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Trying to decide on up hill or down hill lot

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I've got two lots on the same road here in fairbanks alaska for ease of explaining they are the same lot one is on the up hill side of the road and the other is on the down hill side. As far as excavation goes for my house which is typically the cheaper way to go. Also anybody got any preferences one way or the other? I think I like the uphill side better because I feel like I could get a better view that way. Any help would be awesome I've been lurking here for a while seems like there is a lot of knowledgeable people here.
Thanks

Seems to me it depends to a (post #211693, reply #1 of 7)

Seems to me it depends to a large degree on how you want to access the house.  You can have a house with a walk-out basement, eg, and you might want that on the front or the back.


Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.  --Herman Melville

in terms of ease, i would say (post #211693, reply #2 of 7)

in terms of ease, i would say uphill. if your grade is close to the same on both sides of the road you are essentially building the same house with the same considerations in mind. i would prefere to work up hill that down.

My grade is pretty much (post #211693, reply #3 of 7)

My grade is pretty much identical on both lots.  about 80 feet of drop in 200 feet. is there any reason why working up hill is preferable or is that just a personal preferance.  I'm trying to figure out the cheapest excavation possible as I'll be building this house out of pocket and one step at a time so having a cheaper 1st step would help.

that is a pretty steep hill. (post #211693, reply #5 of 7)

that is a pretty steep hill. yeah, would chose the up hill for sure. it is a personal preference. Feel a lot more comfortable working up hill specially with machinery. 

are you doing the earth work or are you getting someone to do it? 

if you are contracting it out just ask if one would cost less than the other, lots of things to take into consideration with that decision. 

OK thanks its a good thing (post #211693, reply #6 of 7)

OK thanks its a good thing cause the lower land went pending on friday anyways.  I will doing the majority of the dirtwork myself (I have a little time behind a excavator) and a friend who runs equipment doing the final touches for the foundation.  my biggest thought is that i shouldnt have to bring in as much fill if im working up hill am I right or a little off the mark?

Uphill easier and cheaper, (post #211693, reply #7 of 7)

Uphill easier and cheaper, dump the dig from the uphill lot onto the lower lot. 

However, if the lower lot has a lot of downhill in back of it, then you can just shove dirt out the back, no need to drag it across the road.

Or, if upper lot has enough uphill, build at top and shove dirt toward the street away from drive. 

How much difference in grade (post #211693, reply #4 of 7)

How much difference in grade are you talking about, between the front and the back of the house?


Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.  --Herman Melville