Hurricane-proof House

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In certain flood prone areas it is already requird by code. Has been for a number of years in some places. It is js ut common sense if you are prone to flooding either on the coast or the banks of a river. Houses in Florida and the New Jersey shore have been rasied on pilings for the same reason.

Every building? Yes, but for many it makes a lot of sense. In some areas there are even basement apartments that are about six feet below grade. Makes for some interesting things in the bathtub when plumbing problems happen.

Las Vegas is using elevated walkways to avoid traffic. It can easily be used in other areas too. Well, maybe not always easily, but it is not a bad idea.

Maybe. In New York it is common to leave a car parked or "stored" for weeks at a time. Parking, storeage, just variations on termonology.
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Some of us <like> a little isolation. Not all of us can stand to live in a beehive, or care to live in densely populated areas. Not slamming people that like that lifestyle, but the times I've had to live in structures like that (ie, college dorms, big-city apartment blocks), I found it highly irritating. I don't wanna hear when the neighbors flush, fight, or f**k, and I don't wanna irritate the neighbors when I turn up the TV loud. I also like sitting quietly on the back porch at dawn, trying to be still enough that the birds will come to the feeder while I am on 'their' side of the glass. Can't do that in a high-rise, or even in most condos. Suburbia has its downsides of course- mowing/raking/snow shoveling being 3 of them. If I didn't have to worry about resale, I'd live in a shack on the edge of the woods. But you have to be well off to live like Thoreau these days.
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Developers? *2 ACRES*??
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What protion of Fantasy Island do you live on?

My questions is, where the heck did he get the notion of *2 acres*? Since I've lived in various areas of North America, I've consequently looked a a *lot* of housing, and in the past 15 years, I've seen damn few developers who give ya much more than maybe 8000 sq ft.
The "developer's dream" - no way in bleep is that 2 acre lots - it is to cram the maximum number of structures, built with the minimum amount of quality materials and in the minimum amount of time, onto the smallest possible piece of land possible - meaning, that people will still be silly enough to buy. Plop a pile of oatmeal onto a 20'X20' lot, and sell it for $500K, that's their dream.
And real estate agents?? Their dream is to squeeze the maximum commission out of the biggest sales possible. A 7% (or more) commission on a $5million house, that's their dream. And even better if it's not 50 miles out of town - better if it's a small property in the city, so they don't have to spend so much on gasoline and wear'n'tear on the car.
Where and how does anyone get the idea that either give a crap about how big a lot you want?
Man, I WISH I could have 2 acres. but screw mowing. I'd want to leave a lot of it natural and xeriscape the rest - i.e. use tavive species and cultivars thereof, for minimal maintenance and maximum "critter friendliness".
I can't mow anyway, it gives me hives and make me cough blood because I'm so allergic to the shit. I loathe lawns. They're boring, they're environmental wastelands, and the chemical pollution from them is apalling. Also, I can't stand the drone of powered lawnmowers.

Also, sheep. Also geese. But IMO, use groundcovers or low-growing native grasses. For example, there is a cultivar of Buffalo Grass (native to the plains regions of North America) that only grows 4" high and has a fairly fine texture, *much* finer than this crabgrass-like junk (?St.Augustin?) that's everywhere - whetehr you want it or not because it doesn't creep, it RUNS, and gets into everything, very aggressive and a real pain to get out of planting beds. I hate the stuff with a passion.
God, I'd love 2 acres. I'd love more - 20 acres. Keep most of it natural and just put a walking path through it.
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You know because my girlfirend lives in Monroe, LA she deserves nothing less than a 15,000 square foor mansion. See my new post asking about the Richardsonian Romanesque style house since my dream is to build her (&me) a huge tornado proof mansion if I ever become rich enough. But all of your ideas are good though.
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Cat-5 Hurricane winds start at 155mph. Tornados start at around 200mph, and a Cat-5 tornado has wind speeds in excess of 300mph.
Wind loads appear to be calculated according to the formula PSF=(mph^2)/250, or thereabouts.
So for a worst-case hurricane, you have to design for side-loads (and uplift) of 160PSF, whereas for tornadoes, its around 360PSF. For comparison, the floor of your house is typically designed for around 60PSF. (Of course the limit for the floor is acceptable deflection, rather than yield strength, so if you built your house so that any face could be the floor, you'd probably be OK in the hurricane.)
The good news is, if you can manage this, floodwaters should be trivial, at least in terms of mechanical damage.
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A boat on a foundation. It would break away and float in the event that the water got too high. Or one on pilings high enough to withstand Katrina.

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Steve wrote:

Have you ever seen a boat on the water, during a hurricane.
Apparently, not.
Notan
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Steve (in snipped-for-privacy@corp.supernews.com) said:
| A boat on a foundation. It would break away and float in the event | that the water got too high. Or one on pilings high enough to | withstand Katrina
You mean like one of those big casino boats?
-- Morris Dovey DeSoto Solar DeSoto, Iowa USA http://www.iedu.com/DeSoto/solar.html
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It makes it easier to figure out where to park the house, it keeps the house from sinking wandering around during normal weather, it keeps the wooden bits away from the wood-eating dirt, and it gives you a fixed point to which you can anchor your utilities.
--Goedjn
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Goedjn wrote:

... and provides an attractive launching pad.
Notan
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Possible, but I'd think it would be easier, cheaper, and less of a shock to the local code inspector if you build a concrete cellar... no this is N'Orleans, so there is no cellar.. I'm still voting for a concrete perimeter foundation, 12" above grade, with a 24" sealed "barge" platform as the ground floor. that gives you a displacement of 2cuft per square-foot or area, which means a total building+occupancy weight of around 120psf.. so you're limited to heavy 1-story buildings, or light 2-story ones. When you outgrow the house, though, you can jack the whole thing up 10', and build a (floodable) ground floor underneath, on the existing footings.
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"The length of the Ark shall be 300 cubits, the breadth of it 50 cubits, and the height of it 30 cubits. A window shall thou make to the Ark and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above." - God

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Don wrote:

Metric?
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Don wrote:

I don't know, at least there was always a standard at hand (so to speak)... :)
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