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HOW TO SELECT The Perfect Home For Your Lot

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Available, affordable land today often means a less-than-perfect building site. Or, perhaps a vacation home is in your future.

Many of these lots are extremely sloped whether near a river, lake or mountain backdrop. While these types of lots may appear at first challenging, sloping lots can offer many interesting design opportunities. These lots generally offer spectacular views that will inspire you to choose a home plan that includes panoramic windows and roomy outdoor living spaces. An atrium ranch is a great selection since it designed specifically for a sloping lot and takes full advantage by creating a wall of windows for taking in surrounding views across the rear of the home.

Sloping lots are often designed as beach houses, vacation homes or cottages. Even if you're not building on the beach, these homes look charming anywhere and can be customized to make your home a true stand-out wherever it is built.

Many sloping lots have walk-out basements to take advantage of the additional space on the foundation level. Some provide private living quarters or exceptional entertaining spaces in the lower level. Many windows can be added to flood this space with warm natural light so that it doesn't appear "like a dark basement", but more an extension of the living area perfect for family activities and entertaining.

By choosing a house plan that places the garage on the high side of the slope, you will minimize foundation costs and eliminate stairs to the garage. Keeping your garage on the main level does add convenience when carrying groceries and coming to and from your home as well. Alternatively, you can pick a plan with a drive under garage that makes perfect use of a sloping lot such as in the home shown below.

Traditional Home with Sloping Lot

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Sloping lots can lend space for the most beautiful homes large and small. Browse and search for the perfect home for a sloped or smaller lot.

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