Set on a corner lot in the middle of an established neighborhood between the waters of the Gulf and the Intercoastal, this renovation transformed an existing concrete block and stucco three-bedroom, ranch style house, set only four feet above sea level.
The owners challenged the MMA team to create an entirely new raised living level, in compliance with FEMA requirements to an elevation of 11 feet above sea level.
The constraints of the project created unique opportunities, including: elevated views, redefinition of interior space relationships to a much more open floor plan, and a new meaning of “inside versus outside”. The footprint of the existing home was maintained, the roof was removed, and parts of the structure now support the new raised living level.
The existing walls were structurally underpinned to support new loads above, and new wood louvers in existing openings at the ground level now allow flood waters to pass through in the event of a flood.
We employed hurricane-proof glazing and carefully concealed an upper deck mechanical system to keep the home fully operational during weather events. A new elevator and stair provide convenient access to the upper living level from the street and garage. The pool and spa are elevated for convenient access to the living level, while being fully enclosed by mature landscape plantings. Even with its new elevated condition, the completed home and outdoor living areas are unexpectedly grounded and quiet as they overlook the surrounding neighborhood.