DH1 Disaster House Doesn't Require Screws

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The hurricane season cometh, and the DH1 Disaster House is one man's solution to the problem of homelessness—only problem is that it costs and arm and a leg—and that is usually not an option if you have lost everything to one of Nature's bad moods.


Designed by Californian architect Gregg Fleishman, the DH1 comes in flatpack form and you don't even need nails to put it together. Slot the parts, made of European birch plywood, together and—voil ! instant dwelling.

The DH1's structural floor cleverly sits 30 inches off the ground (anyone rich who is still recovering from this year's Glastonbury trauma, put the DH1 on next year's shopping list), so no unsightly seepage from underneath.

There are several drawbacks, though—first, the price of $22,000 would be beyond the reach of most disaster victims. If biblical rains follow the disaster, then you're going to get wet, unless you have a canvas or plastic sheet—and a big one—to hand. Third—and don't bad things always come in threes?—a high wind may mean you wake up to find you're not in Kansas any more, Dorothy, unless you were smart and moored your DH1 four ways to a concrete block.

DH1 Disaster House, from stack of plywood to dwelling in no time flat [Sci Fi Tech]



Actually, plywood will withstand moisture pretty well event without any sealant. completely bare unfinished plywood is several layers (hence the "ply") and even when there is standing water on it, the outer ply may warp a little. And this takes considerabl time. But for the most part, it really doesnt affect it structurally AFAIK.

The biggest issue I see for us living in Hurricane Alley (3 myself), is windows and AC. Holes might work in temperate climates like UK. I spent a week after each hurricane without AC and it really sucks.

And yes, the weather after a hurricane does seem to be worderful - all the humidity leaves with it.

Is $22K cheaper than a FEMA trailer?