Prefab houses, which tend to involve a faster and more efficient construction process, offer a promising alternative to traditional stick-built homes. When we highlighted some of the coolest and most affordable prefab dwellings available for purchase, quite a few readers inquired about particularly sturdy options that would be suitable for hurricane-prone regions. Well, the homes in this roundup range in aesthetic style, but they’ve all been designed to withstand strong winds and, in a few cases, Category 5 hurricanes.

Name: Zen 560, a prefab bamboo home by Bamboo Living (gallery below is of a larger model)

Size: 560 square feet (1 bedroom, 1 bath, plus a 160-square-foot porch)—additional Bamboo Living models available range from a 100-square-foot single-room dwelling to a 2,745-square-foot four-bedroom residence

Cost: $36,400 to $54,800 (package only; does not include site work, shipping, finish construction, and other associated fees)

Stormproof cred: Surpasses international hurricane code requirements, including those of Florida’s Miami-Dade County; Bamboo Living homes have survived 173 mph winds (Category 5 hurricane) with cosmetic damage only

Name: 99-2b, a transportable modular home by Cubicco (below)

Size: 1,025 square feet (2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, optional covered porch)

Cost: starting at $160,300 assembled

Stormproof cred: Designed to meet the 180 mph (Category 5 hurricane) High Velocity Hurricane Zone Florida Building Code

Name: Classic Deltec, a round prefab home by Deltec

Size: 2,075 square feet (2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms)

Cost: $290,000 to $395,000 (turnkey range)

Stormproof cred: None of the over 5,000 homes built in the company’s 48-year history have been lost to or majorly damaged by hurricanes or high winds—Deltec homes have been tested against Hurricanes Hugo, Sandy, Katrina, Ivan, Andrew and Charley.

NameCocoon by Autonomous Tent (design by architect Harry Gesner)

Size: 700 square feet (includes bathroom with shower and composting toilet; stove can be installed)

Cost: $100,000 finished

Stormproof cred: Steel and aluminum tube frames and fabric covering have been engineered to withstand winds of up to 90 mph (Category 1 hurricane) and snow loads of up to 30 psf (about 18 inches of accumulated snow)


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