Building near the water
Hi everyone. I must say this forum is wonderful. We are in the planning stages and in just 2 days we have seen so many ideas and beautiful homes.
Some background info:
We have a waterfront lot on a canal off the river. Last month we were hit hard by Hurricane Ike and this has made us rethink our original plan. Our neighborhood flooded!! The surge pushed water up into the lake and the river so our neighborhood was not protected by the levee. One house had 8ft of water...Our lot had 5 feet over it. We are now wanting to build a house with the living area on the second floor....first floor is garage/shop and one large entertainment room that has stair and an elevator that lead to the second floor. We are hoping to do all the walls on the main floor out of cinder blocks and masonry blocks. This will be our support structure for the second floor.
Has anyone used masonry rocks on their homes? These are the pretty cinder blocks. They look like stone when installed and do not need to be covered by siding or bricks. Anyone have a house with living on the second floor with any advice? The water behind us is brackish to salty...what materials have any of you used that has done well around the salt water?