An innocent question (Score: 2, Interesting) by email@example.com on 2016-06-09 20:23 (#1GPBW) If you're afraid your house might be flooded out, and you're bound and determined nevertheless to build it in such an unsuitable place for whatever reason, why not just build it on stilts in the first place, rather than go to all the trouble to put in stilts AND a mechanism to allow it to ride up on those stilts?The articulation to allow it to climb and descend the stilts constitutes a vulnerability. What if one or more points binds, and it cocks and jams because it's trying to rise crookedly? Re: An innocent question (Score: 1) by firstname.lastname@example.org on 2016-06-09 23:12 (#1GPV2) One thing that comes to mind is maximum height... The homes in question will be 2-stories plus a basement. If built permanently on 13ft tall piles, that would make it stand taller than a 4-story building.