World’s First Tornado Proof Log Cabin


BRANSON, Mo. — Two years ago, we told you about the world’s first tornado proof log cabin — being built right here in the Ozarks. It’s part of a new development called “The Cabins at Maplerock.” 

Developers say not only is it super energy efficient and able to keep pests out — but it can also withstand the destructive winds of an EF-5 tornado.

Construction on the 1700-square-foot, 2 bed, 2 and a half bath home started back in 2014. 

“Anybody viewing this home can actually see the very rock that the home was built on,” said Dane Braden, Director of Sales and Marketing for “The Cabins at Maplerock.” 

“What you see here looks like logs and stone,” Braden said, “All of those logs, including the white chinking joints in between, that’s solid concrete.”

The cabin boasts six inches of concrete on the outside, four inches of foam insulation in the middle — and two additional inches on the interior concrete. Plus, an industrial grade weathering steel roof.  

“This is the same kind of steel they use to construct highway bridges,” said Braden. 

All of the beams that are in the home, were built using tools, just like those that would have been built 200 years ago.

“It’s not like they ran it through a machine,” Braden said, “It’s not faux distressing. I mean it’s the real deal.”

” I don’t get to work with my hands very often, said Doug Gross, a carpenter on the project, “and you are working with your hands on this job…every step of the way.”

” I will not forget this one. It’s been very unique,” Gross said.

Braden says the developer has more of these unique cabins to come. 

“He has bought this hilltop – and he has subdivided it, into anywhere from 2 and half to 3 acre parcels,” said Braden, “There’s going to be a total of five of these structures that will be built.  And they will be built all around the side of the hill. So no one will have the coveted top of the hill. No one is going to be above everyone else.” 

The listing price on this cabin is between $700,000 and $800,000. Construction on the first one is expected to be completed by the end of this summer.

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