By Joel Scanlon
The House Designers and Project Team Up together will be providing house plans for tornado victims of Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Following the devastations across Alabama caused due to 62 tornadoes on April 27, 2011, nearly 24,000 homes were destroyed. The Holt Area of Tuscaloosa was shattered by an EF-4 tornado, over a mile wide followed by a six-mile track of ravage that wiped out 5,300 homes. National Weather Service report stated that in 2011, Alabama experienced the highest number of twisters with 177 tornadoes hitting the state.
A non-profit organization called Project Team Up came up with an approach to construct new homes for the Tuscaloosa community. Following the initiation, the designers and architects of The House Designers designed blueprints for this new house plan, based on the preferences of the residents of Tuscaloosa.
The Morrow House Plan and the Norcuss House Plan were the plan’s first offerings. The Norcuss House Plan is an elegant 1-½ story design with a 252 sq. ft. bonus room including a variety of other facilities for a mid-size house plan. Some of the significant features of this home are a large kitchen with two breakfast bars, a 24’ x 14’ vaulted great room with fireplace, a spacious 3-car garage and a 12’ vaulted ceilings in the master suite with a 6’ palladium window. The latest Morrow House Plan features an open design of 2,000 sq.ft. The traditional brick exterior accentuates the typical Alabama appearance.
Several volunteer teams, especially a group of Amish volunteers worked consistently for the home construction. In addition, social organizations like ACTS World Relief, Reach Out Worldwide, and Nick’s Kids supported the effort.