Elevate and Hurricane Proof Your Home with coastline home design

Elevated living safely above your flood zone

Do you live in a flood zone and worry about the next storm?


Maybe it's time to get ELEVATED and improve your view by building your next home atop steel reinforced concrete pilings or a hurricane proof stilt foundation.

Protect your family and belongings from flood and storm damage. Keep your utilities and generators in working condition safely above rising tides and debris.

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To keep you running during a storm or flood all Coastline Home Designs have the necessary utilities installed above the flood zone, out of harms way.

Flood proof your utilities including generators, heat & air conditioning, water pumps, and electrical service by elevating them above potential storm and flood surge.

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All Coastline Home Designs are ready for an outdoor elevator/lift giving you true above grade, single story living

Whether you're looking for a custom design, modular living, or a beachfront bungalow, Coastline Home Design has a plan for you. 

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Elevate your new modular home on concrete pilings

Here's an introduction to "Hurricane Proof Your Home" on Elevated Foundations- Best Practices.


A building’s foundation is arguably its most important structural element. Despite its particular

location, a foundation must support the building above it and all the loads that are exerted on it.

It must adequately transfer loads acting on the structure to the supporting soils and must resist

weathering, decay, and corrosion (with little or no maintenance) in order to remain viable for the entire

life of the building. The foundation must perform all of these functions while being exposed to the

damaging effects and conditions present in a coastal environment. These effects include erosion and

scour, breaking waves and moving floodwaters, and the potentially disastrous effects of flood  borne

debris. Coastal foundations must, therefore, be stronger, better planned and designed, and more solidly

constructed than inland foundations.

Constructing Foundations in Coastal Areas

Building in coastal environments poses unique challenges: HERE ARE BEST PRACTICE FOUNDATION GUIDELINES

*The effects of storm surge, wave action, and erosion make coastal

flooding more damaging than inland flooding.

*Buildings are often required to be elevated higher than they would be

in inland sites to avoid flooding and wave action, particularly in areas

where storm surge can inflict severe damage on the buildings.

* Foundations are exposed to damaging flood borne debris that results when floodwaters destroy older or weaker buildings and coastal structures. Erosion and scour can undermine foundations, thus causing buildings to fail.

* Basic (design) wind speeds are typically greater in coastal areas than in inland areas and require buildings (and their foundations) to be stronger in order to resist those greater loads. In coastal environments, code-compliant foundations must be designed and constructed:

* To elevate the building high enough to avoid flooding.

* To be strong enough to resist all loads expected to act on the building and its foundation during a design event.

* To satisfy the minimum requirements of the NFIP and any state or local floodplain management conditions.

* To prevent flotation, collapse, and lateral movement of the building.  

* With flood-resistant materials at or below the BFE (or DFE, in areas where the use of freeboard is mandated)

* So that the lowest floor (in A Zones) or the bottoms of the lowest horizontal structural members (in V Zones) are elevated above the BFE/DFE

* To accommodate expected scour and erosion throughout the life of the structure

A modular section being placed on concrete piers and steel beams

A modular section being placed on concrete piers and steel beams


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After witnessing the wind damage and flooding caused by Hurricane Florence this September, 2018, followed by Hurricane Michael in October, the author, Dale Buckey decided it was time to stop the madness and write a guide for residents in the low coastal areas on how to Hurricane Proof Your Home. Here Mr. Buckey outlines the best methods to elevate your home which is welding a modular home to steel beams which are placed on top of composite or concrete pilings. In addition you’ll receive guidelines on:

  • How to work with break away walls 
  • Waterproofing your utilities
  • Advice on adding an exterior elevator
  • Good, Better, and Best materials to storm proof your home.
  • How to deal with FEMA
  • Working with insurance companies
  • Modular home on pilings 
  • Builders with extensive piling experience
  • And a whole lot more.....

What can Coastline Home Design do for you?

We can design an elevated modular home plan that works for your site

We'll work and design with the leading "Off-Site" Modular Home manufacturers in the U.S.

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We can act as your Owners Representative

We're here to protect your interest in the building process and only charge a "Success" fee*.

We can find the right Home Builder and Engineer for your project.

Choosing the right professionals in the beginning will help your projects success.

Call 315 589-7000 or e-mail us at Plans@CoastlineHomeDesign.com to discuss your project in more detail.

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