When building my current home, I made the executive decision to build everything up to code and beyond.
I heard about that couple who built the only house that withstood that category 5 hurricane that slammed Mexico Beach, Florida back in 2018.
They asked the builders to take the home up to the code for category 5 storms and to surpass it to whatever degree they could. That house could probably withstand artillery fire because of how it was built. I was amazed watching their segment on the news after that storm leveled every other property within a few hundred yards of their home. It gave me the motivation to build my current home to excessive standards, hoping that I would also have a house that wouldn’t fall over from a slight wind gust. I asked to have the walls made out of concrete block, utilizing black bar steel rebar tie wire within. However, I designed my new driveway utilizing reinforced concrete containing galvanized, zinc coated steel rebar tie wire. Above the reinforced concrete is a lawyer of stone pavers arranged in geometrical patterns. The zinc coating on the galvanized steel rebar tie wire prevents moisture from penetrating the steel and corroding it past the point of failure. I want my driveway to last without any cracks of any kind for at least a couple decades after it’s complete. Some might call me crazy for using steel rebar tie wire in my driveway, and even crazier for buying galvanized rebar of all things. They would say I could have used black bar steel rebar tie wire instead.