location to the next. The biggest drawback here is that you lose that location on the coastline, with the benefit being that, if done well, you no longer have to worry about flooding.

Factors to Consider When Deciding Between House Lifting and House Moving

To determine if raising a house is the best option or if moving the home to a new location is better, it is best to work with a structural engineer who knows the local area well. While even the most comprehensive guide online can offer insight on a general level, a full inspection is critical to determine the best strategy. Factors to consider include:

  • The structural condition of the house
  • The neighborhood and city regulations and required permits
  • The cost-effectiveness of either strategy
  • Personal preferences and future plans for the home

Make the Right Decision on Which Is Best for Your Home

For informed decision-making regarding your home’s needs, trust in the expertise of K.E. Braza. Whether the objective is safeguarding against flooding or relocating the structure, our emphasis on proper concrete reinforcement and structural supports underscores our operational approach. With a proven track record spanning 25 years, our methods inspire confidence and position us as your primary resource in challenging circumstances. Our team of seasoned professionals is dedicated to elucidating every facet of the process, offering a thorough consultation to discern the most pragmatic and economically viable solution tailored to your requirements. With an unwavering commitment to excellence and client satisfaction, K.E. Braza is your assurance that your home is in capable hands. Reach out without hesitation to explore how we can guide you toward the optimal choice for your home’s future. Contact the trusted local family-owned business with a longstanding presence along the shoreline for over five decades.