There are many different ways to make that dream take the shape of an actual home. Whether the surrounding environment is urban or country, and the views are mountains, water or even desert, designers and architects have developed many commonly used concepts and design principles for an artfully built hillside home. Many have mastered the blend of form and function, truly taking advantage of what building on a hillside has to offer.
If your hillside home is still in the dream stage and you’re in need of some ideas, here are seven concepts and themes for a little inspiration:
Natural materials. Homes can easily blend into the natural hillside and surroundings by utilizing natural building materials. This hillside home in San Francisco utilizes wood and stone in its design, while the dark wood and exterior wood chips on this modern home help it blend naturally.
Coexisting with the environment. The right design has the ability to reinforce the natural site the home is built upon. The best concepts create a feeling that the home has grown from the ground and is part of the landscape, like this contemporary homehttp://www.houzz.com/photos/1849736/Dani-Ridge-House-contemporary-exterior-san-francisco or this desert oasis.
Maximizing the views. Naturally, the biggest draw of a hillside home is access to the views of the surrounding environment through large, oversized modern windows and doors. This home maximizes its front-facing view, while the back of this hillside home is almost entirely all glass with walls that open.
Landscaping concepts. Many hillside homes naturally have a minimal environmental footprint, and it is common to replant the site back to its natural state, like this home. The right landscaping concepts can make the home truly feel like it is part of the hillside on which it was built, like this contemporary example.
Light on multiple levels. Another benefit of a steeply sloping site is that it can allow for multiple levels of the home to have access to natural light and multiple views, like this home in Manhattan Beach.
Terraced outdoor spaces. Homes successfully built into a hillside often include terraced outdoor spaces, like walkways or patios that flow directly into the landscape and allow both environments to merge, like this modern home in San Francisco.
Access to rooftops. Some steep grades can create rooftop access for hillside homes, allowing more of the structure to be occupied. The roof of this eco-friendly home was transformed into a vegetated landscape to replace the footprint of the structure.