Currimundi Display Home (PDF )
Our new Currimundi Display Home is an excellent example of how to take best advantage of a rear sloping lot in an economical way. Designed to take advantage of the expansive rear views, this four bedroom home doesn’t lack any of the features you would like – a Media Room – Butlers Pantry – plenty of storage cupboards – and, a large covered rear Alfresco.
Located at 21A Old Gympie Road, Yandina in the QM Properties Maroochy Rivers Estate, The home is well worth a visit and you’ll see just one of the many ways you can develop your sloping lot.
The home is also for sale with a generous 6% return on investment for 12 months – an excellent pick up for an Investor or S.M.S.F..
So, why buy a sloping lot?
Apart from possibly being the predominantly available land in the area you may want to live, sloping lots generally have the advantage of a view. And that view may be irreplaceable and give your home the wow factor that will make it special to you and to someone who is looking for a unique home when you decide eventually to sell.
There is no argument that more work is involved in developing a sloping site, but done properly you can create a unique home that fits the landscape. You’ll find your floor plan will be an original design in order to take advantage of the views, the slope, vehicle access and whether the home is split level, two storey or single level on a base or piers. There are a multitude of alternatives that a good designer will explore and use.
Depending on the site, a sloping block may be either dearer or cheaper to buy than a flat lot. The dearer lots generally have the irreplaceable factor – a unique position or a view that is expansive and cannot be built out. The cheaper lots are priced to counter additional building costs and maintain affordability.
There are several ways of tackling a sloping lot, all depending on the amount of fall over the lot. The most common way with modestly sloping lots is to cut and fill. You cut into the highest area and move the fill to the lower area so that a level pad is created to place the house on. In this scenario, depending on the size of the pad, a conventional on slab home can be placed. The cut area can be battered or retained, the same with the filled areas. If the design sought is two storey then a smaller pad would be needed and this will cut down the amount of earthworks required. Finally, the right landscaping will finish the job.
If the lot has a lot of slope then other design criteria come into play. The home can still be single level, but either a bricked up foundation or the use of posts will be necessary as support in order to achieve the level floor. Some designs are split in order to run with the lot, some partly cut and filled to create a garage area or living area on the ground floor but have the main living areas above.
There are other factors to be considered with a sloping lot. Adequate drainage, positioning of retaining walls (which can be in timber, concrete or block) to create level spaces, driveway egress and storage areas.
However despite the additional effort required to develop a sloping lot – and you can do much of this work yourself over time to reduce the cost, the end result will be a unique home, designed with your lifestyle and family needs in mind.
Speak to our experienced Building and Design Consultants – they will advise you on the best approach to take with your lot and can offer alternative design solutions.