Sloping Blocks Make the Grade with New Homebuyers

McLachlan Homes display homes at Ellendale

Constructing a home on a sloping lot can lead to an enhanced lifestyle and improved environmentally sensitive design outcomes, say leading builders who are encouraging homebuyers to view graded blocks as ‘opportunities’.

Pathway Homes and McLachlan Homes, which both have displays on sloping lots in the Ellendale community at Upper Kedron, say these sites better allow homeowners to capture views and breezes, while creating stand-out bespoke designs.

Pathway Homes Builder and Director Peter Luckmann said the right sloping lot could ‘significantly increase your lifestyle’ and improve your re-sale value.

“Some people see sloping lots as challenges but we see them as opportunities, with any elevation offering enhanced views and the ability to orientate to maximise prevailing breezes,” he said.

“A sloping design features a second storey at the front or back of the home – depending on the direction of the grade – meaning you can create more opulence and street appeal.

“The design should be sympathetic to the individual lot, so you spend your money on clever design that mitigates site works – and as a custom builder, we do this at no extra cost.

“While there is a perception building on a sloping lot is more expensive, the favourable pricing of these blocks, means the end product generally works out similar to any block, yet you can achieve so much more with a design that improves lifestyle and makes an impact when it is time to sell.”

Mr Luckmann said the Pathway display at Ellendale – situated on a lot that sloped from back to front – was a prime example, with the four bedroom design making a dramatic statement from the street and overlooking a natural bushland corridor.

“The two storey elevation at the front is impressive, with the larger facade providing the opportunity to use different materials, further enhancing its street appeal,” he said. 

“The lower level is its own ‘wing’, featuring a bedroom with ensuite ideal for ‘multi-generational living’, with the ability for an older child or family member to come and go as they please.

“The slope also creates a ‘void’ under the home, which can be used down the track for an extension that does not impact the balance of the home.  For the design we display at Ellendale, this extension could be anything from a self-contained granny flat, to additional bedrooms, an office or games room.

“The upper level contains the balance of the living areas and its height from street level means increased privacy and amazing bush aspects from the balcony, where you can enjoy shade in the morning, while in the afternoon you can kick back by the rear pool.”

McLachlan Homes owner Brad McLachlan agreed sloping lots allowed buyers to create an individual design to suit their lifestyle and personality.

“The right design helps maximise the views as you go about your day-to-day living and allows you to be creative with how you use the space,” he said.

“It improves the opportunities for ‘zones’, for example a kids’ zone on the lower level, which is removed and private, yet part of the family space.

“All of this means your home design can be more interesting, with a combination of different levels and outlooks over stair voids and from balconies that is only limited by your imagination.”

Kitchen and Living in Pathway Homes display at Ellendale

McLachlan has two four-bedroom display homes at Ellendale showcasing the opportunities for sloping lot designs, including a home that features a fully-detached ‘apartment’ at the front of the property.

“We individually design homes for sloping lots and have 3D imaging technology, so you can see and experience the layout of the home, the architecture and outlook before you start building,” said Mr McLachlan.

Ellendale is being developed by publicly-listed Cedar Woods Properties just 12 kilometres from the Brisbane CBD, with 40 per cent of the site to be dedicated to conservation area and parkland.  

Cedar Woods’ Senior Development Manager, Peter Starr, said Ellendale featured a range of flat and sloping lots, ranging from 260sqm to 3,000sqm, with sloping blocks proving increasingly popular.

“What makes Ellendale so special is its leafy streets and bushland aspects, and the sloping lots allow our residents to take advantage of this picturesque outlook,” he said.

“While the community itself is surrounded by peaceful bushland surrounds, residents also love the fact they are just four minutes from the conveniences of Ferny Grove Shopping Village, within two kilometres of three schools and in easy commuting distance of the city.”

Sloping homesites at Ellendale start from $355,000 for a 390sqm lot and, for a limited time, those who purchase one of these lots will receive a $20,000 building bonus. 

For more information, please visit the Ellendale Sales Centre and Display Village, featuring a range of home designs from some of Queensland’s leading builders, open Saturday to Wednesday from 11am to 4pm at 324 Canvey Road in Upper Kedron, visit or call 1300 720 858.

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