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    House lifting.

    Looks like we've bought a wooden house and a bit of land. House is ok, all wood but I want to lift it, as in raise it up about 10 feet and build a kitchen dining area on the ground floor.

    Anyone know anything about such a project, costs etc?

    All advice gratefully received.

    maybe some photos to follow.

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    Some photos














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    Congrats....looked nice.

    As for lifting....you know those blow up by the exhaust car flat tyre changing thingy's.....several of them may work.

    Or a big helicopter.....

    Whichever way, make sure you are on site or for sure it will topple over.

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    Looking forward to a great thread.

    Lifting is gonna be interesting.

    Edit:

    If you can enlarge those photos I will send you a green.

    (Might do it anyway)
    Last edited by Takeovers; 23-10-2009 at 01:21 PM.

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    LOL, thanks.

    Apparently it's not that difficult. Well, according to a local fella. There are a few houses in the village that have been done, allegedly.

    Having no building experience at all I'm intrigued as to how they'd do it. Details are a bit difficult to come by.

    Would they dismantle it, then lay a slab and erect columns then rebuild? That'd seem the safest way.

    WTF do I know.

    It'll be interesting, anyway.

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    DD , where's the link to the TD thread on this ?

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    Doubt they would have any great technical machinery in the village.....maybe they just cut a stump at a time, lift it a coupla inches with a heavy duty jack, then place supports under it as they go...each stump at a time.

    Then at the right height, they build the concrete columns, let em set for a day or a bit, then lower it on.....sloooooowly and secure.

    You could end up with a new tourist attraction....Ettamogah Pub Los
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    DD , where's the link to the TD thread on this ?
    Is there one? Excellent, I looked but couldn't find it.

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    ^^ That sounds fokin scary.

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    Nawty is on the money if I recall correctly , there's a thread complete with pics on here somewhere .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mid
    Nawty is on the money if I recall correctly , there's a thread complete with pics on here somewhere .
    I'll have another look.

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    Allow me to help:









    I've been involved in projects where a few victorian homes were up rooted, moved and set on new foundations a few miles away. The concept is the same, jack the house up lay the new foundation (new floor in this case) then erset the house. Not sure if there are many contractors capable of this in Thailand. There may be.

    We even moved whole restaurants using barges. from Berkeley to the delta. So raising a house ten feet is not impossible. You'll have to jack, crib up jack untlthe height is reached, then you need to support the structure so that the foundation can be laid beneath and set her down. We shot large, long steel beams through the houses build up areas within the house to support from inside and below. Under was considered but found to be inadequate. I think you may be able to come from beneath on a small lightweight house such as this. the project may involve cutting the house in to pieces setting one piece at a time up that might involve picking it up, moving it and resetting it. Here. with labor beign so cheap and tehse style homes being of simple construction, you might even consider disassembling the thing building the foundation/lower floor and reassembling it. This is done with wooden homes al the time and finding skilled, experienced artisans an easier this. Probably the best way to go. definitely doable.
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    Thanks Frankie. I seem to have lost the ability to post photos properly.

    I must say, dismantling and rebuilding would seem the best bet. Especially as it would make alterations, like a bloody big deck off the first floor, a fair bit easier.

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    ^Think so too. As I was writting the description of house moving I remembered a few dismantle and move projects that have gone well (enough) here. the simplicity of contraction amke this the best option. Looking at eh house it appears to be just set on pier blocks anyway so no real foundation to tear out. The business of buying, dismantling, moving and selling houses here is a common thing. just because you ain't moving it no need to complicate things.

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    Makes sense to me. Thanks again.

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    I once saw a house being lifted Just out side Khon Kaen.
    It looked as if they did it by digging under the foundations , placing steel barrels in the excavation and then pumping concrete into or around the barrels simultaneously to raise the house.
    I could'nt get close enough for a proper look but it was along those lines.

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    Out plot and house is the bushes to the right of the pic. Nice view hence big deck on the lounge room level ( 1st. floor for poms).



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    Nice view to wake up to, good luck with it JJ

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    Front of house from the road. About 1.25 Rai of land. If we do dismantle we might move the house further back from the road.



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    Quote Originally Posted by jandajoy
    move the house further back from the road
    Good idea
    Also allows you to complete the new foundations before you start on the house

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    Just make sure you explain it to the builder so that he understands


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    Quote Originally Posted by Shitdigit
    Nice view to wake up to, good luck with it JJ
    Cheers Mate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thetyim
    Just make sure you explain it to the builder so that he understands
    Will do.

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    When it's raised the ground floor would be a large open kitchen / dining area with glass sliding doors opening onto the garden.



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