Factors in Building a New Home on a Sloped Property

There are several distinct factors to consider when building a new home on a given property lot, and one additional such factor for some is the presence of a hill or slope on the property. Many parts of Utah are pretty hilly, to say the least, and if you’re preparing to build a home on a property with slopes or inclines, it’s important to take the proper steps and consider a few basics.

At Pine Tree Construction, we’re here to help with this and numerous other areas of new home and building construction, one of several high-quality general contractor services we offer to clients throughout Utah. If you’re among those considering building your new home in an area with hills or slopes involved, here are some general themes we’ll go over with you and factors we’ll help you identify to make the process smooth and simple.

Slope Types

Firstly, you’ll want to consider the type or types of slope present on the property you’re considering building on. Generally speaking, there are four such types:

  • Up-slope: A situation where hills or slopes cause the potential home to be looking out over the road or a landscape – the front of the house rises up to the back.
  • Down-slope: Similar to up-slope, but the inverse – where the back of the houses rises up to the front. Generally, down-slope plots are easier to manage from a construction standpoint than up-slope plots.
  • Sideslope: When a moderate slope only impacts one side or section of the building.
  • Rolling slope: Refers to a varying slope that’s relatively minor in most spots, but may have sections of more significant slope.

Slope Incline

In addition to the type of slope present on your property, you’ll also need to know the slope’s incline, or gradient measure. Broadly, homebuilders have three classifications for incline:

  • Slight slope: An incline under 10%
  • Moderate slope: An incline between 11% and 20%
  • Steep slope: Any incline 20% or higher

As you surely guessed, a steeper slope is more challenging to build on in most cases. Speak to our pros about both the slope type and incline to get an idea of the challenges you’ll face and how we’ll help you conquer them.

Other Important Factors

Some other important factors to keep in mind during this process:

  • Geo study and soil analysis report: This will tell you about soil conditions and whether the area in question is safe to build on, plus give information on ideal foundation materials and other important elements.
  • Topographical map: Will help you understand what you can build and how much of the land can be used as a footprint for the eventual structure.
  • Property location
  • Local code requirements, which will vary depending on precisely where you live.

For more on building a home on a sloped property, or to learn about any of our general contractor or home addition services, speak to the staff at Pine Tree Construction today.