In the early morning hours of August 27, 2017 millions of lives along the gulf coast were changed as Hurricane Harvey roared ashore in Texas. His 130 mph winds and rain totals topping 60 inches altered how we look at life. My house was built in 1975 between Houston and Galveston on the banks of Clear Creek. I recently completed a three year remodeling project of the entire house. By sunrise there was five feet of water swirling through my house. The water would stay there for days. Our humble home was ruined. When the water receded all that remained were studs, masonry, and shingles. This was the third time the house had flooded. It was time to think outside the box.
(To read about the actual night of the flood I invite you to read the post at the link below. The author - my daughter - had a unique perspective that evening. I think you will like it.)
Floods! They really suck if you've ever been through one. Unlike fire or tornadoes your house is still there. It's a mess but it's still there. This means alot of extra work has to be done just to get to a point to start whatever it is you are going to do. (What's even worse is the insurance rules for flooding. Regular home insurance doesn't cover it and the national flood insurance program has some really strange rules you must plod through during recovery).
After much input we made the gut wrenching decision to tear down the home we raised our children in. As of this writing it's gone. All gone except a slab. Here's the good news. Our dream is to build a house that we can be proud of using that slab. It will be a model on how to build in a flood prone area. It will be built with the first floor nine feet above the current slab. The new home will be stronger, smarter, energy efficient, and green in many aspects. Follow me during the months to come as I bring you up to date on these exciting aspects of a new home being built in the hot humid Houston climate.
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