If you live in a timber-framed house that was built on stumps, you may have to consider a house-raising project at some point in the future. House raising is the process of separating a house from its foundation, raising it with the help of hydraulic jacks, and placing temporary supports to stabilise the elevated structure.
People undertake house raising projects for different reasons. Here are some of the typical reasons you may end up raising your house.
To Extend Your Home
Running out of space in your home?
As your family grows, so does your need for more living space. If you can't extend to the rear or side of your home and your current house design doesn't allow the addition of a first or second storey, raising the home and building under it is a possible way to create the extra space you need.
The best part is you won't have to increase your home's original footprint in order to create more space.
For Aesthetic Purposes
Is the house next door dragging your house down? It's difficult to tell someone that their house is the neighbourhood eyesore. But that doesn't mean you should let the unattractiveness of their house pose problems for you.
House raising can be undertaken to move and rotate your home to avoid the unpleasantness of nearby houses and other structures.
For Structure Relocation
Need to move your entire house to a different location? There are two approaches to take: disassemble the entire structure and then rebuild it at the new location or separate it from its foundation and then transport it whole.
House raising is a crucial step in the process of transporting a whole house to the intended destination.
For House Foundation Repair
Over time, the foundation of your house may get damaged due to a variety of issues such as excessive settling. In such situations, you'll need to get the home restumped in order to reinstate its structural integrity.
House raising is a must to undertake the house restumping job.
To Avoid Flood Damage
If your home is located in a flood-prone area, getting it elevated will help avoid potential flooding that may occur when a big storm hits the area. As the house is lifted, the stumps will be replaced with longer, sturdier materials that can provide adequate protection against flood damage.
House raising isn't possible for all homes. For example, homes built on concrete slab foundations can't be jacked up. For more information, talk to a house-raising contractor near you.