This house was designed to demonstrate environmental principles, but since surviving Hurricane Katrina as the first line of defense, it demonstrated resilience in its structural design.  Built to meet the building code, this 3025 SF house withstood the hurricane conditions with over seven feet of water in the house, but the building remained intact.

A small solar power system provides electricity and emergency power storage, with excess supplying the grid.  Minimizing redundancy and transportation of construction materials, the structure utilizes local, recycled and reclaimed materials with high-efficiency glazing, appliances, and air conditioning equipment.  A green roof planted with native plants in an organic medium creates a cool, permeable roof area with high insulation value.  The green roof helped to anchor the structure against the storm surge. A 2017 addition replaced the green roof with a home office.


Completed 2005

Program:  3025 SF, 5-bedroom house with 2.5 baths, demonstrating sustainable features.

Cost: $325,000.00


Los Angeles Times, April 2006

Metropolis, February 2006

FEMA Case Study, 2006

CUE magazine, April 2008

Featured in: Design for Flooding by Donald Watson

Featured in: The Perfect $100,000 House by Karrie Jacobs

Sun Herald Architecture Award, 2007

Project Team:

unabridged Architecture, Architect

Mike Gibbens, Contractor