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August 13, 2012

Built on Stilts and Built to Last

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This elevated Saint James City home in Florida has a two-car garage below its first level.

The stilted appeal

Coastline development has exploded, particularly in Florida. Homeowners want oceanfront living, and with improved elevated home technology, it's possible.

Of course, the downside of all elevated homes is the climb to the first level.

"If you're going to live by the beach, people tend to pay a premium and sacrifice certain things," explained Pacuilla. "Some people aren't interested in climbing stairs, and some people aren't interested in living in flood and tsunami zones. Some people are willing to put up with that."

However, notes Kolanowski, with an elevator, a home on stilts looks a lot more appealing.

"The cost of residential elevators has gone down," he said. "Florida is a retirement area. A lot of people come down for what we have - which is endless sunshine - and it makes elevators a necessity."

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