St. Martin Man Ready To Rebuild

"Starting to get a little sentimental value to me. It'll be hard to tear it down once I rebuild," Joe Bosarge says about his temporary shelter.

Bosarge calls this shed a washeteria/fireworks stand, but really it's his home, the one he made out of pieces of everyone else's. The walls were once someone's blue roof.

"The countertops are compliments of Jaco's cabinet shop," Bosarge says.

Being the handy carpenter he is, lights, water, and entertainment weren't left out.

"Running water, TV. We can watch Oprah," he says.

Bosarge is practical too. His laundromat style dryer is also the heater.

"When I'm not drying clothes and it's cold, I just turn it on and there's your heat," Bosarge says. "If that ain't enough, I turn my stove on."

"If it was something that would be permanent, it would look a lot better than this."

It's just a temporary fix. The shed's coming down once Bosarge's new home goes up.

"Just a three bedroom, two bathroom house. Just a plain house with a tin roof on it," Bosarge says. "Right where the other house was at."

He's excited. The home Katrina washed away was two feet off the ground. New restrictions say his new house has to go up, four more feet. Bosarge says, why not higher?

"But if I go four feet higher, that's six feet. If I go up another two feet, I can drive under it. So basically that's what I'm going to do."

And he's going to do it soon.

"Hopefully in the next couple weeks you'll see masonry pilings, eight feet in the air. If it takes a year or two years, I just want to get started."

When he does, Bosarge says, he'll be the first in his neighborhood to begin building.