Ideas for house in flood area
Hi, I have a house in a flood zone. It's a 1940s art deco house that got raised up 1.5 storeys after the '54 flood. It had a 90s byron boho/mediterranean update and now has lots of random colours including hot pink and purple! We can see a lot of potential and plan to give the house a lot of love and see it looking more art deco streamline and elegant. There are lovely tropical gardens coming along, it looks over horse paddocks and its a short walk to the village in the northern rivers. Future plans include banishing the pumpkin orange on the stucco and removing asbestos cladding and replacing with matte white colorbond. We will restump too and create a huge deck under the house with a jungalow vibe. Because we do regularly get floods that come up, last big one in 2017, we can put much under the house. There are no upstairs verandahs as they were closed in for a newer 90s bathroom, upstairs toilet (circa 1960s) and sleepout. Currently the laundry is down there and we have 2 problems.
- where to squeeze a laundry upstairs? is it weird to put it in the bathroom?
- where can we store our tools? (btw we don't have many) there is no option to have a shed as it would go under water.
we plan to have a big entertaining deck with a light cane setting we can lift up in a flood, and the car under there (again moved out in flood). But there is still heaps of room under there. I have 3 kids who homeschool.
- what else could we use downstairs for?
Does anyone else have any interesting ideas? We would rather not extend the footprint of the house too much.