2019 Cost of Raising a House & Building Underneath in Brisbane

Whether you want to add a story underneath your house or want to evade flood damage, raising your house or building underneath is not a cheap undertaking. Certainly, there are various factors that increase or decrease the expenses of raising your house or building underneath. In this review, we look at the average cost of raising a house and building underneath in Brisbane.

House Raising Cost in Brisbane

To raise your house in Brisbane, it is likely to cost you anything between 44,250 AUD to 147,500 AUD

However, the cost is widely determined by a wide myriad of factors such as the size of the house and the status of its foundation. There is no specific cost for labour when it comes to raising your house. 

While some construction contractors may charge you 7, 350 AUD others may charge you as high as 14,700 AUD. Nonetheless, the professional you hire will play an important role in the total cost of raising a house in Australia.

How Much Does it Cost to Raise a Queenslander?

Raising a Queenslander and closing the space to build a story underneath is one of the most common projects that are undertaken in Australia. Most individuals do this with the aim of creating more space at the ground level for living or other purposes. Moreover, it increases the value of your property while making the house design more attractive. But how much will it cost to raise a Queenslander in Australia?


Engaging a professional contractor will help you breakdown the cost and the requirements without incurring more by buying more materials than required or buying fewer materials. Getting the prerequisites such as getting the services of a designer, architectural drawing, consultancy services, approvals and obtaining construction permit is estimated to take about 5% of the entire building cost.

Structural work, plumbing and electrical services will take approximately 35% of the total cost while the demolition, slab, raise and rest ump and earthworks will consume 28% of the cost. Finishing, which entails the interior and exterior design will take about 32% of the total cost of raising your Queenslander. 

However, you must ensure that the construction is within your budget. As such, you must manage the building cost early enough so as to avoid delayed construction and unwanted expenses.

Cost Breakdown

It is vital to be as practical as possible when it comes to the cost to raise a house in Brisbane Australia. Professional contractors estimate the house raising the cost in Brisbane to be under 442, 200 AUD. However, knowing the breakdown of this total cost is better. 

In Brisbane, demolition and slab cost 11% of the total cost. The kitchen, bathroom, floor covering and painting will take 33% of the budget. The raising and wall framing, which includes internal and external sheeting, doors, and windows take up 35% of the total cost.

Finally, it is important to note that design, approval and structural will take 4% of the total cost of house raising in Brisbane. This small percentage in design, approval and structural shouldn’t be taken for granted because it plays a major role and even the tiny errors in it can lead to a significant increase in the building cost.

Raising A House Cost Factors

There are several factors that go into raising or lowering the house lifting cost. Here are some of them:

  • Size of House

In most cases, the larger a house is, the more it weighs and the more complex the raising process becomes. Fortunately, there are house raising companies that will give a rough estimate based on the square footage of your house.

  • Number of Floors

The more stories there are in your house means more weight to raise. More weight needs more advanced and heavier machinery to raise it. Therefore, a two or three-story house will cost you more to lift than a one-story house.

  • Status of the House

The status of your home will also contribute to the cost you will incur in raising it. If, for instance, the house has just flooded, there will be significant damage to the ground floor, within the house foundation or the wall. Lifting the damaged house will certainly complicate the sturdiness of the house. The contractors must exercise extra caution when lifting it so as not to cause further damage to the home. In fact, the house will require repairs before lifting it. All these aspects will work to increase the house lifting costs.

  • Time

The time taken to remodel the house will also affect the total cost. If you intend to raise your house in a short time, it is likely to cost you more. This is because most contractors will tend to charge more in case of an emergency.

  • Permits

Most home projects require permits to raise your house. Unfortunately, permits come at a cost that can go up to 7, 300 AUD. Therefore, it is important to get the right contractor to take you through the paperwork and procedure in obtaining permits in Brisbane.

  • Labour

Be sure to budget for the labour costs if you want to get the correct cost of lifting your house.

  • Liability

Every contractor will require liability insurance and this will certainly increase the cost of lifting your house. Keep in mind that liability increases in proportion to the weight of the home. This is to say that you must make sure your contractor has at least a liability of 295,000 AUD no matter how big or small the house is.

  • Landscaping

If you want your compound redone after raising your house, then consider getting the services of a landscaper. To do this, you will need to factor the costs in your budget in order to get it done professionally.

  • Miscellaneous

Raising your house will come with some few hidden costs. For instance, you will need to disconnect power, plumbing and phone services to your home during the raising of the house. All these disconnections will be done at a cost.

Final Words

Whether you want to add a basement or want to avoid a flood, lifting a house in Brisbane will require you to cover a huge amount of the house raising cost. This article ensures you know everything you need to put together a budget if you wish to raise a house in Brisbane.

Tip from Rokco Builds: Always get at least three quotes before making a decision on any renovation project. You may even get more quotes than three if you’d like. If you want to request an estimate or simply want to ask some questions, dial (07) 3890 5889 or contact us through this form.


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