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Old 02-06-2015, 05:01 AM
 
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There are two potential gas choices. Natural gas is dependent on the availability of near by underground lines and is limited to specific areas. The other is LP gas which means you have a storage tank on or in your yard somewhere and a supply truck fills it as needed. This is available in most areas with restrictions on condos etc.

Storage depends greatly on the terrain and location. Barring restrictive covenants a lot of people have smaller storage buildings in their back yard. As mentioned you can design attic space, garage space, crawl space and so on for storage. Houses close to water may be on pilings which gives the option of under house storage as long as you are willing to accept the risk of water damage to stored items. That is largely dependent on location. There are many variables that provide and limit storage but due diligence will usually find you what you need.

Hurricanes are largely overblown (pun intended). For a specific spot or location, they are generally rare. You get several days lead time as to where they are, when they are coming and how strong they are. You make your best decision as to what to do and deal with it.
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Old 02-06-2015, 07:35 AM
 
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There are two potential gas choices. Natural gas is dependent on the availability of near by underground lines and is limited to specific areas. The other is LP gas which means you have a storage tank on or in your yard somewhere and a supply truck fills it as needed. This is available in most areas with restrictions on condos etc.

Storage depends greatly on the terrain and location. Barring restrictive covenants a lot of people have smaller storage buildings in their back yard. As mentioned you can design attic space, garage space, crawl space and so on for storage. Houses close to water may be on pilings which gives the option of under house storage as long as you are willing to accept the risk of water damage to stored items. That is largely dependent on location. There are many variables that provide and limit storage but due diligence will usually find you what you need.

Hurricanes are largely overblown (pun intended). For a specific spot or location, they are generally rare. You get several days lead time as to where they are, when they are coming and how strong they are. You make your best decision as to what to do and deal with it.
If you are using a reputatable builder, just let him know your desire for lots of storage space (FROG) rooms are great for that; We also are downsizing and once the kids leave the house in under three years we hope -- you would be suprised how much they will take with them! I remember that with my oldest who moved out many years ago....Have an Estate Sale and dump a lot, too! Or, the Brunswick County area is FULL of consignment shops that can sell what you don't need anymore....Our lot is in Ocean Ridge Plantation and I plan to use Propane for cooking and heating - it's a much higher heat than electric which up here in NJ is a fortune! I know we don't have Natural Gas in ORP. Also, just make sure if you need flood insurance or not. Our lot is 50 ft. elevation so we are good; 10 minutes from the beach. No matter where you live, there will be issues; California has earthquakes; MidWest has tornato problems. It is what it is.
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