Last updated on February 1st, 2023 at 01:44 am
Building on a sloping site? A split-level home design is one of the most effective and sustainable options for uneven blocks of land, as they are designed to follow the natural slope. When building your dream home, this allows you to take advantage of every square metre, while introducing the potential for interesting design elements, such as multi-level living spaces.
We’re big fans of split-level living at Achieve Homes, so here are some ways to take advantage of it if you’re thinking of a similar design.
Split-level design homes naturally harness sustainability by deploying many environmentally friendly elements other home designs must adapt to include.
A split-level design minimises the site’s earthwork because homes are built to the contours of the land. This helps reduce wastage and the energy required to move soil.
The right design also allows for ample natural daylight to cleverly illuminate each space. Split-level spaces also allow for regulated airflow which encourages natural ventilation, making it easier to maintain a consistent temperature. As such, energy efficiency is a given.
No matter where your home is located, it is highly likely that you will have a higher vantage point than your neighbours or other houses in your area. Split-level designs allow you to take full advantage of this positioning, offering the opportunity for amazing views of your surrounding area, whether that be a cityscape, greenery or even the ocean. Best of all, because you are working with the natural slope of the land, your new home has the potential to be architecturally significant without disrupting the streetscape.
Split-level designs allow you to take advantage of every square metre of your block, incorporating additional elements like a front and back garden, with an outdoor entertaining area and even a pool.
As they overlap the floor space, these types of dwellings can spread further over a block of land. This means the potential for larger living spaces, as well as the introduction of utility rooms or other areas that may have not fit in a single-storey home design.
One of the best ways to take advantage of a split-level design is to let your imagination run wild with the layout and design. You can work with your block of land and surrounding landscapes to maximise views and introduce unique design elements, such as multi-level living spaces, or spreading the bedrooms across two or three levels. If you have teenagers, you may want to include all ‘parent’ rooms – such as a master bedroom, bathroom and walk-in robe – on one level, and ‘children’ rooms on another (think rumpus room, bedrooms and shared bathroom) to allow for additional privacy.
These half-level features will make your home feel more spacious and as a result, more luxurious. You can also apply this creative approach to your home’s exterior, adding architectural flair to achieve something a little different.
Wondering how you can incorporate split-level building in your dream project? Get in touch with our friendly team at Achieve Homes today.
Jason was recommended by a friend to build with Achieve Homes! Find out what he had to say about why he chose us to build his forever home.
We built a gorgeous new home in Strathnairn for Daniel & Chyanne’s growing family. Find out why they decided to go with Achieve Homes!
David & Sophie decided to build their family home in Googong with Achieve Homes! Take a look at their lovely new home.
Check out what Kerri had to say about why she chose to build a new home in Googong instead of buying an established home.
Take a look at Danny & Nikki’s brand new Ginninderry home and find out what they had to say about why they built with us.