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Concrete house in Dewey may be hurricane-proof

Supplier: Dolfi Benesh
14 April, 2012

A three-story house in Dewey Beach may be just the thing for you if you're worried about hurricanes.

Turnstone Builders is constructing a concrete house on Collins Avenue. Chief financial officer Dave Eppes says insulated concrete forms houses are perfect for coastal living.

"If you had to tear this house down, it would be very, very difficult because the concrete and the steel form a web," Eppes said. 

"It's really the steel that creates the majority of the strength."

And it's beautiful.

"We decided to kind of build this house as a demonstration that a concrete house doesn't have to be ugly.

"Because, most people, when you say 'concrete house,' that evokes images that are not realistic."

Eppes says a concrete house doesn't need interior walls for strength, so the new owners will have lots of options on the first floor.

"So, if they want to put three more bedrooms down there, that's fine. An in-law suite, that's fine. Bowling alley..."

Yes, he said 'bowling alley.' The house is 71-hundred square feet. And Eppes says concrete helps keep a house cool in the summer and warm in the winter. And it's yours for $3.1 million.