Location: Tai Tapu

Product: Solid Timber

Build type: Full Build

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Building on a slope

Building on a hill can be an attractive prospect for many reasons. Benefits of building on a sloping site can include great views and all day-sun. However, it is important to understand that building on a slope is not nearly as straightforward as building on a flat site. Steep slope builds often involve some unique challenges. Achieving your dream home in a cost effective manner for sure requires considerable attention to detail. But more than that, considerable experience in hill building. And plenty of successful hill builds under the belt of your chosen building partner.

Hill builds require custom hillside house designs

Building on a hill involves a greater degree of complexity than building on a flat site. For peace of mind partner with an experienced hill build specialist. Sloping sites require custom-designed hillside house plans 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 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.

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

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