Sherbrooke Design and Construction is your sloping block and split level home design and building specialist.
Designing and building your dream home or extension on a sloping block is more challenging compared to your traditional build or extension project, but it’s well worth it. From great views to maximising the value of your home, a sloping block can provide opportunities that just cannot be found on a level site.
Types of Sloping Blocks
In contrast to a regular parcel of land, a sloping block isn’t flat. Your block may slope up from the road or it may slope down. Some blocks may have cross fall from one side of the block to the other, or your land may be a combination of the above.
While sloping blocks bring their own unique challenges, engaging a custom builder from the onset results in an extension or new home design that suits your land, lifestyle and budget.
Designing a Split Level Home or Extension
A split-level design is best suited for sloping blocks and it allows you to consider blocks of land (with or without existing homes) that might not be completely flat. Working with and following the natural slope of the land, a custom designed extension or new home minimises the extent of excavation and maximises the footprint of your home, while utilising your block in the best possible way. When designing an extension or new home for your sloping block, our team of expert architects and designers take into account:
- The grade of the slope and the possibilities it may offer such as layered gardens, additional car parking, multiple outdoor entertaining spaces or a swimming pool
- Suitable door and window placement, so your home catches the winter sunlight and a cooling breeze during the heat of summer
- How to make the most of natural light in the home by using windows and skylights
- Drainage and ways to direct water such as rainwater tanks or stormwater pits
- Your best options for enhancing the views from your block
- How to maintain privacy for yourself and your neighbours
- Your lifestyle and budget
Benefits of a Custom Split Level Design
Many find the challenge of building or extending on a sloping block daunting. However, you’ll find plenty of advantages and incentives to build your new home or extension on a sloping block.
- A custom designed extension or new home provides you with a unique floorplan designed to reflect your lifestyle and block of land
- The ability to enjoy breath-taking views or landscapes surrounding you
- You can capture natural light and make efficient use of the sun, keeping the home airy and bright
- Sloping blocks are typically less expensive to purchase, allowing you to spend more on extending or building your dream home
- Sloped blocks provide a higher return on investment when it’s time to sell your house as the views, natural light, and elevation all appeal to buyers.
We design homes and extensions based on the individual needs of our customers, whether they desire energy efficiency with water tanks and solar panels or maximum luxury with plenty of open spaces, wood fireplaces and heated floors.
Working with Sherbrooke Design and Construction gives you:
- Tailored Designs to suit your needs
- Access to Industry Professionals, well known brands and reputable suppliers
- Fixed Price Contracts giving you confidence and peace of mind
- 24/7 Online Communications Portal to track your project
- Professional Support and Assistance from our Contract Administrators and Project Managers
- Dedicated Program Management so your new home or extension is delivered on time
- After Build Support through our Warranty Inspection Service
- Membership Rewards through our ‘Customer for Life’ Membership Program
By choosing Sherbrooke Design and Construction, you don’t have to compromise. If you’re struggling with ideas on how to make the most of your sloping block while staying true to your wants and needs, contact us to explore how we can help design and build your extension or new home.
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FAQs About Sloping Blocks 2023
What Is A Sloping Block?
Simply put, a sloping block is a piece of land that isn’t flat. As experienced sloping block builders in Melbourne, Sherbrooke Constructions has plenty of experience in this area as many suburbs are built up on hilly land.
What Are The Benefits Of Building a House On a Sloping Block?
Building on a sloping block can initially feel like a daunting task. While that is understandable, it’s also important to know some of the unique opportunities that homeowners can benefit from due to building on sloping blocks.
One of the benefits of homes built on sloping blocks is that they tend to have more individuality than those built on flat ground or by a volume builder. Split-level homes offer designers a lot of freedom to make expressive creations that incorporate the use of different levels as well as high ceilings to create a space that feels open, airy and welcoming.
Natural light is a huge benefit of building on a sloping block and can really transform the feeling of a home. This is achieved fairly organically due to the increased window space afforded by a split level design.
