Why Building On A Hill Might Not Be The Best Idea

When building a house, you want to find a plot of land that is perfectly suited for your property. One common question people have when building is whether or not it is a good idea to build on a hill or a slope.

Here is Below Ground’s guide to building on a hill.

Disadvantages Of Building On A Hill

Access Issues

The steeper the slope or hill, the harder it can be to work on the site. And the more difficult the task, the more expensive the bills. It can also be harder to lay a foundation properly when working on a slope, which is key to a building’s success.


Water will always drain away from a home due to the way it is built. However, when a building is built on a slope this can complicate matters. More complex plans and structures may need to be designed and built to allow for proper drainage, increasing the cost of the project.


If you’re on a hill erosion is going to be a massive concern. Even planning against it can be futile, as you never know what will happen in the future.

Advantages Of Building On A Hill

It’s not all doom and gloom! Building on a hill will normally get you a lot of natural light and great views. The slope also acts as built-in privacy, so you don’t even need a fence or anything to block nosy neighbours’ views. You can also incorporate a walk-out lower floor to your home, effectively having an extra floor of space to live and work in.

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