Building a House on a Sloped Lot

Building a House on a Sloped Lot

Can you build a house on a slope? Yes!

Are you looking for land for a waterfront custom home? You might have come across a few properties that look appealing, but they might sit on sloped land. How can you tell what kind of house you can build on it, and where? Would it work for your dream home? Consider these tips for building a house on a sloped lot, and let the experts at Shore-Line Construction help you find land and build your beautiful new home in Maryland.

Judging a Slope

Builders have determined the slope degrees that are easy, medium, and difficult on which to build. An 11-15% incline is easy for building, while an 11-20% incline has medium difficulty. Any slope 20 degrees or more is considered very difficult on which to install a foundation. You can see how your sloped lot compares if you can find the topography of your land of interest or an agent who can determine it.

How to Build a House on a Sloped Lot

Cut and Fill

One of the most popular ways to build a house on a sloped lot is to cut into the hillside and build the foundation directly into it. The construction workers may fill in the lot with soil to level the ground for the foundation. The house will be partially underground and could have a walkout basement.


You could also build the house on stilts that support the house over vegetation or water. These stilts could be wood, steel, or another reliable material. The result could be quite dramatic.

Why Build on a Slope?

Great Views

Is it worth building on a slope? You might enter your house on ground level, but at the back, you are high above the landscape. At your elevation, you will have a better chance of getting great views over the water. 


At a higher elevation, you can also enjoy more privacy in your home. You will want to take advantage of the views at the back, so more windows will be on the back wall than any other side. If you have a basement or walkout basement, you’ll have more privacy this way as well.


At Shore-Line Construction, we know that your home is a reflection of you. That’s why we strive to make each home we build as beautiful as the family who will live there. We work with each of our clients to design a home that fits their needs. The end result is a durable, energy-efficient custom home that the family will enjoy for generations to come. Shore-Line Construction has been serving our customers for over 25 years, and we look forward to the opportunity to help you!

If you’re interested in learning more about what Shore-Line Construction can do for you, check out our website or give us a call at 410-574-6623. Keep up with all of the latest news by following our blog and social media pages on Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, and Houzz!

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