Rebuilding After Hurricane Dorian

Topsider’s elevated hurricane resistant homes have been built throughout the world and survived every major hurricane since 1968.

Hurricane proof elevated homes and pedestal houses

Topsider pedestal homes are uniquely designed and engineered to withstand hurricane-force winds and survive storm surge and coastal flooding. (Click on photo to view album.)

 

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.

Hurricane resistant stilt house design, ideal for rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy.

This elevated stilt house design is an ideal approach for rebuilding after Hurricanes Dorian and Florence. Its unique Post & Beam structural framework and low-maintenance materials provide maximum hurricane wind resistance and keep it safe from storm surge. (Click on photo to view album.)

We will propose new house design concepts and provide general cost guidance so that you will have an idea of the cost to rebuild with a Topsider Home. Also, with no obligation, our technical staff will do preliminary code research and determine the current state of building requirements – which are always in flux after such disasters.  And if you select Topsider Homes we become thoroughly engaged on your behalf in every aspect of your rebuilding project – you are not left to sink or swim on your own.

Long Island, New York elevated stilt hurricane-proof house

This Topsider elevated stilt house was built on the Gulf coast of Mississippi, replacing a home destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. It is elevated 18-ft. above grade to make it safe from storm surge. Topsider’s hurricane-proof houses include high wind loading structural capacity and high impact windows which provide safety from windborne debris. (Click on photo to view album.)

 
Topsider’s Homes Survived Direct Hits from Hurricane Irma in the Virgin Island & the Florida Keys.

As a company, Topsider Homes provides in-house design, consulting engineering, and then fabricates easy-to-assemble high-quality home building components – all based on our Post & Beam, panelized technology. Local builders, who we recruit and pre-screen for our clients, assemble and complete the homes. Our services include taking the technical lead for permitting and approvals, builder recruitment, securing builder bids, logistical and project coordination – and technical assistance throughout.

Elevated hurricane home concept ideal for rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy

This imposing coastal home features Topsider’s pedestal foundation and panoramic views from every room. A literal “battleship” of a structure, this hurricane-proof house was built to survive high winds and storm surge. (Click on photo to view album.)

To get the ball rolling, we feature more than 250 online house plan concepts to choose from. Once you have selected a design that generally meets your needs, we will provide you with a No-Obligation Free Cost Estimate for that house built on your property. Ultimately, your home will be individually designed, but this preliminary estimate will provide a starting point from which to work for design and budgetary discussions – and it will help you to know early-on if Topsider Homes is a fit for your needs.

Rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy with concrete foundation with flood vents.

This elevated hurricane-resistant beach house features a reinforced concrete block foundation with flood vents that allow the free flow of water in case of flooding. The ground level provides a spacious 3-car garage.

Hurricane Sandy home rebuilding in New Jersey

Shown under construction, this elevated stilt and concrete block foundation ocean front house in New Jersey shows the enormously strong Post & Beam structure that is an integral part of each Topsider Home.

New  building codes after Hurricane Sandy.

In some areas rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy will require extremely high elevations like this stilt (piling) home under construction. This provides extraordinary panoramic coastal views from every floor level.

Topsider Homes has been designing and shipping elevated coastal homes and hurricane homes built on stilts, pilings and pedestals worldwide since 1968.  We are a building system company and we specialize in low-maintenance, hurricane-proof elevated houses.

 

Hurricane-Proof Home Building in the Florida Keys

Monroe County Florida EmblemTopsider 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 along the Gulf Coast, including direct hits from Hurricanes Andrew to Katrina.

Obtaining building permits in the Florida Keys can be an arduous and lengthy process, particularly for new construction on vacant lots. On such lots, Monroe County has a Rate of Growth Ordinance commonly referred to as ROGO which is a point allocation system leading to permission to build once enough points have accumulated. Points are awarded based on a variety of criteria, ranging from age of the submission to the environmental impact of the proposed new house plan. Click HERE for more information about ROGO.

Florida Keys pedestal beach home Topsider

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Florida Keys hurricane proof houses Topsider

This Florida Keys resort project features multiple piling (or stilt) houses. These hurricane-proof prefabricated two-story beach houses have sustained many major hurricanes and tropical storms.

The current trend in the Keys is to buy and tear down old houses and replace them with new ones. In most cases, such rebuilds are ROGO-exempt, so the permitting process takes months rather than years. Nonetheless, acquiring necessary approvals still requires meticulous technical work relating to the building site and the house plan design itself. Topsider’s in-house design and technical staffs, together with our consulting engineer relationships in Florida, work with Monroe County building authorities regularly and are very familiar with the various steps necessary for approvals – as are the local Keys builders we refer clients to for building their new Topsider Homes.

