Planning on building on a sloping block?


Planning on building on a sloping block?

Planning on building on a sloping block?
Sloping blocks are attractive to buyers as they usually offer elevated view opportunities, interesting home design options and more often than not, a lower purchase cost than regular blocks. However, building on a sloping block presents some challenges and careful consideration is required when selecting the design of your house. 
Establish the degree and direction of the slope
The main and obvious challenges in building on a sloping block are the degree and direction of the slope. Sloping blocks can fall toward the street, away from the street, from side to side or have a combination of cross-falls, which is not uncommon, causing difficulties with drainage, soil retention, access to the site and ventilation, among others.
Knowing the nature of the slope will assist with assessing the level of difficulties in the building process and the potential additional costs involved related to foundation and excavation work. The steeper the slope, the higher the complexity and cost related to building. It is therefore recommended to involve a builder prior to the land purchase to oversee these challenges and ensure a successful building experience.
Choose a house that suits the land
Sloping blocks require a bit more planning and management, so work closely with your builder to select a design that works with the natural fall of the land and takes advantage of your block’s characteristics to maximise space, increase energy efficiency and comply with council regulations.
Although building on a sloping block can attract further engineering costs than building on a flat block, taking advantage of your land’s attributes during the design process will maximise the cost-effectiveness of your project and achieve a great result that takes advantage of a ‘million dollar view’.
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