Thursday, September 29, 2005

How to Build a Hurricane-Proof House


BUILDING A HURRICANE PROOF HOUSEIn 2005, home improvement guru Bob Vila's nationally syndicated television program featured the rebuilding of a hurricane damaged house in Florida.

With concrete walls measuring 6 inches thick, shatterproof windows and an elevated foundation, the new home is designed to withstand a category 5 hurricane.

Bob Villa's Web page linked in the story below features a number of articles and video clips from the show.

Rebuilding to Beat a Hurricane
( -- Bob is in hurricane battered Punta Gorda, Florida, to build a storm-ready home in season 1 of Bob Vila. Bob visits two homes in the same neighborhood, one that was completely destroyed by hurricane Charley in August 2004, the other that was built to exceed hurricane codes and was left unscathed by hurricane winds and water from the same storm. Read full story.
UPDATE, August 2007:

On the Discovery Channel program Build It Bigger, host Danny Forester explores the construction of heavy duty modular homes and their journey from factory to final site.

See: Hurricane-Proof Homes

There's also some video from the show at the Discovery Channel video browser.

Also see Safeway Homes, a Lexington, Mississippi factory where modular hurricane proof homes are made.

Media links: The Clarion-Ledger.

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Books from

21st Century Complete Guide to Hurricane Survival: Practical Emergency Plans and Protective Measures with Official Preparedness and Survival Plans at Home or Away, Building Standards, and Hurricane History and Data (CD-ROM)

Hurricane Resistant Construction Manual

Hurricane Survival Made Easy: A Guide for Hurricane Preparedness

Making Buildings Safer for People During Hurricanes, Earthquakes and Fire


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

See real hurricane proof construction underway in an online photo-journal.
My DAC-ART home in Gulf Shores got a direct hit in Ivan. Just has hoped, the house stood tight. It got a LOT of press.

Now my Jerry Nasello is building a muich larger hurricane proof house about 4 miles down from me. I am doing a photo journal of the process on

You might want to have a look.

9:18 PM EST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Opps, meant to leave you a link..try again

9:19 PM EST  

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