Another Hurricane-Proof House

By Deane Barker on September 18, 2008

The last house standing: To all those people rebuilding after Ike, please take a cue from these people.

Pam and Warren Adams rebuilt their home in February 2006 after Hurricane Rita destroyed it the previous year. Hudspeth said that the couple hired a contractor to build a home that could withstand a Category 5 hurricane. Warren Adams watched over every step of the construction to make sure it was done correctly.

Or build a concrete dome house. We blogged about that years ago, and it’s still going strong.

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  1. Rita destroyed their home two years ago, now Ike comes through & wipes out everything again; why would anyone continually rebuild in a spot like that? Is it just me or does anyone else see the idiocy of building a house – or anything you expect to last – in a place that you know will get nature’s eraser treatment on regular basis? Even with the house standing, they’ve got some major repairs to do. Less than their neighbors, but still…

    I’d hate to pay their insurance premiums, but sadly we’re all probably subsidizing their premiums to some degree.

  2. Doesn’t matter what you build if the tidal surge hits it. During Camile, a guy who’d built a concrete dome on pilings decided to ride it out. His ham radio signals asking for rescue cut out in the middle of the hurricane, and 10 years later, the the columns and the staircase that were all that was left were still sticking out of the sand on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

  3. You people who like to complain about “subsidizing” our premiums on the coast need to think about what it would do to cost of living if everyone lived in the same place (think all large cmpact urban areas and extrapolate that to the entire country to some degree if no one was allowed to build on the coast). Of course if you are not allowed to live in a place that could be wiped out by a hurricane, then you would not be allowed to live in a place where there are likely to be tornados, or any place where earthquakes possibly occur. The Gulf Coast is a large place, and these hurricane are not striking in the same place every time. In Dave’s world we would all be living in your home town-along with the people in “tornado” country and the entire west coast. Oh yeah-ice storms can be so bad that they are considered federal emergencies, and for that matter so are the floods that have been wiping out towns since the beginning of time. At least those of us on the coast have flood insurance (as well as homeowners and windstorm insurance). By the way, for those of you that like to think that the coast are ugly and people should just not live there: Without those of us on the coase, and the refineries that we run-you would not be able to drive your cars, or heat your homes in the winter. Unless you walk or bike everywhere, and chop your own wood (by hand-at least not with a gas chain saw) to heat your home you need us to keep your life as it is. If you get your way-I will be comming to live next door to you-that should be fun.

  4. I would like to know what the home owners thoughts are about have a home still standing in a neighbourhood that that no longer exists. Would he have rather rebuilt where there is a neighbourhood? (not to neglect the other facts such as, this is a prettey extreeme case and that a building like this may be capable of saving lives)

  5. This “last house standing” was built to code or better. What they are not saying is most of the house in that area (gilcrist) were old cabins, some over 60 years old that were built less than 8 feet above the ground. Gilcrist is approx. 5 feet above sea level so Ike’s 20 plus foot surge wiped everything that wasn’t built very high. Even alot of the high house were no match for tornatoes and massive amount of debris in the water. So this “last house standing” was built well and built high and most of all was very lucky… That house had massive amount of errosion on there lot. They have spent weeks trying to fill under and around the house. I would have not withstood much more. Nothing down there (gilcrist, crystal beach, port bolivar) will withstand a tornato or surge water directly hitting the house…. So “last house standing” you were very lucky

  6. OK, crazy to live there ? have you ever visited ? it is drawing.. .ever live in the city & see the blood on the sidewalk ? I sure have. Many times. Ever seen a F5 tornado damage ? I have 5 miles from my house.

  7. if this pic is real than why don’t they show a close up of the house to disprove apparent pixel anomalies

  8. Pic is real. Do some internet searches. But what pic doesn’t show is interior damage from waves and high water. The best house to build on this beach would be a small hut, preferably made of local materials, that you can afford to rebuild if it gets completely trashed. The beach is at the edge of one of mother nature’s most powerful forces…the ocean. Keep it simple.

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