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Things You Should Know Before Buying Sloping Land

Purchasing a block of sloping land opens up many opportunities for a unique home design and picturesque views. But building on an incline can be challenging if you haven’t done your research. We want to make sure you’re equipped with all the information you need to design your dream home. The expert team at Hotondo Homes are experienced in building on sloping land, so we’ll walk you through everything you need to consider for your new build.

Direction and severity of the slope

Land can slope downwards from the road, upwards or from side to side. The direction of the slope can impact the cost of the build, as additional materials may be required to create a solid foundation. Similarly, the severity of the slope can take extra time to modify the design to suit the land and may increase the cost of the build. At Hotondo Homes, we’re experienced in working with sloping land, so you’ll be in good hands.


It’s important to consider how pedestrians and vehicles can access your home safely and easily. This will help you determine where to place entryways, pathways and driveways.

Home design

Many people choose to build on inclines for the incredible views, so it’s important to consider the placement of your windows or balconies to maximise the scenery. You’ll be inviting in lots of natural light, so ensure that the areas of your home that are direct sun-facing are protected. You may want to opt for open-plan living space or a reverse living layout to make the most of your home’s unique design, or include an alfresco for a smooth transition from indoors to outdoors.



On sloping land, the climate of the area can have a greater impact on the home. Areas that are susceptible to heavy rain are more at risk of flooding, while dry weather can cause a bushfire risk in areas with dense vegetation.

Ground conditions

A sample of soil can determine what elements are present in the ground and the stability of the land for a home to be built. Excess moisture, rock or clay may mean that the ground is unsuitable for building, or may require excavation in order to build the home, which can increase the cost of the build.


Having vegetation on the land isn’t always a negative thing. Trees can provide shade to your home, particularly in higher areas that catch plenty of sunlight. Sloping land can also be stabilised by vegetation, depending on its placement. However, roots can also disrupt the foundation of a home. A thorough site analysis by an experienced professional will ensure that your home is designed with its natural surroundings in mind.


Talk to Hotondo Homes today

We’re experienced at building on sloping blocks and can help you find your perfect split level home to suit your land. The expert team at Hotondo Homes will ensure that your building journey is as smooth as possible. Contact us today on 1800 677 156 or visit our website for more information.

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