After living a part of their lives in the flood prone region of Fargo, Lance Cayko & Alex Gore from F9 Productions started thinking of the catastrophe that could strike if the flood dikes gave way and for that reason they designed a flood resistant house that takes on the challenge of how to survive in the worst conditions.
1) A raised home design elevates treasured items away from rising waters. The house is built upon elevated ground that is high to protect the main level from any flooding. 2) Protection is maintained by steel siding guards the house from falling debris, and also acts as a shield against large floating objects. 3) Harsh east and west light is filtered though operable steel curtain panels. Also intense summer light dapples though horizontal sun screens. 4) Summer entertainment can take place on the outdoor Sun Deck which includes: a fire pit, a bar and grill, and a table for dining.
1) Water is collected in cases of infrastructure failure though a low sloped roof that drains towards a cistern located at the rear of the home. 2) Solar Panels line the roof, supply power at any time and they are ready in the midst of a regional power outage.3) Warmth is trapped in the home by insulating the roof and floor with R-50 spray foam insulation. Grey floor box indicates spray foam insulation areas. 4) Sand bagging efforts are reduced dramatically by the small footprint. 5) Safe boat access off of the sun deck allows for the delivery of fresh supplies an permits emergency rescue entrance.
1) Privacy is provided by using translucent glass on the lower part of the windows. 2) Supplementary heat is supplied to the home thought the gas fireplace. 3) A storage wall provides a cozy resting place for extra blankets, pillows, china, glassware, and toys. 4) The skylight above the dining room filters daylight throughout the space.
1) Cars are sheltered under the main living level and are warmed up by automatic starters in order to fight winter cold. 2) A concrete path leads to the front door. 3) The washer/dryer is elevated off the ground along with all electrical outlets in order to protect from any minor flooding. 4) The entry serves as the main artery into the home. 5) Tools, toys, and law equipment are stored on the entry level. 6) Optional expansion space.
7) All bedrooms, including the master suite, are elevated off the ground level keeping precious items SAFE from flooding. 8) Two bathrooms service inhabitants and guests of the home. 9) A main storage wall located in the center of the home provides space for emergency goods, books, blankets, dishes and other items. 10) The fireplace provides a secondary heating source for the home. 11) A comfortable living/dining room arrangement provides space for entertaining. 12) The kitchen, which features a full height pantry, sits where it can observe action on the back sun deck and the living room. 13) The sun deck features a fire pit, comfortable chairs to sit in, a bar, and a dining table.