Florida Keys two-story stilt home Topsider

This high-quality prefab hurricane-proof Topsider piling (or stilt) home addition built in the Florida Keys provides panoramic seascape views on two levels.

Most new homes built in the Florida Keys must be elevated due to potential tidal or storm surge. Elevated houses are built on stilts, pilings, or on Topsider’s unique pedestal house foundation.  Florida Keys houses must be engineered to withstand hurricane-force winds up to 180 mph. Windows are required to be high design-pressure and have high-impact glass to protect against wind and wind-borne debris. Click HERE to view a map of the current wind loading requirements in Florida. Additionally, Topsider Homes specifies its Florida Keys’ homes with 2×6 treated lumber framing, galvanized and stainless steel fasteners and steel couplings, low-maintenance HardieBoard™ or LP SmartSide® siding, composite decking and stainless-steel cable railings. These specifications help make Topsider’s prefab homes resistant to the salt air and tropical beach environment.

Hurricane-Proof Home Building in the Florida Keys

Monroe County Florida Emblem

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 along the Gulf Coast, including direct hits from Hurricanes Irnma, Irene and Andrew.

Obtaining building permits in the Florida Keys can be an arduous and lengthy process, particularly for new construction on vacant lots. On such lots, Monroe County has a Rate of Growth Ordinance commonly referred to as ROGO which is a point allocation system leading to permission to build once enough points have accumulated. Points are awarded based on a variety of criteria, ranging from age of the submission to the environmental impact of the proposed new house plan. Click HERE for more information about ROGO.

Florida Keys pedestal beach home Topsider

Topsider's unique pedestal houses are perfect for beach home building in the Florida Keys. Pedestal houses offer an attractive alternative to piling and stilt house construction.

Florida Keys hurricane proof houses Topsider

This Florida Keys resort project features multiple piling (or stilt) houses. These hurricane-proof prefabricated two-story beach houses have sustained many major hurricanes and tropical storms.

The current trend in the Keys is to buy and tear down old houses and replace them with new ones. In most cases, such rebuilds are ROGO-exempt, so the permitting process takes months rather than years. Nonetheless, acquiring necessary approvals still requires meticulous technical work relating to the building site and the house plan design itself. Topsider’s in-house design and technical staffs, together with our consulting engineer relationships in Florida, work with Monroe County building authorities regularly and are very familiar with the various steps necessary for approvals – as are the local Keys builders we refer clients to for building their new Topsider Homes.

Florida Keys two-story stilt home Topsider

This high-quality prefab hurricane-proof Topsider piling (or stilt) home addition built in the Florida Keys provides panoramic seascape views on two levels.

Most new homes built in the Florida Keys must be elevated due to potential tidal or storm surge. Elevated houses are built on stilts, pilings, or on Topsider’s unique pedestal house foundation.  Florida Keys houses must be engineered to withstand hurricane-force winds up to 180 mph. Windows are required to be high design-pressure and have high-impact glass to protect against wind and wind-born debris. Click HERE to view a map of the current windloading requirements in Florida. Additionally, Topsider Homes specifies its Florida Keys’ homes with 2×6 treated lumber framing, galvanized and stainless steel fasteners and steel couplings, low-maintenance HardieBoard™ or LP SmartSide® siding, composite decking and stainless-steel cable railings. These specifications help make Topsider’s prefab homes resistant to the salt air and tropical beach environment.

New 2012 State of Florida Wind and Wind-Borne Debris Building Code Requirements

This illustration shows Florida's New Wind Load and Wind-Borne Debris Zones.

Florida’s residential wind and wind-borne debris regions are changing significantly in 2012.  The new requirements will be officially adopted on January 1, 2012, and effective March 15, 2012 – and these changes will cause new home construction costs to increase.  Plans submitted for permitting prior to March 15, 2012 may be “grandfathered” into the old requirements, so if you intend to build in Florida in 2012, getting started early could result in savings.  Many other coastal states and Caribbean countries who follow Florida’s lead on building codes will soon be implementing similar changes.

 

The map at right shows the new wind and windborne-debris regions.  The dark areas are those requiring high impact missile-resistant glass.  Most noteworthy of the changes is that the previous maximum windload requirement in Florida was 150 mph in The Keys.  The new code raises that to 180 mph and increases wind loads for many counties below mid-state from 100 mph to 140 mph and up. Additionally, areas now requiring much more expensive high impact, missile resistant windows have nearly doubled and are no longer primarily in coastal areas.

Topsider Homes has been building its post & beam panelized homes in coastal areas of Florida and throughout the eastern seaboard and Gulf for more than 40 years with homes that have withstood the worst hurricanes in history.  Our technical staff is well versed in these building code requirements and in dealing with local building departments and authorities throughout Florida and the surrounding states.  For more information contact Topsider Homes.