Constructing Your Log Home on a Slope

September 26, 2017

Many log homes have been successfully constructed on slopes. While the idea of building on a slope sounds difficult or complex, the advantages most certainly outweigh the challenges. Consider the breathtaking views and natural lighting that come with building your log home on a slope. These are only a couple of the benefits you’ll experience. At Spectrum Construction, we don’t let a little uneven ground get in our way of delivering a quality and beautiful log home. Let us help you design and construct the log home of your dreams!

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Advantages

Opting to build your home on a slope has many benefits. From natural lighting to reducing your environmental impact, building your log home on a slope is everything you want from a log home in the woods.

If you are looking for a home with a view, then building your log home on a slope is the best option. Building on a slope provides stunning views of the nearby lake or mountains, as well as the feeling of being immersed in the forest. A stronger sense of isolation comes with building your home on a slope.

You can also maximize space and lighting by building your home on a slope. Economically increase your home’s square footage with a walkout level or basement along with extra upper levels. Unlike traditional basements, a log home built on a slope allows more daylight to enter the lower level. Log homes built on a slope can also be constructed in a way that will better capture natural lighting throughout the entire home. If you plan on having multiple levels in your home, make sure to check with local building codes and height restrictions to ensure that your home meets regulations. Not only does building on a slope increase the interior space of your home, but also provides space for multiple outdoor living areas as well.

Building a home on a slope means less excavation, especially if the slope has a gentle grade of less than 10%. Prior to beginning excavation, working with a professional designer is ideal and will better help you utilize the natural landscape. This will provide you with a better idea of how to maximize views and the importance of principle design ideas.

Lastly, building your home on a slope lessens your environmental impact. Co-exist with the surrounding environment more than you would if you were to build your home on a flat foundation. If your home is situated close enough into the hill, a rooftop garden is viable, thus replacing the footprint of the house. Terraced-strips of vegetation can also be placed among the property to better help your property blend in with its surroundings.

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Challenges

While there are many reasons why you should build your home in a slope, a few challenges do exist.

Additional site preparation and foundation work might be required for a log home built on a slope. For this reason, you should expect to spend more money on the foundation than you would on a flat foundation site. In addition, the need for more excavation will require more time needed to construct the log home. Retaining walls might also be necessary to keep soil in place after the soil is cut for the foundation.

Although excavation might be less for some log homes built on a slope, others might not be as simple. Log homes situated on a steeper hill might need additional grading. Therefore, log homes built on a steeper slope will most likely require additional, more complex equipment such as backhoes, loaders and rammers.

The biggest challenge has nothing to do with the slope itself, but rather the ease of accessibility to the location of the site. The first step is determining whether a driveway needs to be constructed. Transportation of materials might be more costly if trucks have a harder time accessing your home. In addition, the cost of the driveway construction might require more attention to detail, especially if building codes require your driveway to have emergency access.

Planning

Your new home should be given a lot of though and consideration before jumping into this immense project. Thoughtful planning and a certified contractor go a long way, especially when adding extra factors such as slope. Keep in mind that extra excavation work will add time to the construction process.

Reviewing a topographical survey can give you a better idea of the lay of the land and if you’ve selected the most optimal site possible. Walk the potential plot with the contractor to get a better feel for the location. Consider drainage and the movement of water. Will you need to divert water flow away from the site? Decide where the best place to install a well or a septic system is. Keep the location of your prospective log home in mind. How accessible is the location? Will guests and visitors have difficulty getting to your home? And lastly, think about where you want the most natural light in your home.

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After you’ve taken all of these circumstances into consideration, call Spectrum Construction at 970.731.9168 to schedule a consultation. We are here to answer any questions or concerns that you may have in regards to building your home on a slope. Don’t wait to get started on your new log home!

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https://www.artisanloghomes.com/building-a-log-home-on-a-slope-pros-and-cons/

https://www.precisioncraft.com/log-homes-blog/building-land-slope/

https://loghome.com/articles/article/building-on-a-slope

http://deepcreeklakeloghomes.com/