Designing Your Home to Survive Extreme Weather

design your home for extreme weather

In Episode 92 of The Architecture Happy Hour podcast, co-hosts and residential architects Laura Davis and Holly Hall talk about all that went wrong during the massive winter storm that hit Texas and much of the southern US in February 2021.

Who knew five inches of snow could bring the entire state of Texas to its knees? A week of extreme cold and unprecedented snow caused near-catastrophic effects on the state’s electric grid and utility providers. Many homes and businesses suffered extensive damage from busted pipes and flooding. Using this recent experience as a backdrop, we go on to talk about measures you can take to protect your current home from freezing temperatures as well as designing your home to survive extreme weather.

In this podcast:

  • What can go wrong in extreme temperatures?
  • What you can do to your current home to protect it?
  • How to design severe weather safeguards into a new home or remodel?

Necessary systems such as, electricity, plumbing, heating, cooking, driving, and services and food delivery are extremely vulnerable in winter weather.

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VP, Architect, hpd architecture + interiors
Laura Davis is a Texas and Colorado registered architect and interior designer, and a co-founder of hpd architecture + interiors. With a diverse portfolio spanning residential, commercial, retail, and historical projects, Laura’s heart lies with her specialty in Historic Preservation. She loves to revitalize older properties, cherishing their character and the stories they hold. Her true passion lies in understanding her clients deeply, uncovering their desires and motivations, and crafting designs that turn houses into cherished homes.

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Laura Davis is a registered architect and interior designer in the state of Texas and Colorado, and a founding member of hpd architecture + interiors. Laura's extensive experience includes residential as well as commercial and retail projects.  She also has a particular interest in restoration, holding a certificate in Historic Preservation. She is energized by the character of older homes and the stories of those who have lived there. Responding to the needs of the current owner, while also honoring the personality of the original home is a delicate process to be enjoyed.

Laura Davis

Vice President, Architect, Interior Designer Principal , hpd architecture + interiors