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Elevated Home Luxury Lake House Design By Topsider

Building Elevated Homes
& Raised House Plan Designs

With literally thousands of elevated homes built throughout the world, they can be found in every conceivable setting and environment – from tropical coastlines to snowcapped mountain slopes.. Topsider Homes' high-quality pre-engineered prefab post and beam building approach makes elevated...

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Bahamas luxury oceanfront beach house

Home Building In The Bahamas
with Topsider Homes

Select islands in the Bahamas are Import Duty exempt. This exemption has been extended to June 30, 2026 and now includes Eleuthera, Abaco, Bimini, and Grand Bahama Island (East & West Ends). Click HERE to view a complete list. There is a lot to do between now and mid-2026 if you want to beat the deadline and save. It all begins by contacting us or requesting a FREE Cost Estimate.

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Hurricane proof home storm resistant coastal house by Topsider homes

Building Hurricane-Resistant Homes

Topsider Homes are the perfect combination of beauty, function and safety. They are designed to blend with their surroundings and endure the worst that Mother Nature can throw at them. Building hurricane-resistant homes has been Topsider Homes' specialty for more than 45 years. Our coastal, storm-resistant home designs have been built on pedestals, stilts and pilings and have survived decades of major hurricanes, including most recently, Hurricanes Irma, Harvey, Sandy and Irene.

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Rebuilding After Hurricane Dorian

Rebuilding After Hurricane Dorian

Rebuilding after a natural disaster like Hurricane Dorian is not a simple task. Topsider Homes has decades of experience with hurricane and flood damage rebuilding - long before Hurricanes Dorian, Florence and Irma struck the Bahamas, Carolinas, the Florida Keys and surrounding areas. We have experience dealing with federal, state and local agencies like FEMA, the Army Corps of Engineers and even the SBA and other funding organizations that provide assistance during such events.

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Unique Craftsman Style Residential Homes

Topsider Homes’ Signature Design
House Plans Collection

Premium Home Styles Individually Designed for You! Topsider's Signature Design Collection is a series of high-style residential neighborhood home designs that blend craftsman style architecture with Topsider Homes' unique multi-sided Post & Beam building system.

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Unique luxury Hawaii Topsider Home

Topsider Prefab Homes are Ideal
for Building in Hawaii

Topsider Homes has been designing and shipping prefab homes to Hawaii for decades.  With a wide variety of climates, terrains, soil conditions and other considerations -- e.g., earthquakes and hurricanes -- building in Hawaii can be a complex undertaking.  Topsider understands these challenges...

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Florida Keys two-story stilt home Topsider

Hurricane Home Building
in the Florida Keys

Topsider Homes have been built throughout the Florida Keys, from Key Largo to Key West, since the late-1960s. Individual Topsider houses and resort projects featuring pedestal homes and piling (stilt) homes are scattered throughout the Upper and Lower Keys. Our quality hurricane prefab panelized homes have withstood many major storms in the Keys and elsewhere...

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Prefab stilt house and deck assembly video  – Short piers

Topsider Homes’ Latest YouTube Prefab Home Assembly Animation

Topsider Homes' latest YouTube video animation shows how fast and simple it is to assemble its low-maintenance, hurricane-resistant homes built on piers, stilts or pilings for maximum storm safety. Whether a small getaway cottage or a large primary home, from the foundation to the roof, Topsider's high-quality precision-made building components fit together like the pieces of a puzzle.

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

Topsider Homes Shipped Worldwide
For More Than Fifty 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...

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Topsider Homes Panoramic Virgin Islands Ocean View

Home Building in the Virgin Islands

Topsider Homes has been building houses in the US Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands since the early 1970s. Our custom designed homes range from small cottages built slab-on-grade to large luxury two-story floor plans. And our unique homes can be found throughout the BVI and USVI on Tortola, St. John, St. Thomas, St. Croix and elsewhere in the Virgin Islands. Many Topsider homes there took direct hits from Category Five hurricane Irma and have weathered the storm.

