Diane Hellriegel lost lost her home on October 29, 2012 when Hurricane Sandy hit Breezy Point, NY.
An architect worked with her to help regain a sense of security and safety by developing a hurricane strong home that is relatable, attainable and affordable.
Post-hurricane Sandy, Diane Hellriegel’s home in Breezy Point, New York was destroyed. Illya Azaroff, AIA, an architect with expertise in disaster mitigation and resilient planning, design, and implementation worked with Diane to develop plans for a “Hurricane Strong Home.”
“I talked with Diane and she was excited to try this new type of home,” says Azaroff, founding principal of architecture firm +Lab. “So, I teamed up with the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) and brought together an amazing group of industry professionals. We gathered all the best practices and put them into this one house — the idea was to use science to find a better way to build.”