The Storm-Evidence Beach Residence

But most important, they wanted to feel confident that the house would withstand a hurricane.
And whenever the next big storm comes, the Staabs have no concerns about their house.
Then, a design by Dirtworks, built by the Todd Group, covered much of that structure with enormous mounds of sand planted with beach grasses and plants like serviceberry, bayberry and beach rose.
Completed in May for about $2.4 million, the 2,400-square-foot house is reached by an elevator or by a light-filled glass stairwell topped by skylights.
Still, the architects directed the contractor, Lead Dog Custom Homes, to build a network of concrete walls and piers to underpin the house and decking.

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