25 Houses Built on Stilts, Pilings and Piers (Photo Examples from Around the World)

Incredible collection of houses built on stilts, pilings and piers. Every one is a waterfront (or over the water) home except for one ski chalet built on pilings to elevate above the snow-pack. These are really cool and a great way to get waterfront property.
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My wife and I used to live in Crescent Beach, British Columbia which is an ocean-side village neighourhood.  While it’s a gorgeous community, it’s vulnerable to flooding especially if there’s the slightest storm surge.  New houses built there are being built up on stilts or have the garage low.  Regardless, the main living spaces need to be elevated due to flood risk.

Many houses throughout the world near or on water are built on stilts, pilings and/or piers.  They can be found throughout Asia, in Europe and in the USA such as Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, New Jersey, California, Oregon and Washington State.

Some are built on stilts that are always surrounded by water while others are on the beach and are built on stilts in order to avoid flooding in high tide or storms.  And then some are built on piers.

Below we showcase 25 cool and very different houses from around the world built on stilts.

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Photos

Row of large beach houses built on the sand upon stilts - elevated to protect against tide and storms.

Row of large beach houses built on the sand upon stilts – elevated to protect against tide and storms.

Gorgeous white house built on the sand upon a series of support legs on the beach.

Gorgeous white house built on the sand upon a series of support legs on the white sandy beach.

Long row of colorful homes in Norway built on pilings on the water.

Long row of colorful homes in Norway built on pilings on the water.

Two-story shingle siding beach house built up on support stilts.

Two-story shingle siding beach house built up on support stilts.

A stilt palace in Thailand.

A stilt palace in Thailand.

Houses on Malibu beach built on pilings with waves crashing underneath the homes.

Houses on Malibu beach built on pilings with waves crashing underneath the homes.

Two luxurious waterfront homes built on pilings over the water in the USA.

Two luxurious waterfront homes built on pilings over the water in the USA.

Large two story custom home with hipped roof built on pilings that then supports large platform and the home. Very cool house.

Large two story custom home with hipped roof built on pilings that then supports large platform and the home. Very cool house with huge deck that has steps into the water, hammock and bench.  This is one awesome vacation home.

Narrow newly constructed yellow beach house on stilts in Florida, USA.

Narrow newly constructed yellow beach house on stilts in Florida, USA.

Home built up approximately 8 feet above the ground. Deck surrounds the small one-story house.

Home built up approximately 8 feet above the ground. Deck surrounds the small one-story house.

Ski chalet built on stilts rising above the heavy snow-pack.

Ski chalet built on stilts rising above the heavy snow-pack.  This is our one non-waterfront home built on stilts.

3 homes built on a long pier in harbor. Homes made entirely of wood. Fishing boats surround the homes.

3 homes built on a long pier in harbor. Homes made entirely of wood. Fishing boats surround the homes.

Huge condo complex built entirely on long pier over the water on the west coast of the United States.

Huge condo complex built entirely on long pier over the water on the west coast of the United States.

Pedestal home built high above the ground almost like a tree house on the beach surrounded by palm trees.

Pedestal home built high above the ground almost like a tree house on the beach surrounded by palm trees.

Lone beach house built close to crashing waves on the eastern seaboard in the United States.

Lone beach house built close to crashing waves on the eastern seaboard in the United States.

Large house in Asia built entirely on stilts and large platform with a large deck. Ladder drops down from deck to access boats.

Large house in Asia built entirely on stilts and large platform with a large deck. Ladder drops down from deck to access boats.

Luxurious home built on long, low-lying pier extending from the beach with white sand over amazing blue water.

Luxurious home built on long, low-lying pier extending from the beach with white sand over amazing blue water.

Large home built on a pier over the water on the west coast of the United States.

Large home built on a pier over the water on the west coast of the United States.

entire neigborhood of homes built on stilts over the water in tropical area.

Entire neigborhood of homes built on stilts over the water in tropical area.

Look how high up that house is built over the water. Looks precarious. It's a nice home too (two stories).

Look how high up that house is built over the water. Looks precarious.

House built on stilts and platform in the middle of the water. True waterfront property.

House built on stilts and platform in the middle of the water. True waterfront property.

Fishing village red house in Norway built on stilts over the water.

Fishing village red house in Norway built on stilts over the water.

2 story house built on the beach on short stilts.

2 story house built on the beach on short stilts.

Small huts built on stilts on the beach. Lalomanu Beach, Upolu Island, Samoa

Small huts built on stilts on the beach. Lalomanu Beach, Upolu Island, Samoa

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