Building on a sloping block doesn’t have to be a challenge
Newcastle is an infamously hilly area. From Adamstown to Merewether, Stockton and beyond, Newcastle can be characterised by its never-ending hills and slopes, all leading down into the Newcastle CBD. For aspiring homeowners in the area, a sloping block is almost to be expected which is why we utilise an engineered stepped slab technique to make the most of even the steepest of blocks.
Over the last 30 years, we’ve gained a reputation as the sloping site specialists in Newcastle. Using innovative building techniques and architectural home designs that follow the natural gradient of the land, our sloping block builders in Newcastle are guaranteed to deliver a house you will love to call home.
Maximise the value of your home with our sloping block builders in Newcastle
To some, building on a sloping block might seem like a challenge. To us, we look at it as an opportunity to increase the value of your home from day one. Split level homes are some of the most beautiful and eye-catching designs on the market — following the natural slope of the land, a seemingly single storey home can have incredible dimension on the inside with multiple living areas on different levels and luxe staircases throughout.
There are a huge range of benefits to building on a sloping block:
- More affordable land
- Higher ceilings in the home and garage
- Breathtaking views from your hilly block
- A more unique, architectural looking design
- Abundant natural light and airflow
- Enhanced street appeal
- Reduced steepness of your driveway
- Reduced cut and fill
- Fewer costs after handover like retaining walls and landscaping
- A more functional backyard
- Fewer site costs.
With our sloping block builders in Newcastle, you can increase the value of your home, or build a forever home where you can make precious memories for years to come.
What is a Stepped Slab?
At Montgomery Homes, we know the true value of a sloping block. There’s a common misconception that sloping blocks are more expensive than level blocks — however, this isn’t quite true. The block itself is often cheaper than a level site. Building on a sloping block becomes “expensive” when site costs like “cut and fill” excavation and retaining walls are factored into the total price.
With our sloping block builders in Newcastle, building on a slope doesn’t have to be “expensive”. We use innovative building techniques to minimise the site costs required to begin with.
The traditional “cut and fill” technique used by other builders requires excessive excavation, resulting in steeper driveways and the need for retaining walls post-handover. When building on a slight slope with Montgomery Homes, stairs (or a “stepped slab”) on a smaller scale allow us to work with the site and for the home design to follow the natural gradient of the land.
This stepped slab approach results in higher ceilings, better drainage, natural light and ventilation — delivering a stunning, functional home with incredible views.
Learn how it works below!
A) Stepped slab option on a sloping block:
B) Single, level slab on a sloping block:
In diagram A, we have introduced a step into the slab to allow the house to follow the natural gradient of the block. In diagram B, a standard “cut and fill” approach has been taken — many non-sloping site builders offer this approach because it’s the cheaper way to build. Unfortunately, this method often results in additional costs after handover including:
- The cost and maintenance of large retaining walls
- A steep driveway
- Increased piering
- Drainage issues
- An asset that is difficult to sell.
Take full advantage of your site with our sloping block builders in Newcastle
Streamline the home building process. Contact the team from Montgomery Homes for a free site inspection today — we will visit your block to complete an in-depth analysis so we can provide an accurate quote alongside architectural home design recommendations.
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