Building on a sloping block has some real advantages, including sweeping views and natural ventilation. It is usually more expensive to build on a sloping block and landscaping sloping blocks can take some innovation, but the result can certainly be beautiful.
Since it does cost more, you must determine if it is worth it to landscape a slope rather than just putting in sod for a lawn. The position of the slope in relation to the surrounding area, along with the type of block of land will often determine if it is feasible to landscape sloping blocks. It is important to do your homework first before beginning any landscape effort on a slope.
The Cost For Landscaping Sloping Blocks
There are several factors that impact the cost of building on and landscaping sloping blocks. First is design. It can be difficult to engineer a construction on a slope. You may need a detailed land survey and the advice or input of a structural engineer to determine what home designs will work and how hard it will be to construct your preferred design.
The next issue is access. If your plot is severely sloped, it can be difficult to provide access to the site and may require additional fees to transport materials to the construction site.
Excavating a sloping block is also a factor in determining costs. It is almost certain that some type of excavation will be required for a project on a sloping lot. Foundation work also often requires special engineering and materials to ensure a level surface for construction.
Landscaping sloping blocks can also pose challenges for builders. The block may require a couple of retaining walls and issues with erosion, rocks, and other obstacles may need to addressed.
It is possible to help reduce building costs on a sloping block by selecting lighter weight building materials or innovative designs.
Sloping Block Advantages
The primary disadvantage of building on a sloping block is the cost of building. There are also several advantages to building your home on a sloping block and you may find these advantages outweigh the building costs. One of the most obvious advantages is the view.
You can build your home to enjoy a sweeping view. This is one of the best reasons to build on a sloping block. Another advantage is that homes built on a higher elevation usually enjoy more natural ventilation. Your home can be situated and designed to capture all the prevailing breezes, making it easier to cool.
If you hire a designer who specializes in environmentally friendly homes, talk with them about building a timber-framed home that will not retain heat like a brick home would. Depending upon the location and design of your home, you can drastically reduce or completely eliminate the need for air conditioning.
Home on sloping blocks are in high demand and short supply. Many experts in home renovation look for homes on sloping blocks to purchase and renovate because they know the home will bring a good purchase price. This is also true for your new home. Your finished home on a sloping block will most likely be worth more than it costs to build.
Landscaping A Sloping Block With Retaining Walls
If you do decide to build on a sloping block, you have a few options when it comes to landscaping. The first option is to cut into the slope and then use retaining walls to create a level space for gardens or lawns. If your block has severe slopes, consider terracing the slope with moss rocks.
Before you start landscaping, you must determine the levels. When it rains, water runoff can be a problem, so you will probably need grates connected to your storm water pipe.
One of the most popular landscaping options for sloping blocks is to use retaining walls of concrete railway sleepers or concrete blocks. These types of retaining walls can be very pretty and quite decorative. You can even form curves using these materials and have a choice of different colors. Both of these types of retaining wall materials are available in different patterns and colors to match your garden theme.
If you slope is more severe, you may need to use a retaining wall of moss rock to help retain soil over a high and wide area. Your landscaper will place the moss rocks with a bobcat and then dress the wall with bark chip or river pebbles. The area can then be planted with natives or palms to help soften the effect of the retaining wall.
If your sloping block is spacious, you may be able to combine both of these types of retaining walls into your landscaping. Before you begin landscaping, be sure and check with your local council for any relevant regulations. You may need council approval if your retaining wall exceeds a certain height. It is not a good idea to start construction or landscaping before getting council approval since it could be very costly if your retaining wall design is not approved and you need to start over.
Landscaping Blocks To Keep The Angle Of The Slope
Using landscaping blocks can help you retain the slope of an incline or hill on your land. You can use the landscaping blocks to maintain the slope’s angle instead of building a retaining wall. Setting landscaping blocks into the hill creates an appearance of steps the move upward gradually. These steps help hold back the soil and create areas for potted plants, decorative items or an easier way up the hill.
Building on and landscaping a sloping block can be a challenge. However, the elevation offered by a sloping block can also provide glorious views and more natural ventilation.