Raised Wood Floor Case Studies
As homebuyers rediscover the classic style, comfort and practicality of raised wood floor houses, there is a growing opportunity for home builders to combine traditional architecture with progressive building techniques to create more durable, attractive and faster-selling homes. Visually, a raised wood floor offers historic charm, and – built with the latest advances in wood products and technology – it is a proven building method for most any location and soil condition, especially for high wind and flood-prone areas.
With the know-how to properly construct a raised wood floor system, well-informed builders can build homes faster and more cost effectively, all while establishing a reputation for quality and craftsmanship that distinguishes them from the competition. The following case studies, featured in Raised Wood Floors: Case Studies in Progressive Home Construction, Form K110, showcase builders and designers and their best practices for building raised wood floor homes.
“A raised wood floor is the savvy way for builders to address design issues such as sloping lots, floodplain concerns, problematic soils and traditional aesthetics,” said Bob Clark, APA Raised Floor Project Manager. “This diverse compilation shows how other builders and designers are experiencing success with raised wood floors.”
- Bay Homes in Mississippi elevates homes on treated wood pile foundations that are faster and less expensive than pouring concrete slabs on compacted fill dirt.
- Collier Construction built a traditional neighborhood development in Mississippi that incorporates new and efficient building products while maintaining the character and historical feel of traditional homes.
- Cooper Homes is a high-end home builder in Atlanta whose raised wood floor homes sell quicker and for more money than houses on concrete slabs.
- Environment Associates, LACON Homes & Eco-Holdings Engineering built the first house in a Houston floodplain zone to feature a closed crawl space, designed to protect building products from moisture.
- Jeffrey Harrington Homes is a custom home builder in Houston that likes the technical advantages offered by raised wood floor systems, such as the ability to easily level or repair a shifting foundation.
- Murray Engineering has built a progressive Florida home that features a conditioned crawlspace for improved moisture management and easy access to electrical and plumbing systems for maintenance and upgrades.
- New Citi Homes constructs entry-level raised wood floor homes in Houston, built on shallow poured one-piece pier footings that are effective in the area’s problematic soils.
- Thermal Shell Homes & Eco-Holdings Engineering specialize in Structural Insulated Panel (SIP) raised floors, which combine structural framing, insulation and an air barrier into an “all-in-one” floor system.
For more information:
- What is a raised wood floor?
- 10 reasons to build raised
- Raised wood floor high-resolution photo gallery
Note that these practices are presented not as APA or Southern Pine Council (SPC) recommendations, but as innovative examples of how contemporary raised wood floor houses are designed and built.