While most people are comfortably familiar with the conventional Australian style of home based on a concrete slab and load-bearing walls, this is isn’t the only way to build a house.
In fact, there are many advantages to be gained from branching out into considering different construction techniques. A pole home is one of these, and it has various economic and environmental advantages.
First, the basics… What is a Pole Home?
As you might guess, a pole home is one where the structure is supported by poles. Typically used for sloping blocks, poles are fixed at the required heights to create a level floor, which created the support and framework to then build the remainder of the house.
Building a traditional style home on a sloping block can be expensive, whereas a pole home can be build with much less ground preparation.
Given that many pole homes are wood-based, this means that local and other environmentally-friendly materials can be used. The land will also suffer less of an impact giving you the potential to maintain for of the existing flora. In terms of energy conservation, a pole home can be easily designed to maximise the heating and cooling potential of any site.
Convenience & Flexibility
With very little site preparation, a pole home is quicker to build allowing you to move in sooner rather than later. Depending on the site, the design can be adapted to accommodate the existing levels and stepping down with the slope which creates unique character in your home. A pole home is a truly flexible living space with the option of utilising the space underneath for storage or even to park your car.
As pole homes are normally elevated, you will be able to enjoy more of a view than one that is built on the ground. So long as you have an experienced builder who is able to maximise the effectiveness of the block and design.
While pole homes aren’t so well known in Perth they are very popular in other states and countries. As they are starting to gain more and more popularity in Perth, the real estate market is positively responding to these unique ‘property products’. Your wallet, piece of mind and your local environment can benefit from this method of construction, meanwhile creating stunning homes.