Types of Blocks

SLOPING BLOCK BUILDERS

If you’re considering buying a sloping block of land or have already invested in a sloping block, then you’ll need an experienced split level home designer and an accomplished sloping block builder.

Split Level Homes Australia (in conjunction with Custom Home Designs) has both the best designers of split level homes and most skillful sloping block builders in the country.

We specialise in creating beautiful split level home designs and project managing the whole process.

WHAT IS A ‘SPLIT LEVEL HOME DESIGN’ ANYWAY?

When we say “split level home design”, we’re talking about land that is anything from 2.5 metres to 11 metres (or more) of fall and requires multiple levels to build on.

SPLIT LEVEL DESIGN

There are a few reasons why our sloping block builders recommend a split level home design:

  • Your block of land has more than 2 to 3 metres of cross-fall (front-to-back, left-to-right, or a combination of the two)
  • The land developer requires a split level home design to conform to the estate’s land covenant requirements.
  • The local council requires a split level home design as part of its building and/or development code.
  • You want a split level home design to maximise views, breeze, solar orientation or just visually create more depth and character to your home.

Let our sloping block builders assess your property and provide you with a range of building options that maximise the potential of your sloping block.

NARROW LOT HOMES

If your block is less than 10 metres wide and you’ve spent time looking for home designs that will fit, you’ll probably agree there aren’t many options.

Most builders, especially the big name builders, just don’t accommodate narrow lot designs. When we say “narrow lot”, we’re talking about land that is 10 to 11 metres wide, or less.

Narrow lots are common in city areas and, as the years roll on, becoming more common even outside the cities.

WHY ARE THERE SO MANY NARROW LOTS ON THE MARKET?

Supply and demand, is the short answer. As cities become more populated the price of land increases and so land prices rise to a premium.

Going back a few decades, it was popular to cut up land in sizes of 20 metres wide x 40 metres long (or about 800m2 in total size).

Now that land is becoming more scarce in cities, home owners and investors are realising they can cut their land in half and make a tidy profit.

A narrow block or sloping block builder needs to have specific expertise and experience to work successfully within the limitations of such blocks.

Narrow lots do present additional issues for the builder, which is why project home builders aren’t usually interested in taking them on.

Let’s face it, the big name builders focus their attention on the easier pickings of standard homes, on standard blocks.

HAVE QUESTIONS? NEED SOME HELP?

If you want more information about building a narrow lot home, please call Split Level Homes Australia on 0403 570 250 or email us.

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 POINTS TO PONDER WHEN BUILDING ON A SLOPING BLOCK OR NARROW BLOCK

Taking advantage of the best aspects of a building block needs careful planning and building. It’s even more complicated when designing and building a split level or narrow home design. Nevertheless good planning and a good sloping block builder will reap the rewards.

Sloping block builders need to take into consideration:

  • The angle of slope on the block.
  • How consistent the slope is across the block.
  • Where the slope starts and stops on the block in relation to where the house will be positioned.
  • Whether the block has more than one gradient of slope (e.g. slopes a little at the front but is steeper at the back).
  • How to minimise the amount of cut-and-fill if building with a concrete slab-on-ground design.
  • Views or aspects you wish to take advantage of.
  • The block’s position in relation to effects of the sun in summer and in winter.
  • The direction of open windows and doors to maximise air flow throughout the seasons.
  • Driveway gradients in accordance with local council building regulations.
  • Maximising natural light to avoid mould and dark areas in the home.
  • Drainage requirements for heavy downpours and/or floods.
  • Maximum building heights relevant to land covenants or local council building height restrictions.
  • Shadowing over pool areas and entertainment areas.
  • Retaining wall heights and impact on neighbouring properties when building next to an empty block.
  • Structural requirements of retaining walls to satisfy local council regulations.
  • Designing for privacy.
  • How the new home overlooks neighbouring properties and vice versa.
  • Where the house is actually being positioned in relation to all the above.
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