Unless you live on the beach or are planning to build a beachfront home, you might never have considered the benefits of stilt houses. But sandy shores aren’t the only areas where houses on pilings can really rise above; and custom home plans for houses on pilings have gained a greater niche in the market as part of modern home design that will help build equity for houses in areas where the elevations are uneven and the potential for ground erosion runs high.
Of course, we’re all familiar with the idea of elevated beach house plans. Homes in coastal areas right on the beach must be constructed to meet strict building codes for environments at risk for the rising tides, and stilted structures ensure the integrity of the home in the event of natural disaster. But raised house plans have a functional design for areas inland, as well. Much like modern beach house plans, the main idea behind these high-level homes is often to keep the homes secure and sure-footed in environments that are vulnerable to the elements; for instance, hilly areas are often at risk for mudslides, and low-lying areas can be prone to flooding during rainy seasons.
If you’re working with a custom home builder as you design the plans for your house, discuss the idea of raising things a bit. Even if you’re not at risk for foundational damage from flooding or mudding, stilt houses can be a great option for taking the beauty and function of your home to the next level.
Pilings can be an ideal solution for allowing ventilation under the foundation of a home and provide protection against damaging pests like termites. Their raised structuring can also be of great use in sustainable homes, which can utilize different elevations to naturally heat and cool the home and maximize energy efficiency. Building houses on stilts can be a great way to capitalize on beautiful views, as well; they can give your home a bird’s eye perspective high above everything else so that your sightline is unobstructed and the horizon stretches out almost endlessly before you.
For something a bit more unusual, piling homes can really be a great idea for living not only on the water, but also over the water. By planning your home to be supported by stilts, you can extend it out into bodies of water like lakes or rivers and give your home a unique design that feels truly in touch with nature.
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