Hi to all,
I have set my eyes on a 700m block of land in Hampton park on a hilly location. I am on a tight budget hence worried
about construction cost over-run. Please, share your experience.
Re: COST OF BUILDING ON SLOPING LAND2
May 11, 2013 10:37 pm
How long is a piece of string?
How much of a slope ?
Type of soil?
Style of house?
Size of house?
Single / double / split level ?
If you're on a tight budget, a sloping block is probably not a good idea.
Re: COST OF BUILDING ON SLOPING LAND3
May 12, 2013 7:54 am
Less than 1m slope added around $5,000 to my 23 square single storey house.
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Re: COST OF BUILDING ON SLOPING LAND4
May 12, 2013 8:52 am
Generally, sloping land will cost more on to build.
We are building on a sloping block (massive slope) and our custom build of 52sq (36sq living) with quality inclusions is costing us less than 11k per square. We designed a house to suit the fall of land rather than trying to put a standard house on a sloping block. Plus we are providing a few items ourselves ie. aircon, heating, tiles, data cabling, kitchen laminex etc which kept the cost down. We were lucky to find a builder that would let us provide some things ourselves.
It took a couple of years to find a builder who could do what we want within our budget.
It is possible but if you're on a tight budget and want to build soon I would suggest buying a flat block.
Custom downslope build
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Re: COST OF BUILDING ON SLOPING LAND5
May 21, 2013 5:29 pm
my house-to-be is approx 90sqm with 15sqm of balcony, with a drop of about 1.7m. Very early estimate had cost of subfloor (including soil test, engineering, scaffolding) at 50K. It's high end engineering/spec but its your house, it cant fall down a hill.
Re: COST OF BUILDING ON SLOPING LAND7
Sep 11, 2013 11:45 am
Hi Shaman, suggest if you are still looking at sloping land, that you do some research on custom builders who work on that kind of terrain in your area and are used to solutions for sloping blocks. If you make a short list that have good client feedback and you find to have high quality and good communication (meet them to look at a project under construction if possible) then a builder like this can help you to look at a block and get a picture of the possibilities.
Do not go with volume builders for a sloping block. Their building techniques are not suitable to slope, and will not maximise the useability of what could be a beautiful home if built on appropriately. Don't be fooled by an apparent difference in cost either, as the initial quotes of volume builders do not usually include site costs, which are obviously a huge factor on a sloping or hilly block. (go on forums too, and look at people's experiences.)
It boils down to: lots of advantages to finding a builder you trust first, who has experience on the kind of land you are interested in, and they can guide you a lot on possibilities, choices, costs. Good luck with it!