Apr 06, 2015 8:51 am
Who has bought a sloping block and had it levelled out, with retaining wall put in around the boundary? How much did it cost to level it out and put in the retaining wall? And how big was your block? I know it will vary by land size.
We're looking at a block that would need us to level it.
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Apr 06, 2015 8:56 am
How big is the slope? and why level it? might be cheaper to build a house that suites the block rather than make the block suite a house.
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Apr 06, 2015 9:02 am
We have our hearts set on one of two designs, but have been struggling to find land that suits (big enough, wide enough, in our price and area range). We found a block that meets those criteria but is sloped, so wondering whether or not to consider it.
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Apr 06, 2015 9:10 am
I think it will depend a lot on how big the slope is but... ANY cut is expensive and engineered retaining walls are a bottomless money pit. I would wager that once you get quotes, you will find the exercise way to costly.
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Apr 06, 2015 9:20 am
I agree with roomeat
I do a lot of engineering feasibilites and occassionly i advise the clients not to proceed.
Its funny when they put the investments up for sales they dont necessarily include anything that may impact negatively on the sale
Have you been given contours, site reports and engineering...if not then you should organize your own.
Cut, fill and Balance points are easy to work out, I ll see if I can find an old spread sheet or you could probably google it to find one.
Designer,Engineer (Civil,Const & Envir),Builder,Concrete & Masonry Contract.Struct Repairs
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Apr 06, 2015 9:44 am
Convert your favourite floor plan into one that works WITH the land not against it.
Adapt it to a home built up off the ground.
Then you will not only have saved a bundle but ended up with your dream house WITH dream views
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Apr 06, 2015 1:47 pm
Thanks all. The agent got back to us and the land in question is under contract anyhow, but I think we will rule out sloped blocks in future. Cheers
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Apr 06, 2015 5:17 pm
Just a little advise for you in future. Don't expect to build anything big on a slope block without spending a fortune. And don't expect any "off the shelf" plans to work on a sloping block as well even with the cut. They will end up looking bad where your windows will only have nice views of retaining walls.
Snowing's Build :
2/17/2012 - Land settled
11/21/2015 - Land clearing
08/21/2016 - Concept design restart
11/21/2016 - Initial design draft
Finally start moving again....
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Apr 06, 2015 6:02 pm
If you have your heart set on one or two designs, have you tried talking to the builder/s about of they can recommend any land? If they're a volume builder who builds in developments they may be able to point you in a direction. Design first or land first is a bit of a chicken-and-egg situation and there's not a real "right" answer, but if you've chosen your design now, you should try to find land to suit it, as others have suggested.
Jen (& Dave)
Plantation Bronte, Ormeau Ridge, Gold Coast QLD
12/03/2015 - Commencement...
26/08/2015 - Handover!
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Apr 07, 2015 10:55 am
Ilaeria - Yes, the designs are with Metricon, and they are keeping an eye out for land for us also, but the only land they can immediately direct us to is in areas well outside our already broad range of suburbs we're looking at.
We just have to be patient I guess!
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