House Re-Stumping In Brisbane & Queensland - Builders Tips

Published: 06th April 2011
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House re-stumping in Queensland

Throughout Brisbane a large number of houses built 30 or more years ago will have floors resting on top of wooden stumps set into the ground, the classic "Queenslander" design being a perfect example.

Depending on what type of tree the stump came from, how it was treated and soil conditions, wooden stumps typically have a life expectancy of between 20 and 80 years, with some continuing well past this.

Badly bowed walls, a "spring" feeling from floors when walking on them cracks in plaster walls, or misaligned doors and windows are all potential signs that your home may be in need of re-stumping.

The unique "Queenslander" design, raised high above the ground to allow wind to pass under and help cool the home, means that Queensland builders have extensive experience at re-stumping.

Though capable of being performed by competent home handymen, the work is hard and dirty, especially on homes that are not high off the ground. In addition, if an insufficient number of jacks are used, damage will be caused to the plaster work and frame of the house.

For these reasons Brisbane builders often seek the guidance of experienced Queensland home re-stumpers, rather than relying on advice from punters are the local bar.

One option that Brisbane home-owners might consider is using a professional Brisbane house raising and re-stumping company to raise the house, and having them leave it resting on temporary supports for the owner and any friends he or she can find to help perform the stump replacement, before the company returns and lowers the house on the replaced stumps.

Though wooden stumps have been traditionally used as supports for Brisbane homes, reinforced cement and galvanized steel house supports are two viable alternatives.

Because house re-stumping is considered structural work, a building permit will be required, with a building certifier able to approve your drafting and engineering plans on behalf of most local authorities. Depending on the scope of work, and other factors, some local councils might also require a development approval.

Generally, the maximum height a house can be lifted to is 8.5 meters (about 27.88ft) above natural ground level, though different local authorities have different regulations. So it pays to check.

Usually Brisbane home owners contemplating a re-stumping project would be well advised to at least seek the advise and recommendations of professional Queensland home renovation companies before embarking on a do-it-yourself home re-stump, due to the dangers and potential damage doing the work improperly entail.

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