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Difficult, sloping blocks can be time-consuming, impractical and costly to excavate.

Slab homes dug into a slope can often result in steep driveways, large retaining walls and an unattractive façade. In some cases it may even be impossible to reduce the slope of the land to the point you can build a standard home on it.

Split level, tri-level or bi-level homes are a great way to avoid these problems and fully utilise your land. Split level homes generally have two or three short flights of stairs, up to four separate levels and can be built to suit your specific block.

There are a huge range of benefits when building a split level home.


A split level home takes full advantage of all the space available on your land. Just like a double storey, the ability to build up means you can have a larger backyard without having to compromise on the size of your home. For those with pets or a beautiful pool or backyard aspirations, a split level home is a great option!


If your block of land has a significant slope, it can become quite costly to cut it to the requirements needed for a regular home. Unforeseen issues like poor soil or large rocks can increase your site costs too, meaning it can turn into a very expensive exercise.


Split level designs are quite unique and beautiful homes, which can be great for a family who are after something a little bit different. A split level home can be designed with the bedrooms located on one floor and the living space on another level to help create distinct zones. This can be good for families with children.


Homes that offer picturesque surroundings can also benefit from a split level home.  They can be designed to take full advantage of the land to help maximise the views, and can be specifically tailored to suit your land.



Hotondo Homes’ Hillgrove range offers five brand new tri-level floor plans perfect for land with a difficult slope in any direction.

There is plenty of versatility in these kinds of designs to cater for many different lifestyles. Some of the floor plans feature living space zoned on the top level, while others have the bedrooms upstairs.

The largest design in the range, the Hillgrove 267, offers four bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and a double garage. Cleverly zoned, the master bedroom is located on the entry level for privacy, while the kitchen, living and dining are on the upper floor and remaining bedrooms and the rumpus are on the lower floor.

The design also comes in an alternate version, where the bedrooms are on the upper floor and the living area is on the lower.

View the Hotondo Homes full range of designs including split level homes at hotondo.com.au.

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