Sometimes you need to make compromises when looking for the perfect block to build your next home. If you have a found a block in the perfect location but that has a substantial slope, you may need to modify your initial house plans a little to make sure you still get all the features that you need.
One of the ways that people often modify their home plans for a sloping block is by building in decks at the top of the home, to make sure that they can still get some outdoor living area they can use for enjoying a morning cup of coffee or sunny lunch break. By extending the decking out as well, you can often make the most of any views around your area, such as getting a great view of a city skyline or the beach.
Many house design for sloping blocks involves split levels, where one side of the house is double storied and the other is a single story, which often sits in between the two stories in terms of height depending on the extent of the block slope. Many homeowners like this set up as they get to separate the home into various zones, for example, having early waking children on one level and later waking adults on another level. The slope of the block will govern how far apart the split levels need to be. Split level homes are often the best way to maximise natural light on a sloping block.
Excavation and a retaining wall
Another option is to smooth the pitch of your block, and then place retaining walls in the backyard to recreate the slope you need. This can be a good option on some blocks, particularly those with a mild slope, where a standard home design might not work. Going from a gentle slope to a creating a multi-level yard may allow you to have a flatter driveway as well as having a flat enough space in the back yard for a swimming pool.
The best option for your block will depend on a number of factors including the size and orientation of the block and the size of the house that you are looking to build. Building a home on a sloped block is more complex than building a home on a flat block, so it is a good idea to contact a builder with experience building on sloped blocks. Contact a professional like Seapointe Homes if you're looking for a home builder in your area.