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What are the Advantages of Building a House on Stumps?

Stump Builds

1. It works well on slopes

Placement without excavation, which can offer considerable cost savings on sloping sites. 

Elevating the house for a better view, or creating under-house storage, rainwater tanks and so on.

More forgiving to minor movement or settlement of a house over time, whereas a slab will exhibit cracking which can let in moisture, pests or look unsightly in the case of polished concrete floors. 

Old timber stumps can be replaced, relatively cheaply and permanently for renovation.

Stumps, bearers and joists are more environmentally sustainable than concrete, even though concrete suppliers are working hard with innovations such as fly ash to reduce cement content and produce lower emissions cement.

2. It makes home renovations easier

Fortunately, in a house with a stump footing design, the cables, wiring, and pipes are normally under the flooring. This makes it easier for a technician to examine and solve many problems while you carry on with your daily routine. And because your water pipes are more accessible, any issue with those could be repaired at a cheaper rate.

3. Concrete Stumps last forever

To address durability, and strength issues, concrete stumps on concrete pads are now used instead of redgum stumps. Apart from offering more support, concrete stumps can also withstand the soil moisture changes that once caused rot and settlement to the old timber stumps.

4. Greater Heat Dissipation, Shading & Ventilation

In warm and tropical climates (where the thermal mass of a slab is not desirable), the timber subfloor provides more opportunities for heat dissipation, shading and ventilation.


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