One notable absence is the home’s lack of hurricane shutters. Instead small pegs protrude from the window frames, onto which custom-fitted Kevlar sheets (think bullet-proof vests) are attached in preparation for a storm. Used on all of Make it Right’s homes, the sheets help to defend against wind and airborne debris in the event of a hurricane, but require less resources and maintenance than traditional shutters, and generate less waste and damage to the home than the plywood boards often drilled onto window frames when a storm approaches.
The house is elevated two to three feet above the minimum requirements for its location, and Make it Right is additionally engaged in efforts to reduce the street-level flooding which New Orleanians are all too familiar with. The City, working in consultation with the Foundation has just laid its first permeable street in the Lower 9th Ward (also referred to as rice krispie roads). Several other streets are currently being resurfaced in the hopes that the new material will enable rain from heavy summer storms to drain through the streets.