1. Our home was totally destroyed by Hurricane Harvey, and we
are going to rebuild. We are viewing this positively, as a chance
to add some of the bells and whistles that weren’t part of our
original home and that will maximize its value. What do you
Because of the huge number of homes requiring remodeling
now, Bellaire’s future resale market is going to reflect the
trends in new construction. You can maximize the value of
your home by incorporating some of those features into your
rebuild. The things I see many homeowners wanting are:
•Lighting and bright lighting: This can be accomplished with
recessed lighting, which is far more affordable than it used to
be — and the homeowner of today prefers LED lighting.
•Open areas: Engineering and technological advances have
allowed builders today to create open floor plans in homes
and a sense of flow that weren’t possible in the past. If you
have an area that feels too small, this is the opportunity to
open up that space by eliminating walls and other obstacles.
•Clean transitions in flooring: Pre-Harvey, many Bellaire
homes had wood floors, but a growing trend is the tile flooring
that looks like wood. If you do go from wood to tile, make
sure your contractor “floats” the floors to make them even.
Otherwise, you’ll have sections of your flooring on different
2. Harvey moved my home off its foundation — it shifted
right off the slab. Can you explain in layman’s terms how this
You are not alone — I am working on several homes that
experienced this unpleasant surprise. The good news is that it
can be fixed. Some insurance company engineers are blaming
this on wood flooring that was installed too close to a wall,
causing the wood to swell and push out the walls. My theory
is that frequently the anchor bots around the perimeter of
foundations aren’t installed properly or tightly enough. Water
is heavy — about 62 pounds per cubic foot. If a 1,500-squarefoot
home had two feet of water in it, that meant it could
have had 189,000 pounds of water pushing against the
walls. So there are many possibilities about why foundations
moved. Common sense dictates that when you have pressure
from water pushing against something that is not securely
fastened, it will likely move.
3. We’ve been going back and forth: Do we do a substantial
remodel on our flood-damaged home, or do we rebuild
completely? We’d like to hear from you about the pros and cons
Here are the things I believe you should be considering:
•How long do you plan to live in your home, and what is your
financial position in it?
•What was the condition of the home prior to the flood?
•What do you imagine will happen with your home when
you sell it — will the new buyer be willing to pay for the
improvements you have installed? Will you get a return on
This is the hardest part: You have to remove any emotion
when considering those questions. If the home was working
for you and the answer is to stay, go the quicker route and
remodel. If you want changes, new construction means a
home that is exactly the way you want it — and given the
recent frequency of flooding, current requirements will mean
it will be built higher, far out of the flood plain. That means
peace of mind. Those are the pros. The cons are all about time
— the planning, waiting on approvals, and longer construction
period that are required in rebuilding.
All these are huge decisions — but ones we deal with every
day at Luria. We’re ready to create your dream home,
however you decide to achieve it.
Do you have questions for Aaron?
Email him at Aaron@BellaireEssentials.com
Call Aaron at 713 828-2155