Two story house renovation raise and build with added carport
Two story Hampton style house with glass panel doors and patio area

Stark builders: experts in house raising and building underneath

house raising brisbane

House raising in Brisbane is becoming increasingly popular for mitigating flood risks, expanding homes, and boosting property value.

With over 30 years of experience, Stark Builders specialises in house raising, whether you need a simple raise or a house raise and build-under. We offer tailored solutions to meet your specific build needs.

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Expertise & Experience

Stark Builders has 30 years of experience in the construction industry, with a specialised focus on house raising. Our team comprises of experts who understand the unique challenges posed by Australia’s climate and geography.

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Regulatory Knowledge

Navigating the complex regulations and environmental requirements in Australia can be daunting. Stark Builders is well-versed in local building codes and regulations, ensuring a smooth and compliant project.

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Sustainable Practices

In an era where sustainability is crucial, Stark Builders incorporates environmentally friendly practices into projects, promoting a greener and more resilient future. 

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Quality Assurance

Stark Builders is committed to delivering excellence in every project. Their dedication to quality craftsmanship ensures that your raised house is not just functional but also work of art. 

Our Projects.

Take a sneak peak at some of our projects we have completed around Brisbane.

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Projects.

Carport and two story house with Hamptons style front fence
Holland Park.

A house transformation of a house raise and build underneath: a newly built lower level and carport that matches the elegance of the existing house features.

Graceville Project - Resilient Homes Fund
Graceville.

Simple and beautiful building design of a house raise applied to create a functional and stylish renovated house.

two-story Hampton-style residence featuring glass panel doors and a patio area
Sherwood.

An elegant house raise that enhanced the existing structure of the house and added more entertaining and living areas .

5 Simple Steps

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Our packages offer incredible value and come with the added benefit of having advice and consultation from our professional build team. 

STEP 1
Enquire
Connecting with Stark Builders is easy! Submit an enquiry via our online portal or contact us by phone to discuss your house raising requirements.
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Consult
The following stage involves a complimentary on-site meeting and consultation with our senior builder. We'll determine the optimal approach to your renovation and house raise. Following the consult we can give you a rough price indication of your desired build.
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Design
Design is the next phase in the house raising process. Whether you bring your own designs or opt to choose from one of our design packages, we'll assist in creating the plans for your house raise.
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Preliminaries
The final planning stage is getting your drawings approved. Stark can take care of all relevant plans and documentation required for your build to commence. On Completion of preliminaries we can provide you with a fixed price quote.
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Renovate
Once your build has been approved we will confirm a suitable time to start the renovation on your house!
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RHF Scheme / House raising & building underneath 

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House and deck extension in progress

The Resilient Homes Fund  is the largest household resilience initiative, aimed at aiding Queensland homeowners who meet the specified suitability criteria to raise their houses to or above the minimum habitable floor levels. 

In a recent update the Resilient Home Fund have announced that the 1st of December 2025 is now the final day that Qld homeowners can submit their application. With the completion date of all House Raises projects to be finished by 30th of June 2026.

It is essential to use a builder with understanding of the Resilient Home Fund  Processes. At Stark Builders we have undergone several Resilient House Raise Projects. We understand the administrative requirements involved and how to liaise with certifiers and government assessors.

When raising your home you have the option to expand the existing structure by incorporating  house extensionsdecks and additional external stairs.

 

Raising your house offers numerous advantages beyond the expansion of the house. It present an opportunity to enhance the property by addressing areas requiring maintenance, ultimately boosting its value. Raising a home also offers an excellent opportunity to renovate and enhance the layout of your home.

There are also several options to utilise the new  space underneath your raised home if it has been flood effected. Additional space can be used to create a garage for your vehicles and storage. Adding a garage to your raised home  will not only increase the property value but also protect your vehicles from environmental exposure.

If you’re raising your home for more space, once raised, the area beneath presents an opportunity to construct an entirely new ground floor level, effectively doubling the living space. This cost-effective approach offers a significant expansion of your home’s footprint, providing ample room for additional bedrooms, living areas, or recreational spaces. Opting to do a house raise and build underneath allows you to enjoy the benefits of a larger home without the hefty price tag associated with purchasing a new property.

