building & design tips

Take inspiration, tips and advice from our specialist design and building team

Benefits of Building on a Sloping Block

San Remo 273 with Executive Façade, Billy's Lookout Teralba

If you're looking to purchase a sloping block of land or perhaps recently bought one, you would know that a sloping site is generally less expensive than a level block of land. This is because the techniques to build a split level house are far more complex than a standard build. However, what you save in the land purchase can often be used to create a more unique and interesting home.

When approached and developed appropriately, a sloping block can provide maximum return when it's time to sell it. Typically homes situated above sea level (i.e. sloping sites) tend to sell above the average house price versus homes that are less elevated, therefore delivering a greater return overtime.

Working with the site

With over 30 years' experience as the 'sloping site specialists', our team of experts understand how important it is to work with a sloping site.

Split level homes are the most elegant solution to building a home on a sloping block. Look carefully at any well-built split level home and you'll begin to appreciate what a dramatic impact this design technique delivers. You'll see how raising or lowering part of the floor dramatically improves the way split level homes sit on the block.

Split level houses distinguish themselves with their wonderful views, flatter driveways, abundant light, natural ventilation, and the added bonus of separate living areas on different levels.

montgomery-Homes-San-Remo-Benefits-of-a-sloping-block-BACK

Different types of slopes

The secret to building on a steep block is to go with the slope. Whether your block slopes downhill, uphill or sideways, your home design should complement the unique shape and slope of your land. The following sloping designs have distinguishing features which have been specifically crafted to help maximise the varying type of slopes.

Montgomery-Homes-carolina-downhill-sloping-design-Benefits-of-a-sloping-block

If your block slopes down from the road, it might be more appropriate to build a split level house positioning living areas on multiple levels, and the main entertaining areas on the upper floor. A back deck would be best placed on the lower or upper floor to take in the natural beauty of your backyard and any potential landscapes; perfect for year round entertaining.

Montgomery-Homes-Riviera-uphill-sloping-design-Benefits-of-a-sloping-block

If your block slopes up from the road, more often than not the best solution will be to have the garage on the lower level of the home, and position main entertaining areas on the mid and upper floors. The upper floor opens to an enchanting covered deck to overlook your potential views.

Montgomery-Homes-San-Tropez-sideways-sloping-design-Benefits-of-a-sloping-block

If your block slopes sideways, the best solution may be to place the garage on the lower floor and position main entertaining areas on the mid or upper floor. If you have views to maximise, consider adding a deck to the side or back of the home.

Talk to your home builder about what kind of design will suit your blocks' natural features.

There are many benefits of working with a site, which include:

Sloping home designs offer unique opportunities, such as the ability to spread living areas across multiple levels. Our popular Carolina 1 downhill design combines privacy and versatility, with the family room located on the upper floor, a theatre room on the mid floor and rumpus on the lower floor, adjacent to Bed 1, 2 and 3.

1. Multiple Living Areas

2. Higher Ceilings

Putting a step in a home creates the opportunity for higher ceilings in a living area or entry way. This is usually a highly sought after upgrade, so you're not only saving thousands of dollars on retaining walls and excavation costs, you're also receiving the benefits of high ceilings and a more customised home.

4. Better Views

3. Less Costs after Handover

Building a split level home on a sloping site will ensure you have less costs after handover, like those nasty large retaining walls.

Another benefit of a sloping site is the potential to achieve stunning views or landscapes surrounding you. Montgomery Homes will work with the orientation of your land to ensure you not only have wonderful views, but natural lighting is always maximised in your new home. Outlook and natural light is always considered first when a Montgomery Homes split level home is designed. Introducing a balcony or deck to your split level home will ensure you never get tired of your outlook.

Choose the right builder

Generally anything with a slope greater than 2 metres across the building site will require a specialised sloping builder. The key is to find a builder that thrives on the challenge of a sloping site and who has proven expertise in this area. As a the sloping site specialists, Montgomery Homes is often sought after in Sydney, The Central Coast and Newcastle because of our extensive 30 year experience and passion for providing solutions for clients.

To learn more about the benefits of building on a sloping block, contact us today.

Similar Blogs

All Articles
  • All Articles
  • Blog
  • Building Process
  • Featured
  • Finance Tips
  • Home Designs
  • Inspiration Gallery Blog
  • News & Events
  • Selections Gallery
  • Selections Gallery Blog
  • Styling & Inspiration
  • Sustainable Living

6 Narrow Block House Designs to Prove Your Dream is Achievable

Our narrow house plans are living proof you don’t need to compromise on the dream to suit your block. Narrow blocks are becoming increasingly common, especially in Sydney where space is running low. Homeowners are now facing the challenge of fitting their dream home on a small block of land - and no one likes the idea of having to change their home design to fit the block!
Read in full

Renovate VS Rebuild: 4 Reasons Why a Knock Down Might Be The Better Solution For You

Got the urge to refresh the look and feel of your home without the hassle of moving? Need some extra space for a growing household, or are you simply looking to add extra value to your home? How about all of the above?
Read in full

Four Benefits of a Split Level Home

When researching land to purchase, the thought of building on a sloping block at first might seem complicated. However, building on a sloping site doesn’t need to be stressful and you certainly don’t need to compromise on building the home you’ve always dreamed about. Split level house designs are the perfect solution for sloping blocks as they are designed to follow the natural slope of the land, resulting in a stunning, architectural split level home that is both unique and spacious.
Read in full

Join our newsletter to receive our latest promotions,
news and helpful building and design tips