Affordable Tiny House HURRICANE and TORNADO proofing!

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Deek/Dustin’s Hand-ON Tiny House Workshops-


in this episode, while at The Diedricksen Brother’s HANDS-ON “Tiny House Summer Camp 5” in Vermont (in 2017), Derek Diedricksen talks to Max Murray of “GoliathTech” in Vermont. Max shows us a installation, while answering a multitude of questions about the product, its longevity, and why so many have chosen it over concrete pilings- which take longer to install, longer to cure, and take more labor to create.


    • Maybe the ones you see on HGTV- but look beyond that- there are a TON of affordable ones off-tv (the real world). Quite a few videos on them too…..

    • No, prices just vary depending on how the house is made, what materials are used, how much work is involved, what gets put into it, and what it’s intended usage will be…

      So it’s only expensive if the end up product you need requires it to be… Otherwise it can be done for a wide range of prices that go down as low as just a few thousand… Some even have managed to go even lower, like doing a tiny log cabin for just over $300…

      Thing to understand about the prices is if you built a bigger house the same way then it would cost a lot more… Some Tiny Houses are built equivalent to what for big houses would be million dollar homes, but just like those big houses, not all tiny houses need to be built to that extreme.

      Not everyone needs a house that can be so well insulated that it can handle temperatures as high as 137 F to as low as -100 F… Not all Tiny Houses need to be able to withstand a category 5 hurricane at the same time as a 9.0 earthquake… Not all Tiny Houses need to be made with expensive materials or offer Net Zero energy efficiency… Not all require solar or otherwise provide their own utilities to function off-grid… Not everyone needs a home to be a work of art or be crafted by artisans…

      There are many things that can cost but are not required to be in every single Tiny House… Most Tiny Houses are just custom so it entirely depends on the choices of the owner what it ends up costing…

    • Yeah, I had never heard of them/this until the offered to come out and instruct a demo at our workshop- they set four poles in no time at all and I was left VERY impressed. We’re off-grid too- the other cabins’ 12+ 48″-deep concrete footages were a pain to put in. Never again.

    • It can apply to any structure that needs to be tied to and supported by the ground it is on.

      For Tiny Houses on Wheels, the application is to provide something the house can be anchored to so a powerful storm like a Hurricane won’t simply toss the house around and smash it into things.

      The structure will still need to be strong enough to handle the storm and any impacts from debris but simply keeping the house stable and stationary makes it much easier for the house to survive the storm.

  1. OK, I can understand how a piling system like this would provide lifting resistance, but I don’t see how it can be said to be hurricane, or tornado proof since more happens than lifting by wind pressure. Obviously flying debris is going to do a lot of damage and any piling system won’t prevent it. Something ain’t right.

    • Well then, by that logic, there is no way of protecting anything from tornados and no RV owner should bother abiding by codes and tethering their homes down. A lot of the larger debris comes from items, even mobile/modular homes that aren’t secured. The title “A means to better reduce the damage cause to your tiny house, by means of lifting, in the event of a tornado” wouldn’t fit. Anyway, I do see what you’re getting at, but guess there’s then no way (except for a brick fortress) to tornado-proof a home. Thanks for checking it out- have a great weekend too!

    • Two thoughts:
      – I want to say I saw a build by Cornerstone Tiny Homes out of Florida here on YouTube that did have windows rated to handle a hurricane. Extra, of course, but possible. If I find that link, I’ll add it as an edit.
      – Why not a container home? Steel shipping containers can withstand the weather of crossing an ocean. So use that structure to its advantage. Some builds have used the original side of the container as a roof for the porch that can be secured back to the side in case of a storm or extra security. Combine that with windows designed to withstand the appropriate forces and that’s about as close as I can think to getting a sort of tornado/hurricane proof house.

      Bottom line: any structure can face destruction if the right circumstances arrive. In California, you have earthquakes to contend with. If an undiscovered fault line is under your house and it goes, you’re hosed. I’ll attempt to find that link for you.

    • Good points, but I have been impressed by the concrete, or cement dome homes, but it is important to have at least 4 inches, reinforced with plenty of rebar and hope the tornado isn’t rated higher than category 3. The issue with hurricanes is basically the same, as long as a tall tidal wave isn’t an issue since that might include wayward things like a boat ramming into your dome. The fortress theme is the way to go, but the basic shape is always significant to damage resistance.

    • Earthquakes are an issue for a lot of folks and then there is the wildfires during drought periods. Concrete domes do resist both well as long as a sink hole doesn’t become an issue. About the only way to get around all three is to be floating above in a fat disk design wind cannot push around, but you can move as needed at a speed to stay ahead of other trouble. Something no one can offer in the near future, so we have to go with a few compromises and do the best we can.

    • I’m all for containers- heavy though- and they hold a few more steps/problems when it comes to insulation/condensation…..

  2. I think the pylons are a great way to add protection to a tiny home. Many people in Texas and in “Tornado Alley” are installing systems to tie mobile homes down. While this does not guarantee that a tornado with a direct hit will not damage the home, the damage from flying debris can be lessened. I’d add hurricane strapping to the wall studs to further tie the roof down and track down, purchase and install high-impact glass in the windows. Here in NM, we get winds up to 50mph ( I know some of the bursts are stronger), but I can also drive 1″ rebar into the sandstone here and tie my fifth wheel down. It won’t stop wind damage, but my fiver will survive and be repairable. Same with a tiny house.

  3. While this is a good solution wouldn’t it make more sense to well-ahead-of-time dig a storm shelter near mobile home? Just a thought. + *Thank you* for the time you put into your videos.

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