I covered Ted Fort and his scrap house back in 2009. This is a home he built for free while in high school. You can check out his blog thescraphouse.wordpress.com and learn more about the project. Yesterday he sent me an update on how it is holding out so far through Hurricane Sandy and I wanted to share his note and photos with you.
I thought I’d send you a photo of the scrap house fighting off Hurricane Sandy. Currently about 55-60 MPH winds, with 6 or so feet of flooding. That’s about two feet deep where the wood is floating. During Irene the water was half way up the door, so this is a lot better so far. Proof that tiny, and in this case freely built, houses can withstand some serious weather!
This will be the fourth or fifth major storm it’s been through. I also attached a photo looking towards Pamlico Sound, about 100 feet away from the Scrap House. Hope you’re doing well, I still read your blog regularly. -Ted Fort
I also asked about the scrap house and here is a short update from Ted.
No, I haven’t really worked on it much since high school back when I was updating my blog. I’ve done some more interior work, but nothing substantial. The last update to thescraphouse.wordpress.com was April 2011, which is a bit sad I must admit. Overall, though, I’ve been extremely pleased how well it’s held up considering it was built for free. Nothing leaks, etc. It is eventualy going to be moved, likely several hundred miles, so I’m hesitant to put too much more effort into it until it’s in a permanent location. I’m starting to see why building on a trailer is a good idea.
Thanks Ted for the update and keep us posted if you should move the home, etc.