Storm’s a Comin’! Quick, Let’s Put the House on Stilts

Storm’s a comin’! Quick, let’s put the house on stilts
Union Beach, New Jersey / © Ira Wagner

The 2016 hurricane season is already a nasty one. Storms pummeled the Caribbean islands, Central America, Mexico and the US. And in New Jersey, people are preparing for the next big one by raising their houses up an entire level.

The painstaking construction project requires a unified hydraulic jacking system to slooooowly crank an entire house up inch by inch. Over several months, the house teeters on stilts as a crew pours the new, taller foundation. “They’re perched on these wooden supports that look almost like Jenga games,” says Ira Wagner. “It seems so precarious.”

The New Jersey photographer documented 100 homes as they undergo this transformation for his fascinating series House Raising. It features everything from craftsman bungalows to modernist mansions hovering several feet above ground—one with flowers still blooming in its window boxes. When completed, the homes will presumably be safer from the dangers of the sea while enjoying a better view of it.

House raising took off in New Jersey just months after Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012 , damaging or destroying 346,000 homes. New state regulations and expanded FEMA flood maps followed, encouraging home owners in flood-prone areas to raise their homes to dodge soaring insurance premiums. Houses are typically lifted around three to 10 feet off the ground, and can cost over $150,000. […]

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Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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