Published: Sep 30, 2010 11:34 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 30, 2010 8:40 PM EDT

BOOKELIA, Fla. - Forget square walls. A house in Southwest Florida is breaking the building mold.

The rare shape of this Bookelia home is its first line of defense against a hurricane.

The home on Stringfellow Road is round.

"When we decided we wanted to build out here my husband wanted something different," says homeowner Irene Davis. "We wanted something that would be noticeable and catch people's attention and I think this is it."

Davis and her husband wanted to think "outside the box" when it came time to build their weekend retreat.

"We had a lot of neighbors that came over and were checking it out. A lot of them wanted to come back once it got built to see what it looked like on the inside."

But the design isn't only for aesthetics. There's a reason for it's roundness.

"The Deltec Corporation has promoted this house as hurricane friendly and that really caught our eye for this area," says Davis.

Irene's no expert, but she explains it's all about the aerodynamics.

"Because there's no side walls for the wind to catch on. The wind just kind of goes right around it."

While she loves that her home is built to survive a big storm, Irene's in no hurry to put it to the test.

"We feel safe that it would survive. We've been very been lucky in this area that we haven't had many storms."

She's hoping that luck continues to hold out.

Deltec Homes has been in business for 42 years and says it has never lost a home to a storm.

The company says its circular structures even survived Hurricanes Andrew and Katrina.