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BUILDING ON Steep Sites

Building a house on a steep site can be a fun an attractive prospect for a variety of reasons. Benefits of steep sites can include great views, elevation and all day-sun. However, it is important to understand that building on a steep site also involves overcoming certain challenges.

Steep Site builds are complex
Building on a steep sites involves a greater degree of complexity than building on the flat so you need to make sure that you choose a builder with expertise in steep site builds. When. You build on a steep site you are going to need custom-designed home plans and are not suitable for kitsets or standard home plans. Nor are modified kitsets or standard house plans suitable for building on steep sites.

Split level homes
Steep sites lend themselves to split level homes. The great thing about having your home designed over a number of levels is that you can have separate zones for living and sleeping or for kids and parents. Read about our Dual Occupancy options here.

Building on a hill can be expensive
Many people are attracted by the sometimes reduced price of steep sections but it pays to keep in mind that building on a steep site will cost more than building on a flat section. Additional costs can include the need for significant earthworks, construction of retaining walls, scaffolding hire, engineering requirements, special drainage solutions and generally increased labour costs.

Reduce excavation and costs of retaining walls
Good design is the key to minimising extra costs. By designing your home to work in with the existing contours of the site as far as possible, you can reduce the costs associated with excavation and retaining walls.

A common solution to building on a steep site where the access is from the bottom of the section is to build the garage under the house at basement level. Where the access is at the top of the section, it makes sense to have the garage at street level and have the home flow down the slope.

Experience matters
In our 20 years, we have successfully designed and built beautiful homes on steep sites, we have the experience and knowledge to tackle the most challenging sites. If building on a steep site is your dream, we do encourage you to get in touch with us to discuss your project and work out how to turn your steep site into your new home.

 

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