John J Chando Jr Inc. - Design/Build Blog

Plan your New Jersey Shore Home Renovation in Time for the Summer Season

Posted by Ryan Chando on Mon, Oct 1, 2018 @ 10:37 AM


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Now that the summer is officially over and homeowners at the Jersey Shore have returned to their primary homes for winter, they may be thinking about how much their town's and neighborhood have change. Whether it's homeowners raising their homes, building new homes higher to meet stricter flood elevations, or just remodeling to fix up an aging property, the Jersey Shore has been a buzz of activity during the winter off season.
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Topics: House Liftings, New Construction, Design/Build, Site Planning, Whole House Remodel, New Home, Renovation, House Lift

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

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