Location: Tai Tapu

Product: Solid Timber

Build type: Full Build


Building on a slope

Building on a hill can be an attractive prospect for a variety of reasons. Benefits of hillside sites can include great views and all day-sun. However, it is important to understand that building on a steep section also involves overcoming some challenges.

Hill builds are complex

Building on a hill involves a greater degree of complexity than building on the flat so you need to make sure that you choose an experienced hill builder. Sloping sites require custom-designed homes and are not suitable for kitsets or standard home plans. Nor are modified kitsets or standard house plans suitable for hill builds.

Christchurch hill build specialists

Split level homes
Hillside sites lend themselves to split level homes. The great thing about having your home designed over a number of levels is that you can have separate zones for living and sleeping or for kids and parents.

Building on a hill 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 cost more than building on a flat section. Additional 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 design is the key to minimising extra costs. By designing your home to work in with the existing contours of the site as far as possible, 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.

Experience matters
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, 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. Scroll down and click ‘Make an enquiry’ to talk with us.

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