Because raised foundations provide a counterweight to the roofline, raised floor homes have a distinctive presence and a sense of elegance that ordinary on-grade designs cannot hope to duplicate. Rather than being weighed down and rooted to the spot, they appear to rise majestically above their surroundings.
Advantages of this additional elevation extend to the living environment. An ordinary view of the streetscape or back yard becomes a vista. Just a few feet off grade and inhabitants are lifted above the mundane, while creating a greater sense of security and well-being.
Georgian The true stature of this Georgian-style residence is revealed only when it is elevated. Just the addition of a few steps transforms the portico into an imposing entryway, adding a note of grandeur that is lacking in the on-grade treatment.
Caribbean This style of architecture is distinguished by its dual-pitched roof and wrap-around porch. Only when the structure is raised, however, does the porch become a true extension of the house. By raising the floor, the architect makes the porch a more self-contained and inviting space for living.
Bungalow In its on-grade incarnation, the house seems nondescript, retreating behind the entry porch. A slight elevation adds drama and restores the equilibrium between the house and the porch by giving the house added presence. It’s a small gesture but a telling one.
West Indies The exposed piers of the raised residence elongate the narrow, porch columns, creating the impression of greater height. They also serve as a counterpart to the dormers that punctuate the roof, giving the structure a light, airy feeling that is completely lacking in the on-grade version.
Ups & Downs of
The American Home
Since Colonial days, the floor of the American home has experienced its “ups and downs.” Today, homebuyers are rediscovering the classic style, comfort and practicality of the wood-framed raised floor systems.