These can be confusing or misleading for people considering this type of project and often to originate from people in the construction industry who don’t understand house raising (yes, there are builders who can’t raise houses very well) or homeowners who have heard mistruths and given them some creative elaboration. Therefore, we have decided to list the most common misconceptions about house raising, and the truth behind them:
Myth 1: House raising is too expensive.
While the cost of a house raising project can vary depending on the size and complexity of the work, it is often a more cost-effective solution than building a new home or making major renovations. We guarantee you it is nearly always cheaper than building on top of an existing house or digging out the land below, with a goal to create more space. In addition, raising a house can add value to the property and provide additional living space, which can offset the cost of the project over time.
Myth 2: House raising takes a long time.
This really couldn’t be further from the truth! Whilst the duration of a house raising project will depend on the scope of the work and the condition of the house, it is generally a more efficient process than starting from scratch. Our raise teams may only be on your site anywhere from one week up to a maximum of around 4-5 weeks (for those seriously large and complex projects). The actual process of raising the house is typically completed within a few days with additional time needed for preparation, mateirlals, builder liason and follow-up work such as connecting utilities and finishing the interior or exterior of the raised portion of the house.
Myth 3: House raising is not safe.
Safety is a top (if not the top) priority during a house raising project, and our team take all necessary precautions to ensure the stability and structural integrity of the house as well as the safety of our workers and other contractors. This may include installing temporary supports to hold the house in place while it is being raised and conducting inspections to verify the safety of the work.
Myth 4: House raising is only for houses that are in poor condition.
Wrong again. While house raising can be a solution for many Queensland homes that are in disrepair, it is also a way to modernise and update newer houses that are already on great condition. and may need more space. A goo example of this is raising a house to create additional bedrooms or even to improve the views and outlook of the home.
So while there maybe some confusion over the process and costs regarding house raising, we honestly believe it is a versatile, cost-effective and tried and tested solution for Brisbane homeowners who are looking to update or expand their houses in some way, shape or form. We hope this article helps debunk some of the common misconceptions about the process, the truth is that house raising really is a safe, efficient, and cost-effective way to improve your home.
Resilient Homes Fund & House Raising