Analysing your site

There are many, many details that we need to know about you, and your site. However, all we need initially is a15 minute phone conversation to establish, how we can help. People buy sloping sites because of the views, maybe they are looking to build something different and the fact that sloping site are cheaper, usually the steeper, the cheaper. However most buyers are put off by not knowing the answers to these 5 basic questions

  1. How do I build on a slope?
  2. Who’s going to design it?
  3. Who’s going to build it?
  4. What’s it going to look like?
  5. How much will it cost?

One of the most critical factors in designing a house for a sloping sites is vehicle accommodation . It’s not much use have a beautiful designed home if there’s nowhere to park your cars. Unfortunately driveways and carports eat into your house budget and must be included in your overall costings. In addition all councils have very strict guide lines or rules as to how they want driveways and carports constructed.

Firstly we need to know
Is your site on the low side
or the high side of the roadway?
Driveways and carports

Land sloping upwards from the roadway

Vehicle access to the carport would be straight up off the roadway and up under the house. Stairs would usually go from the leveled concreted carport pad to the house deck area or onto a separate entry landing. The living room floor therefor becomes the carport roof.
Driveways and carports

Land sloping with the roadway

A driveway would be created coming from the roadway and going straight under the house onto an excavated flat concreted carport pad.
Driveways and carports

Land sloping downwards from the roadway

The easiest and cheapest option would be to run a driveway down the side of the site and under the house. However, you will need a fairly wide site and a long driveway.
Driveways and carports

Separate free standing carport to the front of the site

Building a free standing carport or garage is another option for sites on the low side of the roadway. The house could be positioned further down the site to allow a free standing carpor to be constructed close to the roadway.
Driveways and carports

Steady slope
Car pad excavated
into natural ground

Driveways and carports

Gradual slope
Car pad supported
on boulder retaining wall

Driveways and carports

Steep slope
Car deck suspended
above ground level

Entry hallway for homes

Entry hallway for homes built on the low side of the roadway

The living and deck areas of the house will obviously face the views, down the slope. Which means the entry into the house will be at the back of the house. (Street side) This entry way can be easily incorporated into any of our designs
Front entry portico

Front entry portico

We usually incorporate an entry portico and landing to enhance the appearances of the house from the street.