How Split Level Homes are Maximizing Your Home ValueMarch 29, 2017
Are you in the market for a new home? Whether it’s your first foray into home ownership, or you’re a seasoned veteran, it can be a difficult landscape to navigate. The first big question that you need to ask yourself is around the location of your home. There’s no single right answer. It may be purchasing a block in an established suburb, or on the suburban fringe on land that is on hilly terrain. Here at VIC Underpinners, we’re passionate about ensuring that you get the most out of your property. And we’re not alone in this mission. That’s why today, we’re partnering with iBuildNew to discuss the best ways to leverage your property with a split level design.
While many single level homes can be slightly modified, or cut into the earth to accommodate sloping or difficult terrain, quite often a split-level design is the answer that you have been looking for.
Engaging the services of an architect is a great way to achieve your split-level home, but there are also a huge range of split level designs offered as standard by builders. When you go this route, you cut down on that high price tag that comes with a bespoke, architect developed solution.
These split level home designs are created with specialist knowledge, and can be customized to make the most of the natural features of your block, elevating the look and feel of your landscaping strategy as well. There are even specialist sloping block builders that have streamlined the process to make it a stress-free experience for all involved.
When talking to builders about split level home designs, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with industry jargon, so that you’re equipped to feel confident in the design decisions that you make.
There are four, commonly-referred to categories of sloping site homes:
- Stepped Design – A single “step down” is integrated into the design of the home. This accommodates for a fall of around 2 meters across the length of the house.
- Multi Stepped – Multiple “steps down” are integrated into the design of the home, to accommodate larger falls. This is ideal when the fall does not exceed three meters across the length of the house. This is generally the best option if you are after a larger home design.
- Split Level Design – A full split level home has multiple stories at a certain part of the home. There may be a single story at the front of the home, and a double story at the back.
- Conventional Design – Earthworks are conducted to make a cutting and create a large flat area for your new home. This is quite often not the ideal solution, as it can lead to steeper driveways, loss of views and high excavation costs, with retaining walls required at the rear of the house.
When looking at split level home designs, companies like iBuildNew make it easy to compare. Their comparison facilities offer a wide range of parameters, including preferred inclusions and ideal builders. This saves you time and effort.
There are so many benefits to building split-level homes. You’re able to leverage the panoramic views surrounding your property, maximize available natural light and potentially even limit building costs. Interested in learning more? Feel free to check out iBuildNew’s site, here.