- Posted Thursday, 23 February 2017 -
- In Renovations & Extensions
The following article is taken form Issue 12 of Success Business Magazine.
1974 saw one of the
biggest wet seasons in the history of the region - towns were cut off and homes
were flooded. That period marked the
beginning of the house raising industry which today, sees people lifting their
homes for a completely different reason.
availability of land in established suburbs close to existing amenity, shopping
centres and the CBD, people are quickly seeing the benefits of raising their
house and building underneath.
Raising a house means
that people don’t have to sell-up and leave the area they love just to get more
liveable area. Going up and building in
underneath can provide twice the usable floor space without changing the
footprint of the property. It also
provides more opportunity for façade design, the separating of living areas and
an elevated perspective. Ultimately,
this will also be more attractive to potential buyers meaning the value of the
property is increased.
With the increasing
cost of land in established inner-city suburbs, it is a very smart option.
And the benefits don’t
stop there. There are countless examples
of older properties that were designed in a time that doesn’t suit the style of
living we enjoy now. Bedrooms were
small, kitchens were seen as a work space rather than an entertainment area, outdoor living was rarely connected to the indoor space and
the list goes on.
Lifting and building
underneath can provide owners with a range of opportunities to renovate,
remodel or even extend the existing [upstairs] living area as well.
But what is very
important in this process is that the foundations of the property are
solid. Too often I see people that renovate
their bathrooms or kitchens in older homes and this work is compromised by the
old and deteriorated foundations.
For this reason, I
encourage people even considering raising their properties as an option to do
this first before undertaking any major renovations in the existing structure.
Nixon Build has been
raising and renovating homes is North Queensland for almost 50 years. We are specialists in renovation and remodelling
and we also subcontract to other builders for the house raising components of
For more information
on the benefits of raising your house, give Bret a call on 0410 572 211.