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
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
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.
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.
Developers? *2 ACRES*??
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
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.
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.
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.
Steve (in firstname.lastname@example.org) 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?
DeSoto, Iowa USA
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.
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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