Drew and Pam Shefman know what it’s like to experience flooding. Their Meyerland Neighborhood flooded twice in two years — once in the 2015 Memorial Day flood, and then again in the Tax Day flood of 2016. Frustrated with what seemed like endless repairs, they said “never again” and decided to raise their home up into the air. This idea prevented them from suffering another flood (barely) from Harvey by being lifted the day before the hurricane hit.

While it is not unheard of to lift homes up a couple if feet, the Shefmans’s decided to lift their mid-century modern home up a whopping 10 feet up in the air. This has led to an interesting and unusual use of space under the home that could be considered a back porch or an open air basement (both can be debated). That, on top of some odd surprises including secret doors and cabinets that open in one room and close in another, make this a space needs to be explored. You might even learn a thing or two about preparing for a flood. After all, Drew and Pam have a little experience in the matter.


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