When Charlie Walters ditched Nebraska to move to the Gulf Coast, he was captivated by beautiful sunsets and walking on cool sand—and willing to accept some tradeoffs to live that dream. For instance, climbing the 28 steps up to his three-bedroom elevated home which rests high off the ground on a pedestal foundation. The 1,650-square-foot Topsider dwelling, which rises above a marsh, sits “21 feet above mean high flood tide,” according to Walters. The benefit? A breathtaking, nearly 360-degree view looking out toward the gulf.
Homes that are built to exploit gorgeous views yet withstand severe storms and flooding require clever structural and soil engineering but also another key ingredient: elevation on pedestals or pilings sunk deep into bedrock. But in the end, the goal isn’t simply indestructibility; it’s to design a home that’s aesthetically pleasing and treads lightly on the environment.
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