A Clever Sloping Block Home Design Built in Greystanes
A young couple, Vini and Sheena, came to us with a significant challenge – to help them build their home on a sloping block, which other builders had advised them to abandon. They were ready to walk away from their project until they walked into our display homes at HomeWorld Kellyville.
The dedicated Hall & Hart team stepped up and helped the couple find solutions; within budget and tailored for their lifestyle. Their beautiful new home even includes a bespoke fishing room and side access for Vini’s boat.
Find out how we helped this lovely couple start their married life in their custom sloping block dream home…
The Journey to Knockdown Rebuild
Vilash (“Vini”) Reddy and Sheena Patel had wisely bought a property in the up-and-coming, family-friendly area of Greystanes before the big Sydney property boom. They bided their time and rented it out until they were ready to transform it.
“We always knew we wanted to live in Greystanes; moving out of the area wasn’t an option!”
“However, all the houses were either out of our price range or renovators. We wanted a fresh start and new memories. It’s not the same when you renovate and inherit a world of unknown problems! Budget blowouts are common with an old home like ours. A knock down rebuild seemed to be the way to go.”
“We were also realistic. We knew it’s never as easy as it looks on those renovation TV shows!"
Deciding to Knockdown Rebuild, Vini and Sheena began an intense research phase, visiting display homes and talking with builders. The two were sceptical of many project home builders as they’d heard horror stories from family and friends.
A common complaint about project home builders is their reputation for aggressive sales tactics. Also many home builders didn't want to build a new home on a sloping site. All of this was compounded by a lack of urgency and care factor when the project gets started. ‘’We didn’t get that from Hall & Hart” Vini said.
Working with a young couple who were making a huge commitment financially, the whole team were dedicated to making sure they got the home of their dreams, within budget.
Designing for the sloping block
Our design team got to work on customised home design options for Vini and Sheena, and they were both a big part of this process.
“We lost count of how many builders we spoke to, who told us what we wanted to hear…but for a steep price! Many builders were hesitant to work with our sloping land and one even told us to ‘sell and buy a house and land package’ from them, further away from central Sydney.”
Not wanting to look for other blocks of land that weren't sloping just to please the builders, the couple felt deflated. It wasn’t until Hall & Hart got to work that they were put at ease.
“The team were so passionate about working with us. They embraced the challenge of our sloping site and worked within our budget.”
They also wanted the very best for their new home, without an extortionate price tag.
Clearing the Path
We’re conscious that the pre-construction phase can be overwhelming for clients, especially for a young couple who have never built before. Going through the home designing phase then council approvals, colour selections and appointments – all of this can be extremely daunting!
We knew that attention to detail was important to Vini and Sheena, and that they wanted to be involved in every step of the process.
Vini and Sheena worked with us to build a custom home with a classic façade. While others had tried to push them into a split-level home, we presented them with a range of design options.
Getting to know Vini and Sheena we knew we had a fishing enthusiast at heart. Vini just loves fishing, so we worked with him to build a custom fishing cupboard under the stairs, tiling it for easy storage. The house was also designed to allow for side access to comfortably fit his boat.
Creating Affordable Luxury
“The packages they offered were great value for money! We barely had to opt for upgrades in our selections because the packages we were offered already included most of the premium finishes we were looking for.”
The result is a beautiful, 30 sqm family home which is based on our Sienna floorplan but customised to building on a sloping block.
A Charmed Project
Vini and Sheena were planning their wedding at the same time and the team did everything we could to make this time as streamlined as possible giving the couple peace of mind that progress was being made.
“Hall & Hart made an already stressful time much less stressful for us. For that we will always be grateful.”
“Plus, the quick turnaround for the build was impressive! They fully understood our personal circumstances and that we were getting married, so they did everything possible to ensure the home was ready in time for our wedding.”
Always Part of the Hall & Hart Family
Working with Hall & Hart means you become part of an extended family. Everyone from our directors to our home designers are fully invested in each project and get to know every client.
“All of the team were fantastic to deal with. We never felt like we were a burden with our million and one questions. Being a young couple building for the first time, trust me, we had plenty of questions!”
Their project manager, Michael, was on call whenever the couple needed him.
“We are both borderline OCD and he did an exceptional job at managing this and meeting our expectations!”
Vini and Sheena love their new home and constantly receive fantastic feedback on their new home.
“We can confidently say thanks to Hall & Hart our home is one of the best on the street!”
The final sloping design is shown following the contours of the block which slopes down from the front to the back. The rear of the house is elevated with a wonderful feature deck that steps down to the backyard garden.
It’s Not Goodbye
The couple ended up building such a strong bond with the Hall & Hart team, they felt sad when it was over!
“When we received our keys, it was almost bittersweet. We were so excited to get the keys to our new home but the team that we had grown to love (and speak to so frequently) would no longer be in our lives.”
This, of course, wasn’t the case. Michael regularly checks in and follows up on the build. Our incredible team genuinely care – and we’ll always be there for our extended Hall & Hart family.
“We would most definitely build with Hall & Hart again! Their workmanship speaks volumes and so many friends and family have asked who we built with because they have never seen such a positive experience.”
We look forward to working with Vini and Sheena on another home, as their life evolves. For now, though, they have another project in the works – a baby!
Congratulations from everyone at Hall & Hart. We’re honoured to be part of your journey.
If you'd like to customise one of our plans to suit your sloping site, then contact us today and experience the wonderful difference a flexible home builder can make to your home building journey.