As another major hurricane bears down on Florida as I write this, I can’t help thinking about 2004’s Charley, which was heading toward Tampa while my then-husband was out of town on military duty. It was just my 12-year-old stepdaughter, me and a hurricane kit. To say I was nervous was a Cat 10 understatement!
At the last minute, Charley changed course and slammed into the Ft. Myers area, two hours south. As of Tuesday afternoon, as I write this post, Ian is expected to make landfall somewhere along that same stretch of coast. Storm surge is the greatest concern, emergency leaders say. If you’re in the storm’s path, please follow evacuation instructions! Storm surge can inundate a home with water. It can also pull a home off its foundations and wash it out to sea. You don’t want to be inside if that happens.
You might be thinking, ‘I’ve weathered dozens of hurricanes in my lifetime! Even a few big ones!’ And that could very well be true. (My stepmom was in her house near Homestead Air Force base when Andrew ripped its roof off.) If your home has survived years of storms too, it may not be as resilient today as it was when built decades ago. Wear and tear can take its toll — especially on coastal properties. According to the insurance industry, more than $3.7 trillion in coastal Florida properties are vulnerable to hurricanes, even after building codes were overhauled after Andrew.
The nation’s leading architectural association is concerned that buildings built to code may not be as survivable as we’ve been led to believe. I wrote about that this week. You can read that article here. Their report on this topic is a real eye-opener!
Storm scenes like this one are all too common in Florida
- These homeowner tips on avoiding hurricane scams that I wrote for Hurricane Florence area residents are still timely!
- Neighborly, a network of home service providers, prepared this handy guide to prepping your home for a hurricane. These tips are for those outside of Ian’s cone who have more time before a future storm hits! But hurricane season is far from over and there is some good advice here.
Coming soon to Clubhouse!
Join me and my guest moderators for ways to reduce noise in your home — both from inside and out. The convo takes place at 4 pm EST, 1 pm PST (and all the related time zones) on Wednesday, October 19. I hope you’ll join us.
- 10/19 Creating a Quieter Home
- 11/2 Creating Serene Home Spaces
- 11/16 Top Kitchen & Bath Design Trends
- 12/7 Best Healthy Home Improvements for 2023
Past Clubhouse Recordings
Here are links to Clubhouse recordings from past sessions.
- 9/21 Creating Great Garage Spaces — Recording Link
- 9/7 Smart Home Innovations — Recording Link
- 8/17 Creating Healthy Work from Home Spaces — Recording Link
- 8/3 Creating Healthy Back to School Home Spaces — Recording Link
- 7/20 Wellness Benefits of Co-living — Recording Link
- 7/6 Beat the Heat — Recording Link
- 6/15 Designing with Plants — Recording Link
- 6/1 Wellness Design and Pets — Recording Link
- 5/18 Wellness Design and Art — Recording Link
- 5/4 Spa Bathrooms — Recording Link
- 4/20 Wellness Design and Appliances — Recording Link
- 3/16 Healthy Bedroom Spaces — Recording Link
- 3/2 Wellness Design and Tile Trends — Recording Link
- 2/16 Wellness Design and Autism — Recording Link
- 2/2 New Technology Ideas — Recording Link
- 1/19 Healthy Pantry Spaces — Recording Link
- 1/5 Top 2022 Wellness Design Trends — Recording Link
- 6/2 Smart Homes / Healthy Homes — Recording Link
- 6/16 Home Fitness Spaces — Recording Link
- 7/7 DIY-Friendly Outdoor Wellness Design — Recording Link
- 7/21 Healthy Kid Spaces — Recording Link
- 8/4 Healthy Work from Home Spaces — Recording Link
- 8/18 Smart Home CEDIA Expo Preview — Recording Link
- 9/1 Great Grill Centers (in time for Labor Day) — Recording Link
- 9/15 Laundry and Flex Rooms — Recording Link
- 10/6 Small Appliances for Healthy Living — Recording Link
- 10/20 Healthy Beverage Centers — Recording Link
- 11/3 Healthy Holiday Entertaining at Home — Recording Link
- 11/17 Self Care Spaces — Recording Link
- 12/1 Healthy Home Holiday Gift Ideas (And Pro Shopping Tips) — Recording Link
- 12/15 Achieving Your New Year’s Resolutions with Wellness Design — Recording Link
I’m a pretty avid reader on design-related topics and decided to share some of the riches I’m finding with my Gold Notes readers. Here are a few links you might find interesting and helpful:
- Organizing-related: Without compromise, marriage of organizing styles can be rocky (Washington Post via San Diego Union-Tribune)
- Wellness-related: 6 Must-have decorative plumbing products for ultimate wellness home (Lutz Plumbing Blog)
- Aging-related: How home design can help Alzheimer’s patients feel safe, secure, comfortable at home (Designers Today)