Renovating a traditional Queenslander is an exciting challenge. If you’ve been looking for ways to update yours, we recommend doing more than a simple paint job. Consider making bigger changes, like raising your home from the ground! Raising a Queenslander in Brisbane is beneficial in so many ways. Let’s discuss the benefits that push a lot of homeowners to do it:
You get a new floor
A lot of first-time homeowners settled in smaller single storey homes because they had a smaller budget before. A few years after, their lives and lifestyle changed. Some had kids and they need a bigger home.
The good news is, most of them saved enough money to renovate their current home.
If they can’t extend their Queenslander sideways, they consider lifting their homes.
Raising your home is extending downwards. It gives your home a ground floor. You can use the lower floor to create more livable spaces. You can build a new bedroom, a dedicated home office, an open patio, a home gym, or create a larger family room that looks like a retreat. If not, you can use it to build a carport, garage, or your personal hideout.
Tip: A lot of homeowners in the Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, the Gold Coast, and other surrounding areas live in homes that require restumping. If this is the case for you, lifting your home and enclosing the space underneath might work for you.
You protect your property
Homeowners in Brisbane, particularly those who live in suburbs near the Brisbane river (and other bodies of water), raise their home for one important reason: to protect their homes from flood. They want to avoid costly repairs and minimise water damage to their property.
We highly recommend that you build a home in stilts if you plan to build a home next to a body of water. The design must be on point. Build strong posts and pillars made of wood, steel, or concrete. Proper design, engineering, construction, plus comprehensive home insurance will protect your property from disasters that bring costly damages.
In addition, raising your Queenslander keeps wild animals and vermin out. It protects the main structure from termites as well.
You get a better view from your windows
Let’s say you plan to build a Queenslander and live in the suburbs with mountainous terrains with breathtaking views. Would you like to lift your Queenslander to get a more scenic view?
Of course, you would.
Raising your house can give you a stunning view of nature, which makes the property more special and more valuable. Views substantially increase the value of a home.
Tip: Engage an architect who knows how to design based on your location. When you do, you will end up with a home that incorporates nature in its design. You will love to live there.
You ventilate the house from under
A lot of people don’t know this, but raising a Queenslander allows cool air to flow under the house. Natural ventilation is always a good idea, especially when you want a home that’s cool and comfortable every day, regardless of the season.
Raising your home changes your property big time. It becomes bigger and better. If you own a Queenslander with timber stumps, we want you to know that you have so much opportunity to renovate it at a relatively small investment. All you need to do is form a team to help you design and build, discuss your budget with them, and ask them to provide maximum benefit from your investment.
Are you planning to renovate your own Queenslander? Tell us what you plan to do or find a Brisbane-based building designer who’s worked with heritage and Queenslander-style houses.