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Designing a Home to Withstand Hurricanes

By The PHD Team
Updated August 28, 2023

When building a home, we often focus on aesthetics and comfort, rarely thinking about the destructive power of nature. However, if you live in a hurricane-prone region, considering hurricane-resistance in your home design is not just advisable, it’s essential.

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The Importance of a Hurricane-Resistant Home

Building a home that can withstand a hurricane is more than a matter of safety; it’s a significant investment. A hurricane-resistant home is designed to handle high winds and flooding, limiting damage and thereby saving substantial repair costs.

Hurricane-Resistant Home Design Elements

Designing a hurricane-resistant home involves the integration of several key elements. This includes everything from the foundation to the roof. Let’s delve into these components to understand how you can create a hurricane-resistant home.

Strong Foundations

The foundation is the bedrock of any home. Designing it to be hurricane-resistant involves elevating the structure to mitigate flooding damage. Consult with our team to discuss the best type of foundation for your location and home design.

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Impact-Resistant Windows and Doors

Windows and doors can be vulnerable points in a storm. Hurricane-resistant designs feature impact-resistant windows and doors, reducing the risk of penetration by flying debris. Other features such as operable shutters or integrate hurricane protections could be a valuable asset.  You can find out more about these features in our home design consultants/design.

Fortified Roofing

A hurricane-resistant roof is designed to withstand strong winds. The shape of the roof and the materials used are crucial factors in its ability to resist hurricane damage. We can guide you through roofing decisions that can affect performance all the way to the cost of your homeowner’s insurance. 

Hurricane-Resistant Building Materials

Choosing the right building materials is crucial in hurricane-resistant home design. Reinforced concrete, steel, and high-quality wood can offer greater resistance to hurricane forces. Browse through our materials guide to understand your options.

Properly Sealed Homes

Water intrusion is a significant concern during hurricanes. A well-sealed home is critical to preventing water damage. Sealing a home can make it more energy efficient. 

Effective Drainage System

A well-planned and executed drainage system is essential to redirect stormwater away from your home. This can protect your property from potential flood damage. Explore with our Architect design solutions to your drainage needs.

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Landscaping for Hurricane Resistance

Surprisingly, landscaping plays a role in hurricane-resistant design. Proper placement of trees and other vegetation can create windbreaks, reducing wind speed before it reaches your home. Selecting the right plants can also help control soil erosion during heavy rains. Our landscape design services for advice on how to make your landscape a part of your home’s defense. Offering a masterplan of your property will give insight into protection from weather events.

Incorporating a Safe Room

A safe room is a hardened structure designed to meet the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) criteria and provide near-absolute protection in extreme weather events, including hurricanes. This can be an integral part of your home or an addition to an existing room. There are many ways to design a safe room.  We consult on level of protection desires down to the cost of this protection.


Designing a hurricane-resistant home doesn’t mean compromising on aesthetics or comfort. At Passion Home Design, we believe that you can create a beautiful home that’s also built to withstand the harshest conditions. Reach out to our team of experts to discuss how we can help make your hurricane-resistant home a reality.