Split level homes
Hillside sites lend themselves to split level homes. One of the great things about a split level home design, is the freedom to have separate zones for living and sleeping or for kids and parents.
Building on a slope can be expensive
Many people are attracted by the sometimes reduced price of hillside sections. But it pays to keep in mind that building on a hill will have higher build costs than building on a flat site. Additional build costs can include the need for significant earthworks, construction of retaining walls, scaffolding hire, engineering requirements, special drainage solutions. And generally increased labour costs.
Reduce excavation and costs of retaining walls
Good hillside house design is the key to making your build cost effective. By designing your home to work in with the existing contours of the sloping site, you can reduce the costs associated with excavation and retaining walls. A common solution to building on a slope where the access is from the bottom of the section, is to build the garage under the house at basement level. Where the access is at the top of the section, it makes sense to have the garage at street level and have the home flow down the slope.
In our 50 years, we have successfully designed and built beautiful homes on hills, in alpine and mountainous regions of the rugged South Island. Including the Port Hills, Castle Hill, Hanmer Springs, the Lewis Pass, Banks Peninsula, St Arnaud, Mt Lyford, Fiordland, Queenstown and Mt Cook National Park to name a few. If building on a slope is your dream, we do encourage you to get in touch with us to discuss your project.