Sweeping lines, generous eaves up to 11', and gently sloping roofs give the Category-5 an unmistakably Mid-Century feel. Poised among homes of Houston's classic modern period, or more recent buildings, it radiates comfort, elegance and durability.
The Category-5 boasts an enormously strong concealed steel framework - engineered for a 160 mph Category 5 storm. As a result, interior walls are non-load bearing and can easily be reconfigured. Although our base models of 2,000 and 2,800 square feet come with pre-designed layouts, we are happy to assist in modifying those plans, and well prepared to guide the redesign of kitchens and baths, if desired. On the exterior, selection of stucco finishes and colors, configuration of deeply shaded terraces, and details such as the design of the building's stairs and skirts help lend a personal touch to every house.
While the details of a Category-5 can exactly reflect the owner's tastes, the massing of the building is marked by elevation to 60"+ above the Base Flood level. Unobstructed "flow through" crawlspaces with break-away skirts help assure a clean ending to the flood event. Importantly - and unlike typical custom homes - the Category-5 does not permit pooling of floodwaters under the house, or "rising damp" to bring mold and disease into the building.
These days, it's unusual to talk about houses and design in terms of health and cleanliness. However, one of the most important aspects of the Category-5's design is, simply, its hygiene. Almost every aspect of the building contributes directly to defending against the dirt, disease, decay and pests that afflict typical custom home construction. Built strong and clean, the Category-5 Storm Defense House is a home for the long term.
The Category-5's exterior walls, almost 14" thick, host radiant barrier and blown batt insulation that provide heat resistance equating to R-63 - much greater than the R-19 of typical custom homes. Likewise, the roof hosts insulation equating to R-50 - much greater than the R-30 of custom homes. Coupled with the roof's generous eaves - sponsoring cooling breezes as well as deep shade - these specifications create huge efficiencies. Utility bills drop sharply, to a fraction of typical costs. With 95%+ of the Cat-5's steel structure comprised of recycled material, the building promises a truly "green" footprint.
ROOF INSULATION, R-50:
SUPERIOR TO R-30 TYPICAL
WALL INSULATION, R-63:
SUPERIOR TO R-19 TYPICAL
RADIANT BARRIER BLANKET:
INCLUDES R-11 INSULATION