These home owners and designers know how to keep their families warm and safe when flood waters start rising.
Stilt houses have been around in the Philippines for the longest time, but models are usually restricted to nipa huts at the beach. With storms constantly submerging our cities, it's even more evident that we may need to take a leaf out of other nations' books and build modern raised houses right in our urban communities.
Take a look at these stilted homes from different parts of the world, designed for both style and purpose:
Located on the Gulf Coast of Florida, this home's elevation is over 15 feet to allow storm surge to pass underneath. (topsiderhomes.com)
Built in The Netherlands, this home is the brainchild of Amsterdam-based Upfrnt Architects, who collaborated with companies WHD Interieurbouw and Zwarthout. It's designed to keep from being reached by flood waters by standing on stilts made from local trees. (inhabitat.com)
Called the "Sol Duc Cabin", this home is located in Olympic Peninsula, Washington. Designed by Olson Kundig Architects, it's a 350-square-foot steel-clad cabin that can be completely shuttered and is raised to keep out flooding caused by a nearby river. (olsonkundig.com)
This home is located in Hiroshima, Japan and designed by Japanese architecture firm Kimihiko Okada. Dubbed the "Bird's Nest House," this property has glass walls that provide great views and thick steel beams that ensure durability. (trendir.com)
Designed by Topsider Homes, this 2,000-square-foot New Orleans property was constructed after Hurricane Katrina destroyed the home originally built on the lot. (houzz.com)
Design company Baumraum created this modern tree house in Belgium by prefabricating it and craning it on top of 19 steel columns. (dwell.com)
The Loblolly House is a 2,200-square-foot home in Taylors Island, Maryland. Designed by Kieran Timberlake, it's inspired by tree houses and built with sustainability and eco-friendliness in mind. (kierantimberlake.com)
Dubbed "2inns", this creation is actually one of two identical properties built adjacent to each other. Designed by Sebastian Mariscal Architecture, it can be found in Mexico City, Mexico. (trendir.com)
The Hind House, designed by John Pardey Architects, stands in Berkshire, United Kingdom. It was built on stilts to handle the occasional flooding caused by the nearby river Loddon. (homedsgn.com)
Roger Claypool of Maui, Hawaii paid $11 million to have this 3,250-square-foot home built. Sitting on top of 11-foot concrete pilings, the home is raised high enough to allow a semi-truck to drive under it. (wsj.net)
Can you imagine how much safer and warmer we could be at home if we weren't so busy keeping water out? And just think, we wouldn't have to keep spending an insane amount of money replacing and repairing our homes and personal belongings whenever they're damaged by flood water. Let's hope our local real estate's future includes more durable and reliable designs that can handle severe flooding.