DE­SIGNS FOR DIF­FI­CULT BLOCKS

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Ur­ban sprawl is a phe­nom­e­non that sends many home­own­ers search­ing fur­ther afield for their patch of heaven.

How­ever, ac­cord­ing to Mas­ter Builders’ dis­play vil­lage man­ager An­drew Rock­ley, we’re far from the days when buy­ing a plot of land guar­an­teed peo­ple a neat, level site on which to build their dream home.

Mr Rock­ley said pop­u­lar new de­vel­op­ment ar­eas were of­ten char­ac­terised by slop­ing land and hilly ter­rain.

“Even those who can af­ford the higher price tag of in­ner city liv­ing have to con­tend with smaller lots, un­even blocks and lim­ited ac­ces­si­bil­ity,” he said.

“I’m see­ing this trend more and more. With land de­vel­op­ment sites be­com­ing in­creas­ingly chal­leng­ing, slop­ing land con­struc­tion is a seg­ment of the res­i­den­tial mar­ket that will con­tinue to ex­pand.

“Even the knock down and re­build mar­ket is ex­pe­ri­enc­ing in­creased consumer de­mand for slop­ing land build so­lu­tions.”

To cater for this, many of Mas­ter Builders’ dis­play vil­lage builders are cre­at­ing in­no­va­tive de­signs that in­te­grate seam­lessly on chal­leng­ing blocks.

Mr Rock­ley said one Bris­bane-based builder at the fore­front of this type of con­struc­tion was Mas­ter Builders’ dis­play vil­lage builder Valeco Homes, which took out top hon­ours at Mas­ter Builders’ 2017 Queens­land Hous­ing and Con­struc­tion Awards re­cently, win­ning the Best use of Slop­ing Sites cat­e­gory for Agnew St in Nor­man Park.

Di­rec­tor of Valeco Homes Matthew Mob­sby said it over­came many dif­fi­cul­ties when build­ing the mod­ern fam­ily home on a slop­ing block with an 8.7m fall away from street level.

“The site had a sig­nif­i­cant gra­di­ent and lim­ited ac­cess, so con­struc­tion was par­tic­u­larly chal­leng­ing,” Mr Mob­sby said. “It was nec­es­sary for us to as­sess all key con­straints of the site at the front end, then ac­com­mo­date for them in the ac­tual de­sign of the home.”

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