A friend’s family home was destroyed by hurricane Katrina. Determined to rebuild better, they chose a round home. Round homes are superior performers in high winds and hurricanes because the wind can travel around them rather than getting trapped and beating against a flat face. Granted, no home is completely storm-proof, but it is pretty significant that none of the round homes built by Deltec—a specialist in round home design and construction—suffered catastrophic damage from Katrina. As if strength and beauty weren’t enough, round homes do not draft or lose warm interior air to pressure buildup outside like rectangular homes do, so they are more energy efficient. With all these attributes, it’s a wonder every coastal home isn’t round.

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