Imagine a home that sits among the trees like a modern day Swiss Family Robinson. Or a panoramic coastal vista that can be captured from every room in your home.
A sloping block of land offers you the exciting opportunity to create an impressive and unique home. Of course there are some extra costs associated with a sloping block including detailed land surveys and costs to access the block and get materials onsite.
But there are significant gains to be made as well. The initial cost of a sloping block is likely to be substantially less than a level block in the same area. There are also savings to be made in capturing the breeze for natural ventilation and abundant light in reducing your energy bills. In years to come if you choose to sell your home you will also experience greater resale on a one of a kind home.
Leaving costs aside, there is one thing a sloping block can offer that a flat block just can’t compete with. The view. A sloping block generally offers an elevated hillside position that affords a greater outlook of the surrounding area and beyond.
There are two main approaches to designing a house on a sloping block – cutting and filling or creating a raised home.
CUTTING & FILLING
The first method of cutting and filling is a common solution for a sloping block. The site is excavated and the fill used to build up areas to create flat surfaces to build a slab upon. An advantage of this approach is that the home sits on the ground, allowing you to walk out straight from the house to the yard.
A RAISED HOME
The other alternative to the cut and fill approach is to raise the house from ground. Poles are inserted into the ground to support a level frame on which the house is built. This second approach is less disruptive to the environment and allows for a natural water course which avoids potential drainage issues that can arise with the cut and fill method.
The key to the success of this type of project is to embrace the uniqueness of the site and to treat it as an advantage. Rather than treating a sloping block like it is a flat piece of land, your Architect will work with the site and its contours to create a home that rests lightly upon the land.
By turning obstacles into opportunities your Architect can create a home that reveals itself as you travel through it. The different levels provide the chance to create distinct living zones, physically separating the various purposes of the home and limiting the noise from each type of activity.
Architect Dion Seminara has over 20 years experience in creating original designs in both residential and commercial architecture. He can create an innovative design solution that takes full advantage of your sloping block. Why not contact him on 07 3899 9450 to realise the potential of your unique block of land.