Looking to build but don’t want to sacrifice on design functionality or have to spend a small fortune excavating your steep, sloping block? Metricon has you covered. Introducing the Botanica 36. We’ve re-imagined one of our most popular designs to bring you a split-level solution that means you can build your dream home without having to compromise on the floorplan or features, finding a flat parcel of land or spending extra time and money excavating your existing block.

Split-level homes offer enormous potential for flexible living, for highlighting beautiful views or for taking full advantage of interesting blocks of land - including slopes. A sloping block refers to land that has uneven levels of elevation from one end to the other, with a rise or fall of three metres or more generally considered quite steep. 

“We’ve done split levels in other states before but they’ve only been a maximum of 1 to 1.5m falls across the site,” Metricon design manager Ricky D’Alesio says. “In South Australia, it’s a very different story. The topography there is a lot more undulating so increaing numbers or people are looking for homes that will work on sloping blocks.
"This block had six metres of fall from front to back so we really needed to think about how we were going to display a home that has 6m of fall but still create plenty of interest and wow-factor.”

And there’s plenty of both from the moment you set eyes on it.“This home features the Resort façade, which has a nice, Australiana feel to it,” Ricky says. “We’ve gone with a rustic, 50ml brick coupled with earthy-toned renders to help it blend in with nature. With lots of massive gumtrees and kangaroos around, set against a backdrop of green grass and rolling hills, we though the Resort façade would present really well.”

The inspiration behind this four bedroom, two bathroom Designer by Metricon home, which is on display at Craigburn Farm in South Australia, was to create something that would embrace, celebrate and accentuate South Australia’s striking, rolling landscapes.

Rather than a cookie-cutter solution that would cater to sloping land but compromise on design features or impact the functionality of the floorplan, the Botanica 36 can be customised to your needs and tailored to suit varying levels of elevation.

“We had to redesign the home to accommodate the split levels,” he explains. Instead of stepping into the home and having a series of steps down right after the entry - as is the case in many sloping block designs -  the aim with the Botanica was to gently bring it down in levels.

“A lot of homes you walk in and go straight down,” Ricky says. “But what we’ve done is gradually stepped the home down to suit the fall of the land. This meant staging the pouring of concrete to create splits at different levels.”

Though this process can be more costly, the final result is worth it for the added interest and impact is delivers to the overall aesthetic. “Once you’re in the home – it’s incredible,” Ricky says. “The master suite is located on the top level, off the main entry, and has a lovely, private courtyard which can be accessed from the bedroom as well as the ensuite. There’s even an integrated seat out there which is a really nice touch.”

Continue along the central corridor and you’ll step down to a mid-level, from which you can gain access to the laundry and extra linen storage, before descending into the open-plan kitchen, living and dining area. With corner sliding doors that can completely open up, seamlessly integrating the L-shaped living and dining spaces with the undercover outdoor room - this area is a real show-stopper.

“Being able to capture views of the rolling hills and beyond is something we think is quite special about this design,” Ricky says. “While it has the same DNA as the original Botanica, once you start introducing changes of levels, it feels completely different and adds a layer of interest and detail that you don’t often get with standard single-storey homes.”

The Botanica 36 is on display at Blackwood Park Estate; 48 Blackwood Park Boulevard
Craigburn Farm, 5051

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