Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Building hurricane-resistant homes (link)

... "People do think about safety a little bit more around here," Romig says. "This whole area near Port Charlotte went through a lot with Hurricane Charley in 2004. Still, it's been a bit of an uphill battle to get the public to understand what we are doing. Our goal is to give people affordable homes that are safe.

Link: News : Hurricanes & Tornadoes : Storm Sellers: Hurricane-Resistant Building Attracts Buyers : HGTVPro.com

Sounds good to me!  As a matter of fact, we're thinking of using precast concrete walls, and our builder says that it is faster.  Btw, we got Charley, Francis, and then Jeanne.  It was Jeanne that took out our power and porch ceilings.  Our house and septic system (the mesa) are high enough that we don't worry about flooding, but we were surrounded by water.  We could always use the driveway, however, even when there was a sheet of water across it.  I remember rescuing tadpoles as the water began to dry up.

For more info on hurricane-resistant homes, there's an article, Safe Through the Storms, in the Spring/Summer 2007 issue of New Home.  I'd love operable shutters.  At least I have whole-house surge protection.

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