Didn’t you just move?

This is the question that I was asking myself this weekend as I moved everything out from under our house to put in a friends shed while our house is being lifted and then enclosed under. It took us about seven loads in a small trailer and my station wagon to get most of it over.

We still have a lot of questions about the process of having our house lifted and will affect a lot with how we prepare for next week when it will be happening. We are going to be taking down all of our pictures and stuff from the walls, but I don’t know if I need to go as far as removing the books from the bookshelf, if you know what I mean. We are going to try to organize a meeting with the contractor doing the raise and restump and then find out some more details.

I am hoping that while they do the lifting that I will be able to head over there at least two times a day to take photos. It’s going to be a pretty cool process I reckon watching them lift the house, and I don’t want to miss it. I’ll try to post the images up here as well. The first day they will be knocking out all the old walls and removing the old slab from under the house, and then after that they will be starting the actual process of lifting…

Thankfully we have been able to find accomodation while we are out of our house for a week. We will be staying in some of our guest accomodation with where I work, Reef to Outback. All of us will be sleeping in one room with us actually sharing the flat with another couple who are here for a course that we are running, but it sure beats having to stay at a hotel or caravan park.

2 Replies to “Didn’t you just move?”

  1. Matthew


    I bought a QLD’er house about a year ago. It has a concrete slab under the house….. There isn’t one square foot of the slab which is level with any other part of the whole slab. The land is on a slant and the slab is on a slant.

    So anyway I’d like to remove it and possibly start with a new slab and hopefully raise the house as well.

    I can’t seem to find anyone who can tell me how much work is involved in taking out a slab.

    The area underneath is 6 ft at the front and 5 ft at the back. I don’t know how thick the slab is but I don’t think it’s a top job. I don’t think it is that thick. Although I’m no expert.

    Can I ask, was it a big job for you taking out that original slab of your’s?



  2. Bill Hutchison Post author

    We actually didn’t remove the old slab. The old slab under our place was below where the new level of the slab had to be, so they actually just poured the new slab over top of the old one.

    If you were to put a new legal slab under the house after lifting it, the slab would have to be 30-cm above ground level, which is probably higher than your current slab is.

    Gary from Northern House Raising did our house lift and new slab. You could probably give Gary a call and he could let you know how much it would cost to raise and restump your house as well as replacing the old slab.

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