December 20, 2012 | 438 views
Ask the Architect
Questions most often asked
I’ve received an overwhelming number of questions as I make my way through people’s damaged homes, preparing damage assessment reports and discussing rebuilding. I’ll try to answer as many as I can in the next few columns.
A. My understanding is that several municipalities, knowing full well that we have to elevate, are reviewing their guidelines. In the meantime, they will still require zoning approval and will accept of higher proposed buildings as long as the proposals are “reasonable.” Attics instead of basements, carports under raised homes, bedrooms with ceiling sprinkler systems will probably be the new normal. Your jurisdiction wants to work with you, not lose you, from what I’m hearing and witnessing.
A. I don’t know about any program involving cable, but the state of New York is planning a burial for LIPA, possibly as deep as 6 feet under, with a new utility to replace them.
A. Since you didn’t ask them to make a repair, write to thank them for preparing your roof for Santa Claus and offer them milk and cookies instead.
A. A special committee with checks and balances at FEMA, co-chaired by Al Gore and Rush Limbaugh, is being set up to handle this matter. So far they are suggesting that your premium remain the same but that your floodwaters be lowered.
A. Tell them you need more work done, insist they spray and then test for proof of no mold, then re-insulate.