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  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.

Topsider Homes wins NCHBA’s 2011 STARS Award of Best Newsletter for the Third Year in a Row

Topsider Homes’ Post & Beam e-newsletter received a STARS Award from the North Carolina Home Builders Association for Best Newsletter. This was Topsider’s fifth STARS Award since 2009. In addition to winning Best Newsletter for three consecutive years, Topsider Homes has also won awards for Best Website and Best Brochure.

To view the award-winning Post & Beam E-newsletter from Topsider click here. This e-newsletter featured home designs to fit any building site, our new online Photo Tour, and how Topsider Homes makes starting on your new home easy. To view all of Topsider’s newsletters click here.

Scenic Mountainside Views With Topsider Homes

This coastal Washington state home uses a combination of slab-on-grade and pedestal foundations.

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.

This pedestal home sits on the side of a mountain in Hawaii and provides its owners with breathtaking ocean views.The most scenic building sites are often among the most difficult to build on - especially those on mountainside slopes.

While most conventional homes built on steep or sloping terrain require extensive and expensive site preparation and elaborate foundations, Topsider Homes’ unique pedestal foundation makes it easy and much less costly. This foundation approach and our efficient Post & Beam panelized building system also helps minimize crew size, on-site materials storage requirements and associated problems ranging from weather damage to vandalism.

Our team has more than four decades of experience with home construction on challenging terrain, and that experience and our in-house technical services range from the earliest stages of permitting through completion of the project.

Contact us today to learn more. Our project managers are available to provide Free Cost Estimates and the basic information you need to evaluate Topsider Homes for your new home.

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