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    Default Has anyone built on stilts/stumps?

    We are thinking of building on stumps or stilts because land here is so rocky that site works will be $100k but want to hear real life experiences with living in a house with stumps or building one.
    Do u regret it and why or is it so great?
    We are in Perth but doesn't matter where you are thanks!!

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    Would the whole house needs to be raised or just some? A family members house is on stumps at the front but on ground level at the back. It works well as they had enough room for the garage underneath the front and some storage space.

    Eta. They lived on a hill too so thats why there was so much space.

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    We are on steel adjustable stumps that are about 2 metres tall.

    Pros - Heaps of storage underneath house. We are concreting it in for rumpus rooms, workshop, play area (not legal height to be built in unfortunately)
    - If you had the money you could have it raised/built to the right height and build it in for a 2 story house as your family grows.
    - Nicer views, more privacy from neighbours.
    - Nice and shady for the dogs to lie/kids to play/hubby to work underneath on hot days

    Cons
    - Our house needs re-levelling all the time, we have done it 3 times in the last 5 years. DH does it himself with a laser level and jack but it costs a couple of grand to pay somebody. Depends what type of soil you are on though, we are on black soil which moves like crazy!
    - We can't have tiles and all our new cornice that was installed 2 years ago has cracked and needs re-plastering. Again, i really think this would depend on you soil you are on, some soils have very minimal movement so would likely be fine.

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    Thanks for the replies.. It would be off the ground at least 2 meters.. In clay so hopefully that doesn't move much I would hate to have to worry about cracks etc.. Its given us something to think about thank you

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    I've only ever had a stumped house. Our current house has been on this site 89 years and hasn't sunk in that time.

    Awesome for accessing plumbing but the floor gets very draughty - our floorboards don't seal well.

    In comparison BIL's house is stumped and has been relevelled twice in 5 years, all down to soil type.


 

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