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Cayman Island Home Building

Cayman Island Home Building

The Cayman Islands have extended the Import Duty Moratorium for building materials on Little Cayman and Cayman Brac until 2025 – and continue the 15% duty savings on Grand Cayman. Import duty significantly impacts the cost of home building. These changes mean that building materials will come in with no import duty on the Sister Islands and reduced rates on Grand Cayman....

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Contemporary & Modern Post & Beam Structure Home Interior Design

Modern & Contemporary Home Designs
by Topsider Homes

Topsider Homes has been well-known for unique modern and contemporary home designs since the late-1960s. Our client’s homes range in size from small house plans under 500 sq. ft. to large luxury homes approaching 20,000 sq. ft. They have been built in locations from Hawaii to the Florida Keys in the US and throughout the Bahamas, Caribbean, South Pacific and Europe. .

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Topsider patio and guest house

Prefab Patio House Assembly Animation by Topsider Homes

Topsider Homes' new YouTube video assembly animation takes you step-by-step through the fast and easy assembly of one of its high-quality prefab patio homes. Topsider patio house designs are based on a unique prefab Post & Beam, panelized timber frame building system with no interior loadbearing walls. This allows nearly total flexibility for interior floor planning and design...

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Topsider Kit Homes Circa 1968

Topsider Kit Homes – Since 1968

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.  

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Designing and specifying unique homes for challenging terrain has been Topsider's specialty for years.

Plan Your Retirement Home
the Right Way with Topsider Homes

Two building design concepts that are ideal in planning a retirement home are: Universal Design and Aging in Place Design. Universal Design incorporates a wide range of design elements that provide a flexible living environment that will readily adapt to changing needs over the course of a lifetime.

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Designing and specifying unique homes for challenging terrain has been Topsider's specialty for years.

The History of Octagonal Homes
and Structures

Octagonal homes originally became popular throughout the United States during the late 19th century, but their recorded history dates back thousands of years. The octagon shape has always been a symbolic architectural theme representing regeneration, rebirth and renewal. The oldest known octagonal structure is The Tower of the Winds in Athens, Greece which was built in approximately 300 B.C.

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Topsider Homes blend naturally with their surroundings.

Scenic Mountainside Views
with Topsider Homes

Topsider’s unique pedestal foundations and flexible building system make for spectacular panoramic views, is adaptable to practically any terrain, and can make an unbuildable site buildable. Difficult terrain has been one of Topsider’s specialties since 1968. In fact, the first Topsider Homes were built on the side of mountains in Boone, NC.

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Topsider Homes blend naturally with their surroundings.

Topsider Homes Makes it Easy to
Start Your New Home Building Project

Since 1968 Topsider Homes has designed and shipped thousands of homes throughout the United States and internationally diverse locations ranging from the Bahamas to the Arctic Circle. No matter where your home building project is located, our in-house design and technical staff, together with our many free services...

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Topsider’s prefab patio house designs make perfect guest houses and home additions for “granny flats” and “in-law” suites.

Topsider’s Quality Prefab Patio House Designs & Guest House Plans

Great Ideas for “In-Law” Suites and “Granny Flats”. As the baby-boom generation continues to age, the trend of families adding an attached home addition as an “in-law” suite or a detached guest house as a “granny flat” is a growing trend. These houses and home additions are generally small patio house designs with floor plans that are functional and handicap accessible.

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Pedestal Home by Topsider Homes

Unique Pedestal Home Foundations
by Topsider Homes

Topsider Homes' unique pedestal home foundation was originally designed in 1968 as a solution to building on severely sloping mountainside building sites. This ingenious foundation design not only was more appealing and less expensive than other foundation types, but also allowed for less disturbance to the environment.

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This Topsider four-car prefab garage kit was designed to blend perfectly with the existing home structure

Topsider Prefab Garages & Garage Kits

Topsider Homes offers a variety of stock and custom garage designs and plans for virtually any need, building site or location. We have been designing and shipping prefab garage kits throughout the world for more then 50 years. Because of Topsider’s unique panelized Post & Beam building system, Topsider garages are built to the highest quality standards and assemble quickly and easily. Topsider garages feature 2×6 framing and have a massive structural skeleton able to withstand hurricanes, earthquakes and heavy snow loads.

