St. Augustine Beach man lives in hurricane proof home | Weather
ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. -- Hurricane season starts June 1 and if this year's season is anything like the National Weather Service is predicting, it's going to be busy.
One man in St. Augustine Beach has gone above and beyond making sure his house is ready for whatever comes his way.
Jeff Taylor started building his house about a year ago. When he was doing research he found a contractor, David Moffitt. Now the house is just about complete.
He says he wanted to build a cylindrical shape house for many reasons.
"To get excited about something. To kind of make it like a vacation home of some sort. The panoramic views outside," Taylor said.
It's also energy efficient. The walls of the house are made of concrete reinforced with rebar and styrofoam, which allows the house to hold its temperature.
Taylor said, "I was building it during the winter when it was cold, whatever heat had risen in here, when I closed it off, you'd walk in, and it'd be 20 degrees warmer. So, whatever gets here stays here. My most expensive electric bill for the last year is $105 and I use the air conditioning."
This three story house is definitely like no other on his block but these types of homes are becoming more popular not only down in Florida, but also in Kansas, in the heart of Tornado Alley. The round shape allows the wind to go around the house.
"We've had modeling done on the house, it hasn't gone through a tornado or hurricane, but the modeling is done up to 250 mile an hour winds. And we've actually done testing where we've had model homes that we've tested where we've dropped a car on the roof just to demonstrate how strong it is," said Moffitt.
Taylor says he's ready to ride out whatever storm comes his way.
"You never know when it's coming. So, the hurricane party will be here," said Taylor.
When these homes first came on the market they were about a 15% higher cost than a normal house of the same square footage. Now, they're more cost efficient.