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If you are about to purchase and build on a sloping site, this article is for you. A sloping block can have both advantages and disadvantages, depending on your priority. It can provide a beautiful view and make your home a unique point of discussion.

However, it can be pretty tricky building on a sloping block. It requires innovative thinking, creativity, and abundant resources. The type of slope can determine how easy or difficult it will be to execute your dream home on the property.

There are so many factors you need to consider when building on a sloping site. Keep reading to discover some tips to help you erect your structure on a sloping block and how to make it work for you.

What is a sloping block?

A sloping block is essentially a range of land with unbalanced surge levels, which causes a slope from one portion of the area to the other. Usually, when three meters fall or rise across the area, most builders find it manageable. However, anything more significant than that will significantly increase the costs of the building.

Here are some tips to make building on a sloping block work for you.

  • Carefully select your builder 

Suppose you are considering building on a sloping block. In that case, it is crucial to choose your builder carefully because the overall cost of building on a sloping block depends on your builder.

Volume builders typically design homes perfect for flat sites, and modifying their floor plans can be tricky. Most volume builders would instead get rid of the slope from the block, instead of altering their floor plan to suit the sloping site, a move that is often expensive.

  • Take measurements only of the slope you build on

If you are building on a sloping block, you should only calculate your costs based on the measurement of the surge or plunge over your building area rather than the entire building block. The idea is to create a design that will suit the block, slope and help achieve your vision.

Another essential factor to consider is that when you erect your structure horizontally across the block, the effect of the slope will be significantly minimized.

  • Split-level homes will help you save cost

Homeowners commonly build a single-story split-level home on sloping blocks to help save cost. Typically, the front section of the house may consist of the master bedroom and lounge, with stairs that lead to the kitchen, extra bedrooms, bathroom, etc.

This design’s advantage is that the entrance in front and at the back is at ground level, which means you don’t need a retaining wall.


Building on a sloping block can be challenging and demanding, especially when working with the wrong builder. Therefore, it is imperative to contact a home builder who understands all it takes to erect a structure on a sloping block and who has expertise in the field.