Building on a Slope- What to Expect

Land is a funny thing. It can really dictate the location of your home. You can fall in love with natural features, a neighborhood, panoramic views or proximity to something important in your life. Sometimes the quality of the terrain is a tradeoff for the multitude of benefits that the home will ultimately offer to you and your loved ones.

Building on a Slope- What to ExpectDon’t let that deter you. If you’re a first time builder and you’re not sure what to expect, know that you don’t need to compromise based on the quality, or tilt of your dream land. Thanks in part to the decades of experience we have to offer, the AHH team knows how to handle building on a sloping block.

That’s not to say that there aren’t careful considerations to make. After all, we like to arm our customers with the knowledge that they need to make informed decisions about their dream homes. So here are some things to keep in mind, as you begin to brainstorm what your dream home will look like:

There are costs. Engineering will need to be structured differently. A land survey will need to be completed, and the results may suggest that a structural engineer would make a helpful addition to the team. Access will also be a challenge, with extra costs to transport materials on to the land to build. Excavation will increase and the foundation will need to be leveled off in order for the home to be built. Outside of the home you’re looking at some costs as they relate to landscaping. Depending on the look and feel you’re going for, you will want to familiarize yourself with retaining walls, and keep issues like erosion in the back of your mind.

But there are also advantages. And the number one advantage is something that many home buyers will fight over- sweeping, panoramic views. It doesn’t matter if they’re of the ocean, or a thriving metropolis, there is something incredibly invigorating for builders if they can look down on a beautiful view.

There are other advantages as well. When homes are built at higher elevations, they receive a lot more natural ventilation than homes further down. Why is this? They capture all of the breezes surrounding the property! Sometimes designers and architects which specialise in environmentally friendly homes will choose to build homes on sloping blocks out of timber. They do this because timber doesn’t retain heat. If timber homes are built on higher elevations, they circumvent the need for air conditioning altogether!

So it’s an entirely personal choice. And it’s not one that you’ll ever need to make alone. Because when you work with the Australia Heritage Homes team, you’re never on your own. We’re with you every step of the way. We’ll tell you our recommendations, but we’ll let you make your own decisions. We’ll help weigh the pros and the cons, because the only skin we have in the game, is whether our valued customers are happy at the end of the day.