Building on a Sloping Block

Posted: 2016-05-19

Building a new home on a sloping block in Ballarat or surrounds? Looking for an experienced Ballarat Builder who can work with you to design a custom home to suit your property? D.R. Gordon building has the knowledge and expertise to help you achieve a beautiful custom home that takes full advantage of your sloping block. D.R. Gordon Building recently completed construction of a split level home on a sloping block in the ever popular Sailors Gully Estate at Mount Clear. This project has highlighted to us how a beautiful home can come together when you work within the constraints of the property, playing to its strengths rather than working against them. 

There is no way to sugar-coat it; building on a slope is, more often than not, more expensive than a build on a flat parcel of land.  Despite this, sometimes a sloping block can be less expensive to purchase than a flat block of equal size, and allow more scope for an architecturally interesting design, and can even have the added bonus of elevated views.

Builder David Gordon offers these crucial points to consider if you have or are considering purchasing a sloping block for your new home:

Choosing a Builder who has the necessary experience in building on sloping sites is critical. Don’t be afraid to ask any builder you are in discussions with to see other sloping designs they have completed or have underway, and if possible, to speak directly with the owners of these homes and get their feedback on the process and their finished product. While a larger builder may be able to offer a more competitive build price, that price may only include the cheaper option of a ‘cut & fill’ and you can potentially end up with a block that has a big hole and a house half buried in it.   

A home on a sloping block can be approached in many ways, depending on the severity of slope, so the quality of the design is also vitally important when considering a home for the site. A home that is designed to accommodate the direction of the slope (whether it rises or falls from the road or falls to the left or right side) should be the main consideration and the house should be designed to accommodate that slope. The home can be built on either a timber sub floor, a split level concrete slab, constructed with a lower second storey (often a garage or rumpus room) underneath with the rest of the home on top or a combination either. A good Builder will be able to advise you on how to make the best use of the property and recommend a suitably qualified Draftsman or Architect to tailor a home to the allotment.  

While this factor can sometimes be overlooked in the early stages, it’s important to remember that you are building a home, not just a house and you need to live on the property. You should consider any requirements for the land, including landscaping, access for cars or gardening equipment, outdoor living areas and children’s play areas etc. Ensuring that you can access the property with as much ease as possible will ensure that you can enjoy the home as a whole and incorporate the outside space. 

With careful planning and in consultation with a Builder like D.R. Gordon Building, who has the experience with these often challenging properties, you can end up with a beautiful home that is not only visually interesting, but just as stylish, practical and liveable as any home built on a flat property – maybe even more so.

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