Another great benefit of sloping blocks is that they can offer more privacy than those on flat land due to the increased elevation. This can be a great benefit to families who like entertaining and having that sense of seclusion even in the heart of suburbia.
Perhaps one of the most commonly expressed upsides to building on sloping blocks is the view that housing on these land types can provide. From elevated positions, homeowners are often able to take in amazing panoramas that otherwise would be hidden behind a flat block.
Less use of retaining walls
By building in a manner that works with the sloping landscape, houses built on sloping blocks using a split-level design are able to do away with the use of large unappealing retaining walls if building a single level design.
Great resale value
Due to a combination of all the above factors, homes on sloping blocks are massively appealing to would-be home buyers. This makes them a great investment as well as a pleasing living space.
What Slope Is Too Steep To Build On?
With the right expertise, a home can be built on all different kinds of gradients. Very few blocks of land in Melbourne’s suburbs are above a 25-30% gradient (think San Francisco blocks) and as such a sloped house is able to be built on any of them. Even ones that are at 30% or more can be built on thanks to modern building and landscaping techniques utilised by our designers and construction team.
What Is A Split-Level House?
A split-level house is the most commonly chosen build style when it comes to building on a sloping block. Split-level housing offers a unique set of benefits when compared to classic level housing designs. It uses the fall of the block and is constructed in a way that complements the shape of the land, as opposed to digging into the hillside and using large retaining walls to allow for a single level home.
What Are The Challenges Of Building On A Sloping Block?
As with any building project, building on a sloped block does tend to come with some of its own set of challenges and considerations. We’ll cover a few of them here. But before we do, it’s important to remember that by entrusting your home with an experienced sloping block builder in Melbourne, such as Sherbrooke Constructions, you’ve already taken the best step to overcoming any site building challenges that can arise from sloping blocks.
The need to ‘cut and fill’
This is a common part of building homes on a sloping block. It is a landscaping practice that takes into account the natural ground line of your block, and then ‘cuts’ parts of that ground out of the slope in order to then ‘fill’ other parts of the slope. The end result of this is that you are left with a more uniform shape that allows for an easier time when building a split-level home.
Given that in most cases the lowest part of the block is the closest to the street, most sloping homes are towards the bottom of the block while the garden sits behind. The challenge here is to find ways of channelling drainage in a way so that water is not flowing down onto the house and onto the foundations underneath.
As experienced sloping block builders in Melbourne, Sherbrooke Constructions are adept at managing these challenges and any others that can arise during the building process.
What extra steps are taken when building or extending on a sloping block?
Sloping blocks are always an interesting challenge for the builder and can produce some of the most satisfying and unique results when completed. In order to make sure that the house is being built on top of land that is sturdy and well-drained, certain extra steps are taken when building or extending a home on a sloping block.
The first is to do a topographical survey. This is used to understand the exact slope and contour lines of your block. These surveys are also helpful for determining what long-standing vegetation should be kept as a priority when building the home.
The next is to understand some of the aspects that will help to inform the design of the house, such as where the light comes from, what views can be seen from where and the common wind direction, to name a few.
And finally, there is the need to perform the necessary landscaping on the block. This will give a solid base for the construction of the house itself, and ensure that there is adequate drainage around the property.
Get in touch with our team at Sherbrooke Constructions to find out how we can build your dream home on a sloping block in Melbourne.
Our Extension and New Home Design and Building Process
We’ll look after you every step of the way by providing a complete architectural design and construction service for your new home or extension. Here’s a brief overview of the easy step-by-step design process we’ll enjoy together in realising your vision.
Our Construction Manager will ensure your project is built in line with the plans and specifications and your Project Manager is responsible for the day-to-day management of trades and materials. Your Contracts Administrator will guide you through the selections process and help you with all the administrative detail through Buildertrend. You have access to our Interior Design Consultant to assist with colour selections, and access to well-known industry professional brands and reputable suppliers.
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