DESIGNS FOR DIFFICULT BLOCKS
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.”