Hurricane-Hardy Fisherman Cottages
By Frank Harmon, Originally Published in Custom Home, Blogs
Frank Harmon's sketch of fisherman's houses in Salterpath, N. C.
Custom Home guest blogger and architect Frank Harmon regularly blogs about design for Custom Home Online. Here's his post on storm hardy houses.
Hurricane Sandy came as a rude shock to many waterfront residents of
New York and New Jersey: Houses in Staten Island, Bay Ridge, and even
Red Hook in Brooklyn were torn apart by high winds and tide. Living in a
metropolis does not guarantee immunity from a storm of epic proportions
like Sandy. In fact, it creates a false sense of safety. Yet everyone
wants to live on the waterfront. It’s the front row in the playhouse of
man against nature.
These small houses at Salterpath, NC, have
survived hurricanes far more severe than Sandy. Fishermen built these
houses,whose families have lived on the Bogue Banks for generations
.They understood severe weather on the oceanfront, so they built their
house in a valley behind the oceanfront sand dunes. The live oaks
sheltering the houses have been there for over 100 years. So have the
houses. They were built with nature in mind.http://www.customhomeonline.com/education/native-places-hurricane-sandy.aspx
September 16, 2013