SLOPING SITES – A few things you should know – [ Part 2 ] photo

SLOPING SITES – A few things you should know – [ Part 2 ]

The ideal design of your new custom designed home will be dictated by the slope.

For instance, if the block slopes up from the road, more often than not the best solution will be to have the garage underneath the home, and have living areas open out at ground level in the back. 
Conversely, if the block slopes down from the road, it might be more appropriate to build a split level house that follows the slope down, and position a rumpus room or utility room in the back.
With a sloping block, soil depths are relatively shallow, so you are very likely to strike rock. To avoid any unnecessary excavation — and expense — work with the block, not against it.   This is where the use of the Spantec flooring system is crucial for a good solid foundation, with  the whole system engineered  before it reaches the site. The working drawings come detailed and easy to follow so we as the builder can ensure your home is built quickly, efficiently and well.

Often when people think about building on a sloping block, they think about a home out of the ground on a timber sub-floor. This is a more expensive option, as you have to pay for brickwork and timber for this elevated option. These days, with the Spantec flooring systems it’s much easier and much more economical. 
As you work with our designers to create a custom plan for your home, we take into consideration your whole block. As your builder we help by  highlighting to you the  block’s potential.

It’s important to consider how you will use the outdoor spaces; from where to put the clothesline and entertaining areas, to access for a caravan, trailer or even the wheelbarrow!  A home doesn’t stop at the walls, it’s actually the boundary of your block of land. Tie it all together, and make moving around on it as convenient as possible.

Finally, we would encourage you to buy that sloping block when you have considered what you are going to build there. Don’t buy the block of land just because it’s cheaper, buy it for the views or the opportunity to build a creative, interesting home. 

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