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25 Yards Short Of A Football Field

October 30th, 2012


Work on the foundation is being conducted in the Dunes Club, 100 Club Drive in Myrtle Beach. It is very exciting to be involved in a project of this magnitude. This is a 21,700 square foot home built under fortified home specifications. The 12″ concrete block foundation will be followed by a LVL pier system topped with 16″ deep floor trusses specially designed for 7″ drops in the theater room and 6″ drops in the showers. An ICF wall system will be installed with the interior walls constructed out of Framers Series wall panels of varying plate heights before the massive roof truss system is installed. On my visit to the job site entering from the left side of the structure, I mentioned to Rod Edwards, the general contractor with Innovative Design / Build, that the walk seemed like a football field. He corrected me by saying converting from feet to yards the distance was actually 75 yards. A house of this size takes time to develop especially considering the unique specifications presented. We started in earnest April of 2012 by presenting numberous elevations to the homeowner on the basis of the architectural floor plan. Structural engineering was developed with major considerations given to load transference and hurricane anchorage in this 150 mph (20 mph higher than the code of 130 mph for the fortified home compliance). Approval drawings were submitted and reviewed for months leading up to this stage of construction. It is fulfilling for me to see all this work forming the plan, but not half as thrilling as seeing the components placed into action as the house continues to materialize. I will continue to document the progress in future posts…


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Fortified Homes

September 18th, 2012


Identifing potential geographic hazards and preparing against their effects is the foundation of the fortified home program. Fortified housing undergoes rigorous multiple inspections to maintain specific standards for certification. The protective measures taken to assure against wind, water, and fire far exceed code requirements. Walls, openings such as windows and doors, along with the roof system these homes employ are planned and inspected to be held to a higher standard against conventional homes. Wind speeds are increased by 20 mph over local code. Sheathing thicknesses are increased, a secondary water barrier is installed to prevent water intrusion should the outer sheating become damaged. In our location which is prone to hurricane damage often times impact resistant windows are required. The Grande Dunes house illustrated here is constructed with ICF walls which adds a level of security against the elements. The subject I have been an advocate for pertaining to establishing a continuous load path from roof to foundation, is a requirement in fortified building. Even the fastners, anchors and connectors must be of corrosion resistant materials when exposed or coming into contact with treated materials. So why would one go to this extreme to get the certification other than their piece of mind and protection of their investment? Reduction of insurance rates of course. Besides designing a home that can withstand just about anything Mother Nature can fling at it, receiving reduced insurance premiums is icing on the cake.


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