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Storybook Love Sloping Sites


It's true that many in the building industry tend to prioritize level land when it comes to construction. However, in Storybook, we understand that not all land is perfectly level. We embrace natural topography to create unique and visually stunning homes. We don't believe in simply making land level at any cost, even if it means compromising on the aesthetic or functionality of your home. Instead, we take a thoughtful and creative approach to designing homes that harmonize with the surrounding landscape, whether a sloping block with a cliff behind it or a site with varying elevations. Our experienced team will work closely with you to design a home that maximizes the potential of your land, creating a seamless integration between your home and its natural surroundings. Don't settle for a home hidden in a hole or perched awkwardly on a slope - choose Storybook and let us bring your dream home to life, regardless of the land's topography.

Millingandi Homestead
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At Storybook, we take a completely different approach compared to the majors and unimaginative designers and builders out there. We reject the notion of simply making the land level and instead embrace the natural topography as a source of inspiration. We believe that by sculpting the architecture to the fall of the land, we can achieve superior and more affordable results, even though it may require more creativity in the design process. We aim to minimize site cuts, work harmoniously with the land's natural features, and reduce costs. We understand that excavation costs, drainage requirements, engineered retaining walls, and soil removal can add significant expenses to a project. By working with the existing topography, we can often reduce or eliminate these additional costs, providing our clients with a more efficient and cost-effective solution. When you choose Storybook, you can trust that our experienced team will design a home that complements the land and ensures that your budget is optimized. Let us show you how we can create a remarkable home that harmonizes beautifully with the natural landscape while keeping costs in check.

Mountain View Homestead
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Our sloping land architecture at Storybook is carefully designed to achieve a range of important objectives:

  1. Fabulous street appeal: We understand the significance of creating a visually stunning home that stands out in its surroundings. Our designs consider the slope of the land to create a beautiful home that enhances the property's overall appeal.
  2. Comfortable vehicle access and car accommodation: We prioritize practicality and functionality, ensuring that our designs incorporate easy and convenient access for vehicles, including driveways, parking spaces, and garages. We optimize the use of the available space to accommodate your car parking needs.
  3. Optimum advantage of views: If your sloping land offers scenic views, we seize the opportunity to maximize the enjoyment of these vistas. Our designs strategically position living areas, windows, and outdoor spaces to capture and showcase the surrounding natural beauty.
  4. Practical and exciting interior layouts: Our architects are skilled at creating interior layouts that make the most of the sloping land. We design functional and captivating living spaces that take advantage of the site's unique characteristics, ensuring a seamless flow and maximizing the available space.
  5. Good access to indoor/outdoor living areas and decks: We recognize the importance of seamless transitions between indoor and outdoor spaces. Our designs incorporate well-designed access points to outdoor living areas, decks, and gardens, allowing you to enjoy your sloping land and its surroundings fully.
  6. Comfortable access to garden areas: We prioritize practicality and ease of use when it comes to accessing garden areas on sloping land. We consider the slope in our designs to create safe and convenient pathways and steps that connect different levels of the garden, ensuring comfortable access to gardening and leisure activities.
  7. Cost efficiencies: Our approach to sloping land architecture is not only focused on aesthetics and functionality but also on cost efficiencies. By working with the natural topography, we aim to minimize the need for extensive earthworks, retaining walls, and other costly interventions, resulting in a more efficient and cost-effective construction process.

At Storybook, we believe that sloping land offers unique opportunities for creativity and innovation in architectural design. Our team of experts is dedicated to delivering exceptional homes that embrace the challenges and potential of sloping sites while ensuring your satisfaction and maximizing the value of your investment.

Yarra Valley Manor
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At Storybook, we approach sloping land design with thoroughness and precision to ensure the best possible outcome for our clients. Here's a breakdown of our process:

  1. 3D modelling: We create a detailed 3D computer model of the site using the information provided by a professional feature survey. This model allows us to visualize the unique characteristics and topography of the land.
  2. Analysis of regulations and constraints: Our team meticulously studies all relevant regulations and constraints related to the site, including driveway access requirements, setback guidelines, building height restrictions, and considerations for neighbouring properties, such as privacy and overshadowing. We also take into account existing vegetation and any other site-specific factors.
  3. Determining the building envelope: Using the information gathered, we create another 3D model representing the potential building envelope within the site. This helps us determine the feasible home design space while complying with permit requirements and regulations.
  4. Design solutions within the envelope: Our experienced designers work within the determined building envelope to create design solutions that meet the client's requirements in terms of appearance, functionality, and cost. We carefully consider the challenges and opportunities presented by the slope of the land to create innovative and practical designs.
  5. The artistry of split-level and multi-level architecture: Designing for sloping sites requires unique skills and creativity. Our gifted and experienced designers possess the necessary expertise to navigate the complexities of split-level and multi-level architecture. They merge their artistic talents with technical know-how to craft visually stunning and functional homes.
  6. Embracing the challenges: At Storybook, we have never shied away from the challenges of sloping sites. In fact, approximately 60% of our work revolves around designing for sloping land. We embrace the opportunities presented by these sites and strive to create exceptional homes that make the most of their unique characteristics.

You could say that Storybook, unlike the building industry generally, specialises in solving the problems of the slope. The Storybook consultants will show you numerous examples of the type of architecture suitable for land like yours.

Woodleigh Estate
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Indeed, at Storybook, we take pride in our specialization in solving the challenges posed by sloping land. Our dedicated team of Storybook consultants is well-versed in designing for various types of sloping sites and can provide you with a wealth of examples showcasing architecture that is ideally suited for land like yours.
During your consultation, our consultants will take the time to understand your specific requirements, preferences, and the unique characteristics of your sloping site. They will then present you with a range of examples and designs that demonstrate how we can create stunning and functional homes that maximize the potential of your land.
These examples will showcase our designs' versatility, encompassing various architectural styles, layouts, and features. Whether you envision a contemporary masterpiece, a charming cottage, or a luxurious retreat, our consultants will guide you through the possibilities and help you find the perfect design solution for your sloping site.
By presenting you with numerous examples, we aim to inspire and provide you with a clear understanding of the type of architecture that can be achieved on your land. Our goal is to ensure that you feel confident and excited about the possibilities that await you in creating your dream home on a sloping site.
So, schedule your appointment with a Storybook consultant today. Let us guide you through the architectural possibilities tailored to your sloping land.

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