Rising Above the Floods: Planning and Contracting

Patricia Skinner, Baker, Eugene  |  8/15/2016 5:50:09 PM

Planning and Contracting

There are a lot of decisions to make as you plan your elevation project. One of the biggest decisions is how high to go. This may have been established in your visit to the permit office (see Are you allowed? p.3). If not, How high is high enough? (p.6) will give you some things to consider in making your decision.

Before giving estimates, a contractor and engineer will need to inspect your building and property, find the load-bearing walls, and locate the utilities and property lines. The contractor will analyze the obstacles in the work area and will need to know if any public utility lines or other underground obstructions cross the property.

Your engineer will document these items in a site plan and foundation drawings to be included in the elevation contract. If the contractor does the engineering, you should hire an engineer to review the contractor’s foundation plans and to act as your inspector. Your engineer should have experience with local soils and should design the new foundation with wind and seismic hazards in mind (see Louisiana Floodplains, p.13).

An architect can help you with designing exterior features such as decks and porches to improve the aesthetics of the raised structure. The architect can also tell you if a look you are trying to achieve is practical from a construction standpoint.

The sheet on page 11 may help you organize your plans and estimate the cost and size of your elevation project.

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