Unique Home Arouses Interest In Gulf Hills

When Katrina stormed ashore in 2005, Phil and Mary Jo Smith lost their home in Gulf Hills. The Jackson county couple is rebuilding with a flair.

The Smiths have designed an octagon house. The structure sits on the bayou and has attracted attention from people who have watched the construction and wondered about its unique design.

The home is elevated and uses steel beam construction. The octagonal shape will deflect wind, helping to make the home more sturdy in the event of another storm.

Builder Dan Cummings says, "This home will withstand winds of up to 180 miles an hour."

The home should be completed in the next six months. It's a dream come true for Phil and Mary Jo Smith.