Head for the hills, where the air is clean, the timbers tall, and you can see forever. The romance of high and hilly country captures many a heart and what’s more perfect in this setting than a charming traditional cottage nestled among the gums or a high character modern home. However, it seems that the designing of buildings for sloping sites is architecturally challenging, so much so, that it is difficult to find obliging builders and designers who do other than pole homes or the stark boxy modern look.
An exception is Storybook Cottages, with literally thousands of Split Level Designs & Homes for Sloping Sites tailored specifically to suit each unique situation. Phil Malcolm the designer explains “The aim is for Charm, Character and Function. On sloping sites we sculpt the homes to the natural contours, hugging the land to avoid extensive site works. This enables optimum indoor / outdoor connection for entertaining and enjoyment of the garden and outdoors. Upper levels with vaulted ceilings, extensive glass and decks create dramatic high character rooms from which to appreciate the views.
The designs cater for all slopes up to 30 degrees. The beautiful example featured above (built on an 18° slope) has 3 levels. The top has a magnificent open living, meals, kitchen area with a large viewing balcony. The mid level contains the entry, powder room and formal living / billiards room and master suite, below we find generously sized bedrooms including an additional rumpus / entertaining area and decks.