Building on stumps is an excellent option when you have a very steep block to work with. But here some other points that you may need to consider before buying that steep block:
- Occupational health and safety require that any building being worked on over the height of 2.4m requires scaffolding for the safety of workers. This increases the cost of the job as you have to hire the scaffolding and allow extra time to install the scaffolding which you won’t need on a single level slab home.
- Internal and external steps are another structural element that has to be included in a stump home, that wouldn’t be needed on a slab home. These steps not only create an extra cost but can also encroach on living space and may require an extension to the floor area, thus extra cost.
- Handrails and balustrading also add to the cost where you would otherwise not need them on an alfresco/veranda area in a slab home.
- A stump home clearly requires a series of steel stumps concreted into the ground and a complete subfloor built via beams, joists and yellow tongue boards. All adding to the overall cost.