Navigating the House Raising Process

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Stone Creek Restoration, a subsidy of Stone Creek Builders, is currently working on multiple house raising projects in both Monmouth and Ocean Counties, including the towns of Sea Bright, Monmouth Beach, Union Beach, Point Pleasant, Manasquan, Long Branch and Mantoloking.

After Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the state, raising your house in compliance with FEMA’s new base flood elevations is either mandatory or required in order to qualify for more affordable rates under the federal National Flood Insurance Program. If home owners do not lift their house to the required flood elevation, their insurance will cost $5,000 to $6,000 a year, whereas it will cost $500 to $600 if they do elevate.

Natural disasters are predicted to become more frequent in the northeast and New Jersey. With that in mind, it is becoming increasingly necessary to prepare and protect your home, especially living in a flood-prone area. Across New Jersey, the storm destroyed about 30,000 homes and caused an estimated $37 billion in damage.

The proposed elevations add more homes to areas called ‘A’ zones, which are at risk for coastal flooding, and ‘V’ zones, which are susceptible to high-velocity waves. Larry Hajna, spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection recommends checking local municipal building departments or property records to find existing base flood elevations. To find your new advisory elevation, type in your home address at FEMA’s advisory elevation website - click here for more insurance restoration information.

Stone Creek Builders works closely with John Mann, an Engineer at Structural Support, who says, “Careful design is required to comply with building code requirements for the Coastal ‘A’ Zone. Many architects are not aware of these code requirements, which may result in houses being supported on grossly deficient support systems.” They have been preparing plans for supporting raised houses along the Jersey Shore from Long Beach Island to Sea Bright and also along the Raritan Bay.

There are quite a few companies now providing house raising services to the residents of New Jersey, however, Stone Creek Restoration is a certified builder under the criteria of the IICRC (Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification) and is also a member of the IAQA (Indoor Air Quality Association).

As a full service general contractor, Stone Creek Builders understands the importance of proper testing and engineering in order to be flood-zone compliant and only work with the best architects and building engineers. Stone Creek Builders takes all the necessary steps – by not cutting any corners when it comes to structurally sound properties. Stone Creek Builders has partnered with the nation’s largest house raising companies to provide turn-key house raising services to all communities in New Jersey. Stone Creek Builders' client’s safety is our number one priority. Call now (732) 566-0395, or contact us at for more information.

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