New home to withstand cyclonic conditions
WHEN Rob and Toni Trask build their new home at Hull Heads near Tully, it will resemble a pier.
Their home at the mouth of the Hull River was severely damaged in Cyclone Yasi and has been written off by insurance assessors. The sea washed into the under storey of the home and even the top floor was left awash with sand and sea water. They were in New Zealand when the cyclone formed and began tracking it on the internet. They knew Hull Heads, just north of Tully Heads, was going to take a serious whack. They headed for home and arrived back on February 4.
They own two houses on the beachfront at Hull Heads and both have been written off.
The new house, to replace the one in which they live, will be built 2m off the ground.
‘‘ It’s going to be built out of the biggest concrete blocks we can find,’’ Mr Trask said.
‘‘ We’re using a Gold Coast architect we know and the concept we have in mind is to design a house where the living areas are protected and where non-living areas are sacrificed in the event of a cyclone and accompanying surge. The garage area and the underneath will be sacrificed so that the water can just pass through underneath.
‘‘ The house itself will stand on heavy foundations, like you’d see on a pier. It will be seriously overe ngi neer e d i n t e r ms o f t he foundations.’’