[–] MemeDropAcct 4 points 49 points (+53|-4) ago 

Just a reminder that every one of the houses that blew apart like match sticks was approved and inspected by a "Building Department", and they most likely gave this guy massive headaches for building "unconventionally".

[–] heygeorge 0 points 19 points (+19|-0) ago 

Yeah, if any of that were true it would be a great story.

Good structure, a little luck

Warren Adams insists that there is nothing special about the way the home was constructed. It was built to Galveston County code, he said, which anticipates 130-mile-per-hour winds on the seaward side of the county.

But the elevation may have helped. Adams said he built high, in part, to get a break on flood insurance. The home sits 15 feet above ground.

"The piece of land my house is sitting on was probably one of the highest above sea level in the area, about 8 or 9 feet above sea level before we even started the house," he said. "I think the house is about 16 inches higher than it needs to be."

The couple credits Aran & Franklin Engineering in Galveston with retrofitting their home to meet the county's building codes, and the builders who finished the home, AM Coastal Construction.

Warren Adams is worried that he and his neighbors won't be able to rebuild or recoup their losses.

"Our closest friends want to rebuild," he said. "A lot of people want to come back. Beach people love beach."

[–] shifty_pete 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago 

A lot of people want to come back. Beach people love beach.

I wish niggers felt that way about Africa.

[–] MemeDropAcct 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Warren Adams insists that there is nothing special about the way the home was constructed.

"I think the house is about 16 inches higher than it needs to be."

The fist sentence is contradicted by a later one. He built higher than was required by the building codes. Everyone else did not do this. Your "Hurr Durr twas the Building Codes" spiel is a complete failure.

[–] Apathy ago 

That makes no sense when there's literally a destroyed house next to it, and everything looks rather flat, so same elevation.

[–] con77 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

wonder what they did different?

[–] MrDarkWater 0 points 13 points (+13|-0) ago 

Proper engineering with standards created after previous storms

[–] glassuser 1 point 1 point (+2|-1) ago 

Correct answer. IIRC it was the only house built or retrofitted to meet the newest codes at the time.

[–] Le_Bucheron 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Posts goes deap in the ground (usualy until you hit something solid) and a metal frame for the house.

[–] glassuser 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

Yeah not around here. That's thousands of feet in most places in the area.

[–] Guy_Justsome 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Maybe the sea-facing walls are completely gone and the wind blew through with minimal resistance.

Looking 90 degrees from the road, maybe you can see the ocean right through it.

And all that's left are those sides.

[–] con77 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

the bottom floors are designed to do that. They can only be finished to a garage type space.

[–] totalbutthead ago 

I live in the area there are no sea walls there

[–] MaxShekel 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

oy vey they sacrificed a baby on the doorstep.

[–] ALIENS2222 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

...The foundation is unsound. Here is a 35k$ bill for demolition. -The County.

[–] theoiledones 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

me once all the niggers pack up and leave for another 1st world country to niggify

[–] awoken1 1 point 4 points (+5|-1) ago 

still worthless. From another point of view, it would be better if it is completely destroyed so that insurance will pay out in full.

[–] blumen4alles [S] 0 points 15 points (+15|-0) ago 

If it protected whatever was inside, it did its job.

[–] joe5955 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

do they ever pay out in full

[–] jonnyquest 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

We all know the answer to that one. Remember who came up with the idea of 'insurance' and runs just about all 'insurance' companies...

[–] CrackerSlant ago 

Does fraud payout?

[–] MuhTriggersGuise ago 

I highly doubt insurance isn't going to total the house. Just because it's still standing doesn't mean it wasn't damaged. I don't see how it won't be a total loss.

[–] AntiMason 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

"You didn't build that". -Obama

[–] Voaters_Gonna_Voat 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Based on the road, slab to the north, and slab just next door, I'd say the foundation had a great role to play here. Likely high PSI concrete, possibly post-tensioned but unsure. A good asphalt road will have 12" of compacted road base underneath and 4"-6" of asphalt on top. The slab up north looks commercial since the ground around it did not upheave due to proper dirt compaction. Every other single residential looking plot has erosion that got underneath the slab, dirt compaction and high PSI concrete is probably what saved this house.

[–] glassuser ago 

The foundation didn't do a thing. It's just poured on sand, and the sand washed out from under most of it. The thing holding it up is the piers sunk way down into the ground. They're probably 15-20 feet below the estimated scour depth, so as much as 30 feet below the "ground level" around the house.

https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/20130726-1707-25045-4311/chapter6.pdf

https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/20130726-1510-20490-9375/fema55_volii_ch10rev.pdf

[–] Voaters_Gonna_Voat ago 

I don't know anyone who builds based on FEMA standards. I kind of doubt the county/city of Galveston requires residential homes to be built with piers, it's really expensive to do - the post says the guy didn't do anything special. You could still do an over-ex and recompact with a slab on grade to achieve a high level of slab stability - most structures don't actually require piers. Also, piers are a part of the foundation, you should clarify to mean the slab if that's what you're talking about.

[–] HappyMealBullshit ago 

Remind me to hire you to build my next house.

[–] Voaters_Gonna_Voat 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

That being said, its probably not worth saving. The whole house seems to have shifted and compacted dirt was able to be washed away around the perimeter of the slab. Insurance may be able to help some, but breaking out concrete and recompact dirt will most likely be needed. I know no one builds basements in Galveston and generally across Texas because of the expansive clay and potential for flooding, but I think a basement here would actually have helped since it would have prevented soil from eroding underneath the slab and better prevent movement. I'm happy to build your next house.

[–] ChiCom 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Even storms be doing systemic racism n sheeeit

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