Will it flood in Brisbane again?
One of the most common renovations we design here at QDH is raising a home. Raising a house in Brisbane is a wise investment decision, especially in flood-prone areas. If you are affected by flood, then by lifting the house above the flood level, you can protect your property from water damage and potentially lower your insurance premiums.
But, even if you are safe from creek/river flooding, the benefits are huge! Raising a house can provide extra living space underneath, which can be converted into a garage, storage area, or even additional living areas. However, it is important to work with a reputable designer, engineer & builder who has experience in house raising and understands the specific requirements and regulations in Brisbane.
To compound the challenge further however, many Brisbane homes are under Character restrictions, so extra care and attention needs to be taken so as to avoid a Development Application (where possible). The best outcomes (read - 'least stressful') are achieved when you talk to the right people.
What is the planning process for raising a house in Brisbane?
1. Talk to a Building Designer - a Building Designer will be able to guide you through the process and what is involved. They will also be able to guide you towards any other consultants that may be required such as surveyors, flood engineers, town planners, building certifiers and other government agencies which may provide financial assistance for the raise (such as the resilient homes fund).
2. Talk to a Builder - Your Building Designer should be able to give you some builder contacts that they regularly have dealings with. A Builder will be able to take a look at the house, and let you know of anything else that should be considered for the raise and/or renovation of the home.
3. Have plans drawn up - You will need to have plans drawn up to show council the existing and proposed plans for the raise of the building. The outcome will be a result of careful design and evaluation of the necessary planning, flooding & character constraints relevant to your property.
4. Submit the plans to the relevant authorities - Your Building Designer will work closely with all other necessary consultants involved in the process in order to submit the plans for approval to council and the building certifier. Once you have the necessary approvals in hand. You are good to starting raising!
Talk to the 'right people', by taking advantage of our FREE 15min Zoom Design Consultation with Sam, our lead Building Designer to discuss your project in depth.
Raising your Brisbane home will take your home to new heights... (sorry, dad joke). With careful planning and execution, raising your house can improve its value, functionality, and resilience. Have a chat to us about raising your home today.