Because connectivity to the street level is an important element in this traditional neighborhood, the team placed palms and other plants around the porch to further unite it with the ground below.
Inside each of these graceful columns lies a core of stainless steel, lending the home the look of historic Galveston with the strength to survive a hurricane such as September's Ike, which pummeled the island. In addition to the steel portals, the house is built on concrete pillars that won't deteriorate in the coastal climate the way wood pilings do. "What we're doing here goes above and beyond the coastal fortification requirements to give our owners peace of mind," says developer Tofigh Shirazi. "Not just with this house, but in every house at Beachtown."