Builders working on a house raise with deck extension
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Elevating Homes: Materials and Methods in House Raising

House raising is a construction process that involves lifting an existing house off its foundation to a higher level. This method is used for various reasons, including flood mitigation, improving structural integrity, and increasing property value. The materials involved in house raising are crucial to ensure safety, stability, and longevity of the elevated structure. In this article, we’ll explore the primary materials used in house raising and their importance in the construction process.

1. Steel Beams and Support Structures

Steel is a fundamental material in house raising projects due to its strength, durability, and load-bearing capacity. Steel beams and support structures are essential components used to lift and hold the house in its elevated position. These beams are carefully engineered to distribute the weight of the house evenly, ensuring stability during the lifting process and while the house is in its elevated state. 

2. Hydraulic Jacks

Hydraulic jacks are indispensable tools in the house raising process. They provide the mechanical force necessary to lift the house off its foundation. These jacks are designed to handle heavy loads and provide precise control over the lifting process. Hydraulic systems allow for gradual and controlled elevation, minimising the risk of damage to the structure. 

3. Concrete Piers and Footings

Concrete piers and footings are critical components of the foundation that supports the raised house. These elements are poured or constructed in place to provide a stable base for the steel beams and house itself. The concrete used in these structures must meet stringent quality standards to ensure strength and durability.

4. Shims and Leveling Materials

During the house raising process, it’s essential to achieve precise leveling to prevent structural issues and ensure the house is stable. Shims and leveling materials, often made of steel or composite materials, are inserted between the steel beams and the foundation to fine-tune the elevation and alignment of the house.

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5. Reinforcement Materials

In some cases, the existing house structure may require reinforcement to ensure its integrity after the house raising process. Reinforcement materials may include additional steel supports, braces, or concrete reinforcements. These materials are strategically placed to enhance the strength and stability of the house. 

6. Building Materials for the Elevated Space

Once the house is successfully raised, homeowners often choose to utilize the space beneath it for various purposes. This may involve constructing additional walls, flooring, and ceilings. The choice of building materials for this space depends on its intended use. Common materials include:

  • Timber or Composite Decking: For outdoor entertaining areas and patios. 
  • Concrete Flooring: Ideal for garages, storage spaces, or workshops.
  • Insulation: To maintain comfortable temperatures in the elevated space.
  • Drywall or Paneling: For interior walls and ceilings in the finished areas.
  • Windows and Doors: To provide access and natural light to the space. 
7. Plumbing and Electrical Materials:

If the space beneath the raised house is intended for habitation, plumbing and electrical materials are essential for creating functional living spaces. This includes running water supply and drainage lines, electrical wiring, fixtures, and outlets. These materials are typically integrated into design to ensure that the space is fully equipped for its intended use. 

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8. Exterior Cladding and Finishes

The exterior of the raised house may require cladding and finishes to protect it from the elements and enhance its aesthetic appeal. Common exterior materials include:

  • Siding: Such as vinyl, wood, or fiber cement, to protect and beautify the outer walls.
  • Roofing Materials: To provide a durable and weather-resistant roof.
  • Paint or Stain: To add color and protect exterior surfaces.
  • Railing and Balustrades: For safety and aesthetics in elevated outdoor spaces. 
9. Insulation and Weatherproofing Materials

Insulation is crucial to maintain comfortable temperatures in the raised house and protect it from moisture and weather extremes. Proper insulation materials in house raising are used in walls, floors, and ceilings to ensure energy efficiency and a comfortable living environment. Weatherproofing materials, such as waterproof membranes and sealants, are also applied to keep the space below the house dry and free from leaks.

10. Safety Equipment and Accessories

Safety is paramount in house raising projects. Various safety materials and accessories are used to protect workers and the structure during the lifting process. These may include safety harnesses, hard hats, barricades, warning signs, and other safety equipment to ensure a secure working environment during the house raising process.

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