Building on Land with a Slope

Gorgeous custom log or timber homes deserve a piece of property that commands attention through its impressive views. And, these views are often achieved by building the home on a slope. Building on a sloped lot, whether it is a gently rolling hill or a steep mountainside, requires thoughtful planning and expert advice to maximize the property’s assets for years of enjoyment and minimize potential issues.

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Advantages of a Sloped Lot

The advantages of a sloped lot are many. In addition to providing the height that allows you to overlook a favorite lake, valley or mountain range, a sloped site can offer the feeling of a spacious, remote location. A slope also provides the perfect opportunity to build your log home with a walk-out basement filled with natural light. This home layout helps maximize your square footage indoors and allows for multi-level outdoor living areas.

Disadvantages of a Sloped Lot

Two potential drawbacks of a sloped lot are additional site preparation and foundation work, and accessibility issues. Sloped sites may require more site prep and foundation work than a level lot adding cost and time. This can include extra grading, building stem walls or retaining walls, and mitigating drainage issues. Accessibility for heavy construction equipment may also be a concern. Consider the safety and affordability of constructing a road to the property if one does not already exist.

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Planning is the Key

Thoughtful planning and an experienced, degreed architect go a long way toward maximizing the potential of a sloped lot. Review a topographical survey and walk the property with your architect whether you have already purchased a sloped site or are just considering one. Relax and enjoy the view knowing you have considered the potential issues presented by a sloped lot, and found ways to mitigate them.

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