The best way to protect your home from severe weather is to pay attention to where you site it. If that's not possible, you have to think carefully abut your materials and building techniques.
Alex and I haven't been able to travel to Winthrop for the last two weeks because Alex is nine months pregnant with our first child (due date August 30!), and we have to stay close to the hospital. However, a lot has been going on with the cabin, and Dave and Lisa have been working hard on the jobsite. There has also been a fair bit of drama in the materials delivery department.