After Repeat Floods, Rebuilding Better

This Connecticut shoreline house under construction in the V zone on the Connecticut shore replaces a beachfront cottage destroyed by Hurricane Irene in August, 2011. Hurricane Sandy this year did not flood the house, reports architect Russ Campaigne.

Cribbing and raising a typical Connecticut shore cottage costs about $30,000, reports architect Russ Campaigne, while constructing a new foundation and incidental costs can raise the total tab above $100,000.

But with the fix, flood insurance premiums can drop by thousands of dollars a year — and in any case, the building is unlikely to flood.

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