Rebuilding After Hurricane Sandy in New York & New Jersey

These beach houses were severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy in Mantoloking, New Jersey. PHOTO CREDIT: ASSOCIATED PRESS

Topsider’s hurricane resistant homes are the ideal choice for coastal home rebuilding.


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.

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Rebuilding After Hurricane Sandy in New York & New Jersey  is not a simple task. Topsider Homes has decades of experience with hurricane and flood damage rebuilding – long before Hurricane Sandy struck the New York coastline and the New Jersey shore. 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 Hurricane Sandy. 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 continues to be the situation more than a year after Hurricane Sandy struck New York and New Jersey.  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 Home built along the coast of Long Island, New York, was designed to be hurricane proof and elevated above coastal flooding and storm surge as seen in Hurricane Sandy.


As a company, Topsider Homes provides in-house design, consulting engineering, and then fabricates easy-to-assemble high-quality prefab 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 elevated hurricane home is designed for a narrow beach lot and features an enclosed ground level garage with “breakaway” walls and flood vents that allow water to flow unimpeded during storm surges without jeopardizing the structural integrity of the house. This narrow lot house design concept is perfect for rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy in many areas along the New York and New Jersey coastlines. (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.

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One-Story & Two-Story Piling (Stilt) Home Designs and House Plan Ideas

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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. From floor plans to exterior finishes, each Signature Collection home is individually designed to meet client needs and preferences.

Post & Beam Luxury Home Designs   
Views and large vaulted ceilings are found
throughout this three bedroom, two bath home, featuring both formal and informal living spaces.

(3,450 sq. ft total size)

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This three bedroom, two and one-half bath timber frame home with beautiful exterior finishes is an ideal empty-nester design.
(2,420 sq. ft total size)

  Unique Craftsman Style Residential Homes by Topsider
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Unique Craftsman Style Homes with Vaulted Ceilings by Topsider   
Ideal for a suburban neighborhood setting, this three bedroom, two bath home lives extremely large with vaulted ceilings, an open floor plan and ample windows.
(2,340 sq. ft total size)

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With three bedrooms and two and a half baths, this unique craftsman style home features open Post & Beam timber frame architecture throughout the house.
(3,115 sq. ft total size)

  Unique Craftsman Style Traditional Homes by Topsider
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Import Duty and Tax Free Building in the Bahamas will Expire in June 2017

This Topsider prefab home was built on the island of South Andros in the Bahamas. Topsider has been shipping prefab homes to the Bahamas since the 1960s.

In 2008, the Bahamian Parliament voted to make select islands Import Duty and Tax Free for new home construction.  This incentive, intended to stimulate jobs through tourism and construction, expires in June 2017.  Exempted islands include: Andros, Cat Island, San Salvador, Long Island, Rum Cay, Sweetings and Water Cays (Grand Bahamas), Grand Cay and Moores Island (Abaco), Crooked Island, Long Cay, Acklins, Ragged Island and Cays, Current Island (Eleuthera), Mayaguana, Inagua and Exuma.  This exemption amounts to saving of as much as 35% on Import Duty and 10% additional Tax on the value of imported building materials.  If you intend to beat the June 2017 deadline and take advantage of the Import Duty and Tax Exemptions, getting started now is critical.  Builders are already booking jobs into 2017 and by year-end 2016, finding a builder at any price may be a challenge.


Topsider’s unique Post & Beam, panelized building system is ideal for remote Bahamian building locations.  Our services include in-house design, consulting engineering for local building permits, builder recruitment, shipping logistics and job-site builder coordination.  Most importantly, Topsider Homes’ high quality prefab house structures and panels are easily and quickly assembled.  (Click HERE to watch the simple assembly sequence of a short stilt-pier home.)