Over the course of the last 30 or so blogs, we’ve told you all about the reasons that people get house raising performed. Most of those reasons were rivers, canals, creeks, and hurricanes! We’ve gone over the process of lifting a house above base flood elevation, how to apply for FEMA and other government grants, and the ways that preparation can make the entire process go a lot faster.
But all of those are reasons that people invest in house raising that help prevent emergencies. Sometimes there are other reasons why people want a house lifted that have nothing to do with getting it higher than base flood elevation.
Adding A Story
Some people just don’t want to leave their homes. Maybe they love the neighborhood, are close to work, or are simply emotionally attached to the physical structure. They’re not interested in leaving the house, but they want it to be bigger. Time to add an entire story.
When most people think about adding a story to a house, they imagine tearing off the roof and building the second story on top of the first. Rookie mistake!
Instead of taking off a perfectly good roof and exposing your house to the elements, why not gently lift the entire house with the help of Turn Key? We’ll raise your house eight or more feet off the ground so that a new floor can be built under the current one. (We can handle your architectural design and remodeling as well.) That way no one has to move and the house can more easily accommodate a growing family.
Turn That Crawlspace Into A Basement
Many people have a home without a basement but would really like one. Perhaps they’ve been having problems with frozen pipes, or they’re sick and tired of crawling under the house just to replace a furnace filter. We can lift your house, dig you a basement with a new foundation, and set your house down gently. Voila, new basement and a lot more living space!
Raising a Basement
One thing that says luxury in a home is higher ceilings. The average home ceiling is eight or nine feet, so some custom-built homes are built with higher ceiling in order to make them seem larger.
But when was the last time you saw a basement with high ceilings? It doesn’t happen very often, but there are some people who would like a much larger ceiling in their basement. Sure, we could raise it a couple feet and give them a ten-foot ceiling, but what about people who want to play basketball in their basement? Maybe they want a movie screen that’s larger than 10 feet high, with stadium seating to match. Sometimes a person simply wants a high ceiling in their workshop because they’re planning an art installation or work with huge pieces of wood.
Accommodate a Bigger Vehicle
Now when we say bigger vehicle, we’re not talking about going out and buying the largest of SUVs. We’re talking about when someone has a barn that had been big enough to hold their old tractor but not the huge combine that they just purchased. Other times people are interested in much taller garages because they have purchased a mobile home, or even work on mobile homes at for a living. A tall garage next to a one-story house would look silly, but raising the entire house and garage at the same time might just be what they need.
We’ll admit, this one doesn’t happen very often (and you certainly won’t get a FEMA grant for it!). But sometimes the prospect of a better view can cause someone to elevate their house. Maybe they want their main floor to see over the neighborhood fence, or perhaps a house was built in that empty lot in front of them and completely obliterated the ocean view. If this happens, moving is one option, but raising the entire house and building a floor underneath might actually be cheaper.
Not every house raising happens because of water, so if you need an extra floor on your house, be sure to contact Turn Key Contractor Solutions. We’d love to make your dream home even dreamier.