For those in the market for a new home, the decision to build new rather than buy offers many benefits, especially being able to select the perfect home location and personalise the home design. However when it comes to the purchase of the land itself, buyers should think carefully about their design options when choosing land with contours or slopes, say local experts. Jai Younie, the drafting manager at Southern Vale Homes, says the contour of the land and soil classification play a big part of the end cost of your build as well as the design of the home itself. “If the lot contains fall, a buyer has two options,” he said. “They can either work with the land through creating a home design that has split levels and steps down/follows the contours that already exist; or work against the land by cutting in and introducing retaining walls. He advised cutting in and introducing a steep embankment could be a riskier option, however, due to the possibility of hitting rock, which could result in a more expensive process to either break or remove the rock.