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185 mph, 25 mph above the 160 mph required by Texas code, said Chris Waters of Boumans Construction.

But this time around, they are doing their best to make the house as strong and high off the ground as possible.

come to Texas and met them. He started working with engineers and other Southeast Texas contractors to adapt his frame design to Gulf Coast standards.

Missouri resident Danny Schwartz, a member of the Old Order Amish sect, came to Texas in hopes of bringing his building skills to the monumental task of rebuilding the Gulf Coast and building it back stronger than it was before.

Bearded men in broad brimmed hats and suspenders were building what likely is the region's first beach house that uses a frame traditional to Amish barns.

While the exposed beams will give the inside of the house a distinctive appearance, the outer finish does not appear ostentatious among the beach houses around it. A deck on the front of the house shows off some detail of the exposed beams. "To me it looks beachy," Blake Rising said.

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"He said, 'What they need is what we've got,' " the 54 year old Schwartz said.

They will never forget the desolation of that day. "It's like a hole in your heart," Bunny Rising said.

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The mortise and tenon style is the way Amish barns traditionally were constructed, using heavy timber beams carved to fit together to hold the building up. The mortise is the cavity hollowed to fit the tenon, which is the end of the interlocking beam, shaped to fit smoothly into the mortise. The two are held in place with pegs.

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The Risings did a little research and by November, Schwartz had Gucci Belt Dragon Buckle

They first heard about the benefits of the Amish building style from the Missouri man who had come down for the cleanup.

Learning this type of building simply was part of his upbringing, Schwartz said. He became a general contractor when he was 20 and discovered that an interest in the exposed beam style was becoming fashionable.

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And they loved their beach life too much not to rebuild.

On the Fujita scale, F5 is ranked as an "incredible tornado" with wind speeds of 261 to 318 mph.

Schwartz' first clients were Blake and Bunny Rising, a couple who had lived in Lafitte's Landing for several years. They returned from evacuation to find nothing but a few timbers where their beloved home had been.

Using a binder containing examples of his work, Schwartz showed photos of a home whose frame he had built that subsequently was hit by a F5 tornado.

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He was amazed to see builders looking for ways to support the beams, when of course the purpose of beams is to support buildings.

"This is home for us," said Blake Rising, a district manager for Spec's liquor stores. "I moved a thousand miles to be on this spot. For the people who live here, this is a lifestyle most people would envy."

"We're hoping to build a lot of them," Schwartz said. "We don't want to intrude we want to use local people. My wish is to help out, not hinder."

Another Gulf Coast requirement was additional tie downs.

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He found out about the need from a neighbor who returned from Bolivar after helping with the debris cleanup.

BEAUMONT Construction is not an unusual sight along the Texas Gulf Coast these days, but recently on Bolivar Peninsula, residents were seeing something a little different at one site.

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In the beach house, the beams are made of Douglas fir and are held together with ash pegs, Schwartz said.

More than 30 feet above the ground, Emanel, Jonas and Pete Schwartz moved about comfortably on the frame, guiding preassembled parts made at home in Schwartz's shop into place and hammering in the pegs to hold them there.

Soon the graceful lines of the simple structure began to emerge.

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Schwartz oversaw the work from floor level, assisting at such tasks as he could from there while three of his sons worked up on the beams of the rising structure.

his wife and one of his son's wives came along excited some curiosity among Southeast Texans, who have a lot of questions about what being Amish means.

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They raised it from 18 feet to 22 feet above sea level, and decided to go with the Amish style frame for practical as well as aesthetic reasons.

Siding and shingles had been torn away, but the frame stayed intact.

The couple agreed their new house will be better than the one lost in Hurricane Ike's surge.

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