I'm no master in terms of home design, but there are several nice designs that have been around a while that seem to be pretty good. If they didn't or weren't sound, i then don't think they'd be used that much nowadays. One sort of home design which has been going strong for some hundred years is the pier and beam design. - Austin foundation repair
It appears like the name is just too straightforward and that it would have been a lot more complicated of your design than the name suggest, but I can assure you, that's not the case. The whole thing is really made of piers and beams. A pier is dug beneath the ground to rest on stone and then piers are placed on top of that to make up the home by connecting to other piers. Pretty simple in terms of laying a home out, in my opinion.
This was a very popular home design before 1960's. It is still used today, but other types have grown in popularity through the years. However, the 1800's charm of the "floating house" still appeals to many people, hence its still prevalent usage today. I have found the design kind of charming, myself. - Austin foundation repair