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Building a Storm-Proof Home

Ensure the safety of your family by having a home that can withstand strong winds and rain

Photography: Dairy Darilag (Main Photo)

Designing a home that is apt for the country’s climate not only makes a house comfortable to live in, but also ensures safety for the dwellers, whatever the weather.

“Everything starts from the conception of a design,” says architect Allen Obleña. “Many disasters could have been averted had proper designs been implemented.” 

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Be inspired by the principles of the bahay kubo design.

“The main floor is raised above the ground. The pitch of the roof is steep, thus holding less amount of water. Windows have shutters that protect the openings from strong winds,” describes Allen.


Consider cement-based materials for the roof.

However, if these materials are way beyond your budget, you may also use cheaper alternatives like stone-coated G.I. sheets. “There are some cases when the roof and trusses were so tightly latched on the concrete structure, and they were all ripped apart from the rest of the house during a storm," Allen warns.

This can be prevented by “computing wind load and adjusting the design of the house openings so that wind would flow through the house without causing damage,” explains Allen. Consult with a professional when dealing with this matter. 

Use materials that allow water to seep through the ground for the exterior flooring.

Allen suggests using pebbles and pavers for your outdoor spaces. For interiors, he recommends ceramics, porcelain, and vinyl tiles as these are more resilient than their wooden counterparts. HDF and engineered wood laminates expand when soaked. 

Install wall cladding for added storm protection.

“Wall cladding may vary from natural materials to even processed materials like aluminum and tiles,” says Allen. He adds that you can also use elastomeric paints with waterproofing qualities for your walls.

If possible, build a storm drain around your house where all excess water can go.

"Elevation is the key to an effective storm drain or canals. Storm drains must be located at the lowest part of the property for optimum result," says architect Anthony Yan.

Photo by Jun Pinzon.

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