Super Storm Sandy Survivors,
A special note from Maureen...

I am a native born Massapequan and I feel heartbroken over all the devastation that has occurred due to this fierce storm. To help storm survivors, I have put together a Special Team of Designers to help you create an affordable, beautiful design for your home.

Ask about our reduced rates for all who have been affected by the storm.

If you need to raise your home to comply with FEMA regulations and need to see how it can look with Conceptual Ideas & Drawings which may include a new flight of stairs with landings, a walkway and perhaps a new driveway....Our Team of Specialized Designers can help.

If you need a new Landscape Design with Plant Material suitable for property near the Great South Bay....Our Team of Specialized Designers can help.

We can tie in the Exterior with the Interior because this is our specialty. We have been doing Landscape Design & Interior Design since 1990.

We specialize in Space Planning & Conceptual Designs. If you are having trouble visualizing your ideas, now that your home is gutted, we can provide Sketches & Drawings so that you can see what the new design will look like. We can also address Future Needs & Aging in Place.

We can provide the necessary Professionals required by your Building Department for Plans, Permits and Variances.

Later, when you are ready to select Furniture, Flooring, Carpet, Window Treatments, Wall Treatments and Accessories you can contact our Materials Specialist Marie Byrne at: She can provide access to Showrooms, Trade Products & Services.

Below is an example of a house that was re-designed in 1998 to comply with FEMA requirements at that time.

Originally this was a small summer home bungalow on a canal, close to the Great South Bay in Amityville. This newly renovated home, survived Hurricane Sandy with minimal damage in comparison to other people on the block because the existing portion of the house was cradled and lifted to accommodate New Helical Piles (Helix Pilings)* to meet FEMA's requirements. The new extension on the left portion of the house also sits on Helical Piles and is about 18" higher than the existing house. This allowed the water surge from Hurricane Sandy to run under the house instead of inside the house. The new extension had NO damage at all.

A new second story was designed to sit on top of the old and the new. It was designed to fit in with the existing Amityville Beach Community and looks like it has been there for many years. The Landscaping is designed to hide the Pilings and the SonoTubes that were used for the foundation. The plants were chosen carefully. They had to survive the sandy soil, the winds, the salt air and frequent tide surges.

Pre Construction

Post Construction

Be Still Design, Inc.
Maureen A. DelPezzo, ASID, NYSCID
(516) 798-2254

*Helical Pilings by Hughes Brothers General Contracting, Inc.

See Newsday article, 4/29/2013, "For South Shore homeowners, unstable soil adds to challenge of rebuilding"


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