John J Chando Jr Inc. - Design/Build Blog

New June 2013 FEMA Flood Maps - Raise your home with confidence

Posted by Justin Chando on Mon, Jun 24, 2013 @ 11:32 AM

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FEMA has finally issued revised flood maps for the Jersey Shore receding some of the dramatic expansion of V-Zones, it’s time to get down to business elevating your homes with confidence.

Look up your property’'s Base Flood Elevation on “the website, "What is my BFE”".

Homeowners should be very excited about this. Potential wave action requires V-Zone houses to be set on pilings and have “break away” wall construction. In A-Zones however, traditional perimeter wall foundations are acceptable. While the easing of V-Zone restrictions are good in regards to the ease of construction, we don’t agree with some of the new base flood elevation (BFE) heights that in many cases went back down to their pre-Sandy levels. In some cases, homes that conformed to the old flood elevation before the storm still got flooded in Sandy. We don’t think this makes sense, even if you justify Superstorm Sandy as a “500-year” storm - we now know that homes at these elevations can be flooded, which means there is still risk involved with restoring your house and maintaining your elevation. If you need to go through the expense of lifting your home, we think you need to go at least one foot above Sandy flood elevations regardless of what your FEMA issued BFE says.

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Topics: Disaster Restoration, House Liftings

Barnacle Bills: Rebuilding and Restoring a Jersey Shore Business

Posted by Justin Chando on Wed, Jun 19, 2013 @ 05:04 PM

building property restoration We have been hard at work putting the Ortley Beach, NJ landmark Barnacle Bills Amusements back together after it was severely damaged from Hurricane Sandy. We were tasked to design and build an entirely new restaurant, Mini Golf course, and arcade for this legacy jersey shore business. Anyone who has been down on the jersey shore has seen Barnacle Bill’s face, so we took it really seriously when we took on the project, so that we could make the entire site better without losing any of its original “shore” charm. After Sandy, Barnacle Bills was left in disarray with all of the famous classic arcade games being thrown out to the curb. The JJC Inc. team took on the commercial project and we’re working towards a re-opening this summer.

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Topics: build services, Disaster Restoration

Starting the House Lifting Process in Point Pleasant, NJ - JJC Inc.

Posted by Justin Chando on Fri, Jun 7, 2013 @ 05:45 PM

house lifting point pleasant njRaising a house can be tricky business. Especially when the existing crawl space is very shallow, as was the case in this Point Pleasant home. The start of the process required some excavation in front of the house to allocate room for the steel I-Beams to get under the first floor joists. The team moved in with their equipment, 60’ long steel beams, and slowly added wood “cribbing”. Cribbing is usually accomplished with blocks of wood, often 4"x4" or 6"x6" and 18"-24" long. Soft woods, like spruce and pine are often preferred because they crackwood cribbing used for house lifting slowly and make loud noises before completely failing, whereas stiffer woods may fail explosively and without warning. We wouldn’t want any of these blocks failing without warning when holding up a house! The steel I-Beams sit on top of the cribbing in order to support the structure. These beams will support the load of the entire house until we rebuild the new foundation at the new flood elevation. In this case the house weighed 60 tons (as measured by the hydraulic jacking system)!house lifting process

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Topics: Disaster Restoration, House Liftings, New Flood Elevation