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Florida coastal home designs have to consider tropical storms. Building codes mandate that windows, doors and exterior material assemblies must be able to withstand the flying debris, high winds and driving rains of these storms. Shutters or impact-resistant glazing is a must. And roofing and siding materials must comply with Florida codes and be approved for use.
Raising the house even a small amount will help prevent damage from the flooding that so often accompanies a tropical storm.
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Horizontal layers help tie a Florida coastal home to its landscape. The lower level can relate to the grasses and low shrubs, while the upper level can connect to the tree line.
And then there's the sky. A strong vertical element rising through the home to bring added light into the interior is also a great way to get warm interior air out of the house.
These porches don't need to be large; enough space for a chair or daybed will do. What could be better than falling asleep to the sounds of the gulf waters while tropical breezes keep you comfortable?