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Topsider Homes Piling, Pier and Stilt Houses & Hurricane Home Plans

Hurricane proof elevated piling (stilt) home built 15-ft above the ground on the Gulf Coast of Florida by Topsider Homes

This hurricane-proof piling (stilt) house built on the Gulf Coast of Florida is
elevated more than 15-ft to keep it safe from storm surge and to provide
magnificent panoramic views. Click HERE to see more photos.

Pilings (also referred to as stilts or piers) may be the perfect solution for building or rebuilding after hurricanes like Dorian, and Sandy near the coast and in flood plains. Their flexibility in height also makes them ideal for uneven terrain or where elevation is desired to enhance views of the natural surroundings.

In some locations building codes will specify the height and type of piling or stilt foundations.

This is especially true in hurricane and severe weather zones like Florida and its Keys, the Gulf Coast to Texas, the Carolinas, New York and New Jersey, as well as in places like California and Hawaii, where sloping terrain, seismic activity and land slides must also be taken into account.

Coastal and Flood Plain Piling and Stilt Homes Vary In Height and Type

Luxury elevated coastal South Carolina piling (stilt) hurricane home with the living area safely above storm surge levels.

Any of Topsider’s Premiere and Classic luxury home designs can be elevated on pilings or piers like this beautiful South Carolina coastal home. Click HERE to see more photos.

Elevated hurricane-proof piling houses like this one built in the Florida Keys are ideal for coastal high-wind and flood-prone areas.

Elevated hurricane-proof piling houses like this one built in the Florida Keys are ideal for coastal high-wind and flood-prone areas. Click HERE to see this floorplan.


Piling and stilt home heights typically range from a few feet above ground to as much as 10 to 20 feet or more in coastal, hurricane and flood plain areas. Some Topsider stilt houses have been designed on steel pilings that are more than 25 feet tall. Pilings may be constructed of wood, concrete, steel or even composite materials. And they are usually driven, augured or jetted into place. 

Ocean front hurricane proof elevated house built with an enclosed ground level for parking and storage with flood vents to allow the free flow of water.

This ocean front house foundation has stabilizing pilings below grade with a reinforced concrete block ground level area for parking and storage. Flood vents allow flood water to freely flow in and out without impacting the structure’s integrity.

Pedestal foundations like this are an attractive alternative to stilt and piling home designs.

Topsider’s unique pedestal foundation is an attractive alternative to pilings and stilts for some coastal and ocean front settings. Easily built on a small footprint, it is naturally structurally resistant to hurricanes.

Extra tall pilings (stilts) were required for this two-story Gulf Coast of Florida hurricane homes.

Some coastal and beach front locations require living areas to be elevated 20-ft or more above ground like this multi-level Florida Gulf Coast hurricane home, built on poured concrete pilings anchored on top of below-grade stabilizing pilings (or caissons).

Hurricane proof two-story stilt house design built in the Florida Keys with panoramic views

This is a great example of hurricane proof two-story piling
or stilt house design built in the Florida Keys. It provides
nearly 360 degree panoramic views from both levels.
Click HERE to see more photos.

In some areas it is common to install below-the-surface pilings, cap them at ground level and build reinforced poured or concrete block piers to support the structure above.

Virtually any Topsider Home design can be constructed on piling or stilt foundations.  But, what often makes Topsider Homes the ideal choice is that each home is custom-designed to meet the needs of clients, their budgets, building sites and local building code requirements.

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

One-story stilt and piling house design ideas
1-Story Piling Home Plans
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One-story piling (stilt) house designs ranging in size from small house plan ideas for narrow beach front lots to large primary homes where elevation is required.
Two-story stilt and piling house design ideas
2-Story Piling Home Plans
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Two-story piling (stilt) house plan ideas for large luxury homes or small vacation homes.  All of these home designs provide panoramic views from two levels.
This short pier (stilt) prefabricated hurricane proof house was easily and quickly assembled in a remote Bahamas location.

Built on short piers (stilts), this pre-engineered and prefabricated hurricane proof house was quickly and easily assembled in its remote location in the Bahamas. View a stilt assembly video.

Topsider's in-house design and technical staffs custom design each home and take the technical lead for permitting and approvals while our construction liaison department recruits potential builders and receives bids for local assembly and finish construction.

Call us Toll Free at 800-941-9801 [outside the U.S., call 336-766-9300] for a No-Obligation, FREE Cost Estimate of any of our online house plans built on pilings or stilts.



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Whether a piling, stilt or pedestal home, each Topsider Home is designed and pre-engineered to the highest structural standards.
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Topsider's stilt homes are designed to withstand high winds, storm surge and salt-air coastal climates.
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were designed to be elevated on stilts and pedestals. It’s our specialty, with innumerable coastal homes that have withstood the test of time from coastal Maine to the New Jersey shore and south through the Carolinas to the Florida Keys.  
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