New Homes & Rebuilds in Ocean, Monmouth & Atlantic County

Dream Homes Blog 5-13-13 – Rebuilding after Sandy

Demolition Notes – New FEMA Stay Dry App. –

Fire Suppression & Fire Stopping Under

Your Elevated Home


Greetings NJ

Hope this blog post finds you well.

We have a number of items today and as always, it’s my hope that at least one will help you in your efforts.

Elevations and Applications – If you are a little geeky and want to delve into a graphical view of flood zones and elevations, an interesting free application you can download for use with Google Earth is called FEMA Stay Dry. (I know – it’s kind of a funny name). Google it and download version 2.2. Among a bunch of other information, it gives you the ground elevation in front of your house at the street, as well as at grade level around the house, bulkheads and sea level. When you use it in conjunction with, you can get a great idea of what your house will look like elevated, relative to the surrounding homes. (or if you don’t feel like going through all that, you can just call me and I will tell you). Thanks to Mike Collins from Collins Surveying for telling me about this useful, helpful application.

Base Flood Notes & RemindersAs a repeated reminder, it is important to rebuild at Base Flood Elevation +3 for the lowest flood insurance rates. This elevation is measured to the finished floor in an A zone and to the bottom of the lowest structural member in a V zone. We continue to recommend BFE+4 to take into account the vagaries of future FEMA decisions. The minimum elevation in a V zone is BFE+2 to allow for “freeboard” (wave action) under the girder. Note: This information is fact and is not affected by the myriad opinions floating around out there.

Activity Report: There is more positive news this week about rebuilding activity up and down the Jersey Shore. On streets of 40 – 50 homes, we are seeing a solid 15% of the homes doing something, whether it’s preparing for demolition, doing simple interior renovations and moving back in, or taking steps towards raising the house. Activity on the barrier islands is particularly strong as we move closer to summer.

Seminar Schedule: Our next Free Rebuilding seminar will be held at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library on June 13, 2013 at 6 pm. Once again, we are hosting an excellent panel of professionals who will share important information about the different aspects of rebuilding. Currently included on our roster are Scott Lepley, architect, Steve Brasslett, Ivy First Mortgage, Tracey Giery, realtor, Sandra Guage, attorney, and an insurance professional. I will be moderating and it’ll be an open forum for discussion to get your specific questions answered. Remember to bring your surveys and flood elevation certificates. Seating is limited and refreshments will be served. Call 732 300 5619 to reserve your space.

Demolition Important Note: Any asbestos shingles under your vinyl siding MUST be removed before demolition or you can be subject to hefty fines. Any reputable contractor will handle the removal for you correctly, or if you are feeling frisky, you can do it yourself. Make sure you keep the disposal slips if you do it yourself or get them from your contractor.

On a dismal note regarding demo, it remains one of the more time consuming parts of the reconstruction. The work involved in getting all the disconnection and shut off documentation before the townships will even accept your permit is 300 times more difficult than the actual demolition. Helpful tip: If you don’t live in the house that was damaged, start calling for all your disconnect letters immediately. It takes time and follow up, is a project in and of itself and one only the homeowner can do.

Insulation and Your Garage CeilingKeep in mind that if you are able to park a car under your elevated home, you must have a double layer of 5/8” sheetrock on the garage ceiling as a fire stop. If you can’t park, a single layer of plywood is fine.

Also with the insulation in the floor/ceiling, although R-19 is the minimum required for code, for the small additional cost, we are recommending R-30 insulation. It offers a very cost effective way of saving on future energy costs and will make your floor warmer and more comfortable.

Fire Suppression and Home Fireman System Note: As a clarification, a wet (or dry) fire suppression system is not required in residential construction in NJ that is single family and under 4 floors. It was proposed to be added to the state building code, but did not pass. One great idea that we have installed in a number of homes is a Home Fireman System, which costs about $200 + plumbing and is a 50’ – 100’ coiled fire hose and nozzle which fits between the wall studs in a 2’ high cabinet. If you locate it centrally in your house, you can usually reach every room. It is an inexpensive, effective solution and will even decrease your homeowner’s insurance premium.

I hope my post helps you today.

On another note, we actively purchase raw land, building lots and existing properties and have done so for many years. If you have property to sell, give me a call and let us evaluate it for you.

Stay well NJ.


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