House design that makes it easier to withstand a storm or power outage

House design that makes it easier to withstand a storm or power outage

Our hearts go out to those suffering from the recent hurricane. Its effects put into perspective just how powerful a force nature is and cause all of us to think in new ways about where and how we live. In Western North Carolina, we have many residents affectionately known as half-backers or snowbirds who summer here from Florida.

Originally from more northern areas of the eastern seaboard, they retired to Florida but find it too hot in the summer. Others come here directly. Often, these newcomers want to know how we deal with snow here (it’s rarely a problem, snow events happen only a few times a year and the snow melts quickly). But with the various acts of nature and the increasing load on the power grid, there are sometimes other concerns. Fortunately, our house designs make it easier to withstand a storm or power outage, should one occur.

Especially in the higher elevations or more remote locations, we make provision for a generator in the homes we design. Some clients elect not to put a generator in at first because it does add cost, but they like knowing the home is ready for one to be “plugged in” at any time.

Though we do have four distinct seasons, the weather tends to be quite pleasant here year round. But during inclement weather, this provision for a generator provides an opportunity for and a feeling of self-reliance. Remote areas aren’t the power companies’ top concern, residents in these areas know, and having a generator allows for continuity of daily life with less inconvenience.

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About the author

Amy Conner-Murphy

Amy Conner-Murphy founded ACM Design over a decade ago after relocating to Asheville with her family. Architecture had always provided inspiration for Amy, but focus on work that was more personal in nature held even greater meaning. After many years of nurturing the idea of designing homes that created that sense of place and belonging that she longed for herself, she made the move to do just that. When not designing homes, Amy enjoys traveling with husband, Steve and visiting daughters, Rebecca and Julia, who are both college students. She nurtures her creative side by gardening, watercolor painting, and soul collage and keeps herself strong by running and biking. Amy has served on the Board for AIA Asheville, as well as on the Education Committees of AIA North Carolina and Asheville Homebuilders Association.

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