A fireproof house
Fully fireproof buildings don’t exist. But fireresistant materials such as concrete and limestone, coupled with flame-retardant roofs, chimney caps, and mesh screens, can get you close. For wildfire-prone states such as California, work starts at the lawn’s edge, says Michael Rogers, facilities director at the Getty Center in LA, a leader in resilient design. Wildfires spread from floating embers, so homeowners trim plants to reduce kindling. The museum’s million-gallon water tank is beyond a typical family’s means—or needs— but absorbent plants can temper a growing flame.