Difficult Blocks

With a flexible and imaginative approach, difficult sites present great opportunities.

Designing and building for difficult blocks

Homesites come in all shapes and sizes – sloping block builds, narrow home design or sometimes just an irregular shape. The benefits of these blocks often outweigh the challenges as long as your vision is approached intelligently by architects experienced in the demands of smart design.


Maximising your design

It is possible to achieve an impressive innovative design on a difficult site – and realise an exciting place you can call home. No matter the degree of difficulty, there is always a way a challenging site can be transformed into a beautiful home.

A collage of three images the top is the exterior of a sloping two storey house custom home built by Destination Living the bottom left is a wooden deck and barbecue out looking a nice view of greenery and the bottom right is the hallway of a new home with a dark staircase

Architectural designs of a three storey house on a sloping block

What is a difficult site?

Destination Living brings great experience in developing difficult sites including those with unseen constraints. Examples of difficult site we have developed include:

  1. Narrow, sloping or irregular shaped blocks
  2. Issues with services such as water, power or gas
  3. Easement and overlays such as for heritage or for trees
  4. Natural such as fire, flood or coastal issues
  5. Building conversions including commercial to residential
  6. Issues from surrounding properties including Overshadowing
Iconography of a culculator with an orange dollar sign to the right handside. Representing Destination Living's building calculator.

Calculate the cost of building your custom home on a difficult block

No two blocks are ever the same, each comes with its own unique challenges and intricacies. With over twenty years of experience in designing and building custom homes on blocks of all shapes and sizes, we can help you calculate the cost of your project.

Helpful Articles for Difficult Blocks

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