A major renovation which includes raising the house above FEMA’s base flood elevation was recently started by Frederick + Frederick Architects on Fripp Island, SC. Wolfe House and Building Movers of Bernville, PA raised the house January 5, 2017. Andy Meloan of A & D Builders of Saint Helenas Island, SC is the general contractor.
When renovation costs are greater than 50% of the value of the house, the first floor has to be raised above the base flood elevation. Jane Frederick, of Frederick + Frederick Architects said, “To many raising a house seems complicated and expensive but often it is much more cost effective. The deciding factor is usually how much of the original house would be retained in the renovation.”
The construction will take a year. When the project is complete, the master bedroom will be relocated to the existing garage, there will be a new kitchen and baths, a new guest house and a golf cart garage.
Frederick + Frederick Architects specialize in custom homes for hot, humid climates.
The Beaufort, SC firm was established in 1989 by the husband and wife team of Jane and Michael Frederick.