Topsider Kit Homes – Since 1968

These photos from 1968 depict the earliest days of Topsider Homes' unique kit house concept.

Topsider Homes was one of the earliest kit home makers in the US, dating back to 1968.  Its unique octagonal home designs and pedestal home foundations were [and still are] ideal for difficult building sites and locations with panoramic views. The earliest Topsider kit homes included everything down to appliances, carpeting and the finishing touches.  Today, clients pick and choose what they want Topsider to provide.  Some only want the “weather tight” shell components and panels, while others, particularly in remote areas like the Caribbean and South Pacific, want all materials and finishes supplied – often even to include interior furnishings and accessories.

 

No other kit home or package home company offers the extensive services that Topsider Homes does.  These services range from free in-house design and house plans, builder recruitment [when requested], assistance with all aspects of seeking building approvals, and logistical assistance and general coordination during the construction phase.

Topsider Homes’ house kits go together quickly and easily in “erector set” fashion. And unlike “stick built” and other building component companies, many of Topsider’s designs can be assembled to a “weather tight” state in just days, depending on the size and complexity.

Topsider Homes Shipped Worldwide For More Than Forty Years

Topsider Homes has been exporting homes throughout the world since the late-1960s. We have shipped to every imaginable climate from the Arctic Circle to the South Pacific. We are experience in remote site shipping and logistics, and the realities of designing and specifying structures that withstand severe climates – and most importantly, structures that can be built to consistent high quality standards quickly and easily by local labor.

Topsider home components being unloaded from a small vessel at a remote tropical island port.

These hurricane-resistant pedestal homes from Topsider were built at Treasure Cay, Great Abaco, Bahamas.

Our export experience, particularly in tropical, hurricane, typhoon and cyclone-prone regions like the South Pacific, Bahamas, Caribbean and Indian Ocean is extensive. Our homes are engineered and designed to withstand these devastating natural forces as well as earthquakes in areas like California, Japan and Alaska.

We specialize in designing, prefabricating and shipping individual homes to remote destinations, private islands and otherwise unbuildable locations. Our designs range from small cottages of 500 sq. ft. up to grand houses that approach 20,000 sq. ft. And we also have extensive experience with resort development projects and true commercial structures such as restaurants, hotels, marinas, nursing homes and various resort facilities.

Topsider Homes Survive a Direct Hit from Hurricane Irene

Pool side view of a small Topsider Homes resort in Puerto Rico that survived a direct hit from Hurricane Irene.

Hurricane Irene turned from a tropical storm into a hurricane just 14 miles from making landfall on the island of Vieques in Puerto Rico, a picturesque resort island where Daly Reville owns a very intimate and luxurious private rental compound called Los Bohios http://losbohios.com/.  The compound features three Topsider Homes surrounding a pool and oriented for picturesque seascape views.

Vieques was blasted with sustained hurricane force winds for hours, while Irene stalled right on top of them.  Daly had left the island for the mainland, and with almost no time to prepare for the storm.  She received reports that the devastation on the island was extensive, and prepared for the worst, with the news that virtually every structure had sustained damage and many had been totally obliterated.

When she returned to Vieques several days later she was thrilled to find her Topsider Homes were unharmed, yet surrounded by devastation in every direction. “Words could not express how relieved I was to see my place virtually unharmed.  We felt so lucky.  We knew that our Topsider Homes were engineered to be hurricane resistant, but this was such a big hurricane and the island was pounded for so many hours by such high winds, we almost couldn’t believe our eyes.  I just had to call Topsider and tell them about this and share our gratitude for the great houses they sold us,” said Daly Reville.