Selecting a home design can be a challenge for new home builders, especially when there are so many to choose from! While it’s easy to look at a floor plan and think “yes, I like that!”, you should also carefully consider the layout of the design itself and determine if it will suit the needs of you and your family. Here are a few things to think about before selecting your home design.

Home Orientation

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If you have already selected a block, work with your builder to determine which home designs will best suit your land and begin your search from there. Ideally, main living areas should be north-facing to catch most of the sun during the day, and provide your home with plenty of natural light. Bedrooms should be east-facing, to provide sun in the morning as you wake. If you’re including an alfresco area in your design, ensure it’s best positioned to catch the bulk of afternoon and evening light to maximise the amount of time you can spend outside entertaining.

The Heart of the Home

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Nowadays, most home designs will feature an open-plan area complete with a kitchen, dining and living area. This space is generally the main hub of the home where your family will spend most of their time. Being such an important part of the house, it’s imperitive to think about where you want this to be located in your home – is it at the back or on the side. You may also like to consider whether you want the dining area to be slightly separated from the living space to create a more formal atmosphere. Also consider whether you want your open-plan area to open directly to an alfresco and how you would like that laid out.


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Think carefully about the locations of bedrooms. Do you want your rooms to be located in one area of the home? Would you prefer the master bedroom be located away from the remaining bedrooms so you have your own private parents’ retreat? Most importantly, do you prefer to have the master bedroom located at the front of the home? There are benefits to both positions – if you have small children, positioning the master suite close to the children’s rooms works well if there are still night time wake ups. If your kids are heading into their tween and teenage years, this may not be such an important factor and you may like to put a bit of space between their rooms and yours for a little more peace and quiet!


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Consider how long you plan to live in the home. If it is just a few short years, you can be a little more selfish with your decisions. However, if this is your dream home, think about how your family and your lifestyle will change over the course of 10, 15 or 20 years and ensure the home will still cater to your needs. Once you’ve thought about the above factors, you’ll have a much clearer image of what you need in your new home. This will help narrow down your options, so you can then base your decision on a home you love with the peace of mind knowing it will also cater to your needs!

For design ideas and home inspiration, visit the Hotondo Homes website and see the wealth of home design options available to choose from!

Hotondo Homes builders understand that land comes in all shapes and sizes.  We make the most out of your land by taking advantage of its orientation to maximise sunlight for energy efficiency and take in local views.  We work with the gradient of your block to build a functional and stylish home that suits your lifestyle and enhances everyday living.

Enjoy the view

Whether your block slopes from front to back, side to side, or is simply an awkward shape, we work with the orientation of your block to maximise sunlight and take advantage of local views.

Killalea sloping block

The striking Killalea design demonstrates how our builders can make the most out of a sloping or challenging block.

Maximise space

Our builders see challenging and sloping sites as an opportunity to maximise space.  Express your individual needs, whilst maximising the block’s view and aspect.  Create an additional storage space, second living area for teenagers or a carport utilising the slope.

Energy efficiency

Sloping, challenging and unusual sized blocks offer some unique benefits over a standard flat block of land.  We build homes to cater for all climates, using clever design to enhance your home’s energy efficient performance and comfort.

Solid foundations

To ensure the structural integrity and longevity of your home for years to come, we offer a number of different foundation options.  This includes split level concrete and stump options to accommodate varying degrees of upslope and downslope blocks.

Killalea_Homes for sloping blocksBuilders with experience

You need to choose a builder who is experienced in making use of the shape, solar positioning and characteristics of a challenging block.  We inspect your block to assess if there are any problems that need addressing and work out the most affordable way to get the best out of your land. Find your local builder.

Council compliance

We facilitate the entire building procedure from site inspection to attaining the appropriate council plans and permits.

Sloping block inspection

If you want a free NO COST site inspection, simply contact your local builder to organise a time to meet you on your block.

Homes for sloping blocks_downstairsBuilt on a sloping block, the Airlie showcases how clever design and quality building can utilise a difficult space.  Maximising the awkward shape of the block, the Airlie’s downstairs area has been made into second living area, which could double as a teenagers retreat, media room or a guest house away from the hub of the home.