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Designing and specifying unique homes for challenging terrain has been Topsider's specialty for years.

Topsider Homes Survive 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. The compound features three Topsider Homes surrounding a pool and oriented for picturesque seascape views.

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Designing and specifying unique homes for challenging terrain has been Topsider's specialty for years.

Add Your Personal Style to Your New Home Design with Our Design Team

Interior selections and finishes are what make a house a home, and your new home isn’t complete without your personal touch. That’s why Topsider’s Interior Design experts will work closely with you to help guide you in the selection of hardware, flooring, bathroom fixtures, kitchen cabinets and countertops and much more. Topsider’s Design Center offers an intimate and personal setting to view and discuss the latest styles....

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Designing and specifying unique homes for challenging terrain has been Topsider's specialty for years.

Planning Your Next Home
Has Never Been Easier

Whether you're interested in a small getaway house in the mountains, a vacation home at the beach, or a sprawling year-round home, Topsider's unique Post & Beam building system lets you create the perfect leisure living home plan for any building site anywhere in the world.

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Topsider Homes blend naturally with their surroundings.

Unlimited Exterior Finish Options

Topsider Homes' in-house design staff is skilled at designing homes for a wide range of aesthetic and architectural style requirements. And current building material technologies and the flexibility of our Post & Beam building system make it easier than ever to get just the right look for your new home. Today's new exterior treatments and siding materials are considered "green," and provide unmatched durability and low maintenance as well. These materials when properly matched with the right design, will enhance the appearance and value...

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Topsider Homes blend naturally with their surroundings.

Building Green, Energy Efficient Homes Since 1968

Topsider's pedestal home design is the world's most environmentally-friendly foundation. This unique pedestal foundation approach was originally conceived in 1968 to permit building on difficult terrain with only minimal disturbance to the natural landscape and environment. But beyond this obvious green feature, today's green building practices have always been Topsider's practices...

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Structural Construction of a Prefab Octagon Pedestal Home

Octagon Houses & Octagonal Home Designs by Topsider Homes

Octagon house designs have been around for thousands of years and were very popular in the mid-1800s in the United States with thousands of homes built in an 8-sided geometric configuration. In fact, the headquarters of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in Washington, D.C. is located in a historical building called "The Octagon" that was built in 1801 - so the eight-sided design...

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Prefabricated House Kits Export Shipping by Topsider Homes

Prefab House Kits Shipped Internationally Since 1968

Topsider Homes has custom designed and export shipped prefabricated home kits internationally since 1968. With thousands of our homes shipped worldwide, no prefab house kit company has Topsider's experience or expertise in building custom homes in foreign destination...

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Florida Keys hurricane proof houses Topsider

New 2021 State of Florida Wind & Wind-Borne Debris Building Code Requirements

Florida’s residential wind and wind-borne debris regions change frequently. The 2021 requirements are essentially the same as those made in 2012 which significantly enlarged and upgraded wind zone areas and the specification for engineering and fenestrations (windows & doors). Many other coastal states and Caribbean countries who follow Florida’s lead on building codes...

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Pedestal lake house built in North Carolina

Topsider Homes’ Luxury Timber Frame Lake House Plan Ideas

Luxury is not defined by size. Topsider has many luxurious small house plans as well as large luxury home design ideas perfect for lake houses or any coastal location. Topsider’s Post & Beam timber frame homes are only limited in design and luxury by our clients’ imaginations. Each house we build is created around clients’ needs and carefully engineered to meet the demands of...

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Topsider Homes blend naturally with their surroundings.

Benefits of Topsider's
Prefab Panelized Homes

The most frequently used systems-built technology today is the panelized building system. A panelized building system is a form of construction in which all components of a house are prefabricated at a climate-controlled factory, and then shipped to the building site for construction. In most instances of panelized homes the weather-tight shell can be assembled in a matter of days.

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