Lift Up An Old House

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Hi All,

When I was walking on a street I found a bit surprised construction that the existing single storey house had been brought upstairs and build a new structure underneath to build a new two storey home.



Lift Up The Old House

the existing building foundation was removed and temporary supports had been set up to keep the old building at the upper level.

Now the new concrete foundation was built and new timber framing was being built at the lower level.

I heard of that a new staircase was going to be built around the old house entrance to connect the new and old parts.

I think this is a good way to save a material and demolition cost for the old house to build a new double storey home.

However, if you were in a similar situation, we would rather recommend that you demolish your old house and build a new home from scratch.

Considering the cost for renovation of the whole existing building, the durability of its old materials, easiness of build work and the new property value, the cost performance would be better for the complete new home than making the old house a new home.

However, it really depends of your situation so if you encounter a similar situation please let us know.


Thank you for reading.

















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Amazon OkuchiArchitectural Designer
Qualification: Degree of Architecture Studies and Graduate Diploma of Psychology (University Of Auckland) ; 2nd Grade Cad Technician (Japan)
Family: Extremely lovely wife, wonderfully kind mother in low, awesomely hardworking chickens, surprisingly lazy cat and unbelievably naughty dog.

I love architecture and design so much that I have been to so many buildings and places around the world such as Sydney Opera House in Sydney, CCTV building in Beijing, Empire State Building in New York, Royal Palace in Bangkok, Houryu-Ji in Nara, etc. However, the residential building attracts me the most. For nearly 10 years I have visited heaps of local and historical homes around New Zealand which I feel the builders’ great workmanship as well as occupants’ life.

From this experience my aim is to design and provide the comfortable and affordable houses with the spirit of Japanese workmanship that people enjoy and improve their quality of life.

In this blog I write my everyday experience of work to show what is a designer’s work and how it goes at Japan Homes.

Any comments or questions are very welcome.
Please let me know!