That presents a number of design challenges.
The first upward sloping block challenge is to ensure that the home itself has a nice flow with minimal steps throughout. Building on a sloping block often results in internal steps and level changes on steep blocks. They’re simply unavoidable but can be cleverly positioned as living zones transition from one space to another. That’s exactly what happened with this magnificent design and the clever use of retaining walls helped achieve it.
The block slopes upwards from the street and is quite a steep slope resulting in earthworks and retaining walls along both side boundaries as well as the rear of the property. Retaining walls and extensive siteworks always means additional cost however the costs can be minimised with efficient design.
For the owners, the floor plan shows the Garage entry opens up into the stairwell on the ground level to take them directly to the main floor. Or they can chill out in the Man Cave that features a personal bar complete with fridge and sink.
The Man Cave itself is large enough for a home theatre room and includes a large sliding door opening to the side path. The featured man cave is something most men would love to include in their dream home. A convenient powder room is also downstairs.
On the main floor level is the front entry found at the top of the outdoor staircase that also features a mid-way landing which breaks up the flight of stairs nicely. This also allows for easy access to the side planter beds at each raised level.
The contrasting feature bricks adds an inviting highlight to the entrance and is carried through inside to the foyer.
The master suite is located at the front of the home with a personal balcony, large walk in robe and ensuite with oversized shower and double vanity plus enclosed toilet.
Two minor bedrooms with a shared bathroom are spacious and share a curved feature wall adding additional design interest as guests make their way through to the main living areas at the rear of the home.
The main living area includes a large chefs kitchen complete with island bench and plenty of cupboards and drawers for maximum storage space. The dining and living areas open up the living with direct access to the large covered alfresco that includes a BBQ recess for the perfect nights outdoor entertaining.
Four steps can be found internally at the end of the hallway, right before the main living area. This results in a split level home creating three unique levels. The lower level for the Man Cave and Garage, the mid level for the bedrooms and the upper level for the living areas, home office and outdoor alfresco.
If you have an upward sloping block or a sloping site and would like a custom house plans to suit your lifestyle, then contact us today for a free design consultation.