Building on a Sloping Block? Here’s What to Keep in Mind

Building on a Sloping Block? Here’s What to Keep in MindAustralian Heritage Homes has had our fair share of challenges, when building for our clients. It’s what we thrive on- pushing ourselves to be as creative as possible, even when the circumstances don’t sway in our favor. These are the opportunities where we go back to the drawing board, and determine multiple different solutions for any problems that we encounter. It then becomes our mission, to rectify the issue, hopefully with an excellent story at the end of everything. One of the most common challenges that we run into, are sloping blocks.

What is a sloping block? A sloping block is one that gains or loses elevation as you travel down it. Many buyers and builders are averse to building on sloping blocks, but the team at Australian Heritage Homes knows that there are advantages to doing so. After all, when you’re building on a sloping block, chances are that you’re gaining a bit of a vista or panoramic view. You’ll find that those who are averse on the business side, are much more likely to be volume builders, versus custom builders. A volume builder can build a great many houses, but he or she is probably operating from a group of pre-set blueprints. That is to say, there are only so many customizations that you can make. A custom builder, like ours truly, is set up for success to help bring your design vision to life. There are pre-set blueprints, and there aren’t as many rules and confines. A custom builder does just stand, build custom homes.

One of the biggest misconceptions that our customers have, is that building on a slope will always be more expensive. It’s time to bust that myth. It can be more expensive to build on a slope, but that is not always the norm. Look at one of the most popular styles of homes in the area- the split level, single-storey home. These homes take sloping blocks in stride, with a master bedroom and kitchen on a lower level, and additional rooms like a dining room, bathrooms and other bedrooms at a higher altitude.

You can also cut costs, taking into account the land that you will actually be building on. A block could be hundreds of meters long, and yet- you may only be building on a fraction of this. Then, you don’t need to take the difference between the highest and lowest elevations. Rather, you truly need to measure the outlying perimeters of your future home.

That being said, there are factors that you’ll need to take into account, if you plan on building on a slope. We’ll do a deeper dive of these in a future post, but they include: landscaping, excavation, foundation work and design. Each will require a bit more creativity and some flexibility, but can prove totally worth it for the right customers.

Questions? Comments? Give the AHH team a shout. We’d love to hear from you.