Building Home Additions on Sloped Lots

Many homes in Northern Virginia are built on sloped lots. A sloped lot used to mean that a home had to occupy a flat spot on the property. Thanks to modern designs and technology, a hillside now provides the perfect opportunity for a Northern Virginia home addition. A home that is a single story or one-and-a-half stories tall in the front can be extended in the back by two-story and three-story additions. This can double or even triple the home’s square footage without overwhelming the original design from the front.

Some ideas for the main floor of a sloped yard addition include a master bedroom, extended kitchen, upper deck, sunroom or even a guest room with a balcony. This leaves space on the lower level of your Northern Virginia home addition for a playroom, bedroom, home office, patio, storage room or garage. Depending on the grade of the slope, the foundation can be gradually stepped or may be deep enough for a walk-out lower level featuring walls at full height.

For homes on sloped lots that already have a garage addition, this can be converted into a room or several rooms, while a new garage addition can be added onto another part of the house. A second story over the garage is another possibility. You could also add a set of stairs connecting the back of the house from floor to floor for added convenience.

When planning an addition or a whole home remodel in Northern Virginia that involves sloping property, it is helpful to have an architectural designer on staff who is familiar with the structural requirements for this type of project. Using a design-build firm is critical in achieving the right weight-bearing changes to your home’s structure.

Foster Remodeling’s design-build team has experience in sloping property and structural design. Contact our office at (703) 339-1678 for more information.