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Building on Land with a Slope

Milled Log Home on Hillside

Log Home on a Hillside

When those of us with log or timber home aspirations begin looking for property, a site with a great view is the goal for most.  This usually means a place on high ground, and often, sloped ground.

Whether your lot is atop a gently rolling hill or a steep mountainside, building on a slope presents both assets and potential liabilities.  Thoughtful planning and an experienced architect will go a long way toward maximizing the potential of a sloped site.

The advantages of an incline site are many.  In addition to providing the height that allows you to overlook your favorite lake, valley or mountain range, a sloped lot can offer the feeling of a remote location without requiring you to live miles from civilization.   A slope also provides the perfect opportunity to build your log home on a walk-out basement, which helps maximize your square footage indoors and allows for multi-level outdoor living areas.

Timber Frame Home on Sloping Mountain

Timber Frame Home on a Mountain with a Slopping Lot

Potential drawbacks of a sloped site can be successfully overcome if considered early.  Accessibility may be a concern – if there isn’t already a road leading to your site, can one be safely and affordably constructed?   Assuming you can get to it, your sloped property may require more site prep and foundation work than a lot on level ground, which can add cost and time.  It is also a good idea to check with your local utility companies – water, gas, sewer & electricity may need to be installed.

Whether you’ve already purchased a sloped site or are just considering one, review a topographical survey and walk the property with your architect.  Once you’ve considered the contingencies presented by a sloped site, you can just relax and enjoy the view.

2 Comments

  1. David Cox says:

    How do I get more information?

  2. Danielle says:

    Hi David,

    What would you like more information on? We’d be happy to assist you!

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