For people who want to have great views from the comfort of their homes, sloping blocks might be the answer. This is especially true for the people living in Victoria, who are faced with spectacular sceneries from coast-to-coast.
There is some controversy about sloping blocks; specifically, that building with them is more expensive for homeowners. This isn’t the full story, today sloping blocks tend to be cheaper to purchase than dull uninteresting flat blocks, so the savings made on the purchase of the block can be put toward the construction of the house. The overall result is a much more interesting house with better views. Building on sloping blocks in Victoria, requires some thought and here are some tips that can help you build the house of your dreams.
Tip #1: Choose Your Builder Carefully
At the end of the day, choosing the right builder for your needs is one of the most important decisions that you can make. Even if you put all of your resources into this home, you won’t be completely satisfied with it if you don’t have the right builder.
If you select a builder that only builds on concrete slabs, they will need to make your block flat first, which typically means digging a very large hole erecting very expensive retaining walls then burying your house in the hole! This is very expensive, looks ugly, takes away from your possible view and outlook and undoubtedly creates drainage issues. In the end this builder will end up charging you more for all this (with a very poor result) than a custom builder that specialises in building on Sloping blocks.
Most importantly, you should first look at the builder’s, portfolio of previous jobs so that you can be sure they can tackle your project. You need to be inspired by the builder and their ability to help you create your dream home.
Tip #2: Inspect the Site First
Make sure that the builders you speak to about your project will inspect your block of land before making cost estimates and construction suggestions. It is impossible to do this accurately from an office desk and computer. Also make sure you are talking to the builder or the builder’s construction manager not some sales person that has no true knowledge of engineering and construction. When dealing with non technical sales people many of them will tell you anything just to get you to pay them a deposit, only to later find out that what you were told by this sales person either can’t be done or will cost much more that they said it would.
Tip #3: Be Prepared Drainage is important.
Building on sloping blocks can present drainage issues that may not occur on a flat block, again the specialist sloping block builder will be aware of these potential issues and how to best address them.
Building on a sloping block presents unique challenges and the only way to get the best out of your block is to work with the slope not against it. The best way to achieve this in the most economical way is to find a specialist sloping block builder.
The best things that you can do when you’re building your home on a sloping block is to choose the right builder, have that builder inspect the site, and to have your home designed to work with the slope and features of your block.