Some Key Considerations of Building a House on a Slope in Pakistan

Highlights of the Post:
Advantages of Mountain Houses
Building a Mountain House in Pakistan

Mountain houses are most commonly found in the hilly and mountainous regions of Pakistan such as Islamabad and Murree. In fact, it is one of the many reasons why investors and property seekers invest in the real estate market of the capital city. While the idea of building a mountain house and living in one sounds exhilarating, executing the concept can be a little challenging.

There are a lot of considerations involved in this process. To make the process seamless, we have compiled a simple guide that will help you understand the perks of building a mountain house. Afterwards, we will also give you a few tips to successfully execute the process. 

So, without further ado, let’s start constructing! 

Perks of Building a Mountain House in Pakistan  

Advantages of Building a Mountain House
Mountain houses are a great vacation house

Before anything else, it’s important to understand whether building a cliff house is beneficial or not. Apart from the spectacular nature, there are a lot of other advantages to building a house in the mountains. These advantages include:

  • Scenic View
  • Perfect Holiday Destination
  • Spacious Surrounding
  • Greater Privacy

Scenic View

Who doesn’t enjoy being surrounded by green meadows, forests, flowers, and wilderness while walking under the vast blue sky above? Now imagine living in a location that offers everything there is to soothe your soul, body, and mind. 

Natural beauty is one of the many reasons why homebuyers often opt for mountain homes. They are attracted by the serenity of the mountainous regions. 

Perfect Holiday Destination

Since mountain homes offer scenic views and are coupled with natural beauty, they make a perfect holiday destination. 

Building and owning a mountain house is great in terms of investment and the returns it yields. A majority of people in Pakistan head to the mountains during holidays to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. 

In such cases, your mountain house can serve as a personal vacation house or it can be rented out to individuals looking for a temporary residence. In fact, as long as you aren’t using the mountain house, you can rent it out as a guesthouse and earn a positive return on your initial investment.

Spacious Surrounding 

Mountain Homes have spacious surroundings
Unlike urban settlements, mountain houses have spacious surrounding

Most housing schemes in urban settings are crowded with commercial markets, traffic, and several houses clustered together. It is difficult to find a spot where you can relax without something buzzing around all the time. 

In comparison with city houses, building a mountain house can provide a peaceful environment to unwind. 

Greater Privacy 

Since mountain houses are less crowded, the neighbourhoods are widespread, and not clustered together. This provides a much more spacious surrounding but also gives the owners a greater sense of privacy. This is a huge plus for individuals who are planning to invest in mountain houses.

Now that we’ve discussed the benefits of building a mountain house, let’s take a look at some that can be useful when constructing a mountain house.  

Tips for Building a Mountain House in Pakistan

First thing first: building a mountain home is a lot more difficult than building a regular house. It is mostly because mountain houses are constructed on inclined land instead of levelled ones. 

The level of difficulty is determined depending on whether the area available for construction is based on an upslope or downslope. Building a house on the upslope is costlier than building one on the downslope.

Furthermore, there are two main methods of starting the construction of a mountain home. You can either choose the most common method of first levelling the ground and filling it up to create a foundation or you could use woods and steel columns to create a foundation.

Here are a few tips we have combined that you might need when building a house in the mountains:

  • Build Strong Foundations
  • Well-Planned Construction
  • Drainage and Seepage
  • Type of Soil 
  • Accessibility
  • Keeping it Natural
  • Planning the Landscape

Building Strong Foundations

The biggest challenge of constructing a mountain house is to ensure that the foundations being built are strong and reliable. In order to do so, a great chunk of the total investment goes into laying the foundation. 

The slopes on the mountains make it much more costly, and difficult to work on them. It is important to find a contractor that understands the smallest details and complexities of the projects.

Well-Planned Construction 

The construction process for mountain houses is extremely systematic. The first thing that is done is levelling out of the surface before anything else is done. 

Please note that well-planned construction requires a great investment at regular intervals. So, the investor must have a rough estimate of how much each step would require. It helps narrow down expenses for the owner.

Drainage and Seepage

Proper drainage and seepage are essential for houses built in the mountains. There are often heavy rainfalls in the mountain areas that often leads to water accumulation around the property. It is important to have a drainage system that redirects all rainwater away from the foundations of your house and makes sure that the outer walls are waterproofed.

On the other hand, individuals who are planning to occupy as much space accommodating basements into their blueprints, they must be extra careful of seepage control during intense rainfalls.

Type of Soil 

Types of soils to be used in Mountain Houses
Gravel, silt, and sand are ideal soil types for constructing a mountain house

Choosing the right type of soil is extremely crucial. 

When constructing a mountain house, using gravel, sand and silt are the ideal soil types. These three soils can bear high loads while any soil type [that has clay], it can be unreliable, especially if it gets wet. Contractors need to be extremely vigilant of the soil that they are using.

Accessibility 

Accessibility to the construction site plays a pivotal role in deciding which location is best for you. Not to mention, transporting construction material up the hill should be as convenient as possible.

If the location is inaccessible for either the owner or the construction workers, being able to continue with the project would become a hassle. 

Keeping it Natural 

An active construction site requires construction vans to go up and down the hills, this could in turn damage the natural look of the place. The natural vibrance of the location must be maintained throughout the process of construction.

Despite being extremely careful, the nature around the newly built house often looks duller than it did the first time. If this happens, do not stress too much, it takes some time for nature to settle down to the changes around it. However, if you spend a little time on the greenery around you, you might be able to revive it faster.

Planning the Landscape 

When building a mountain house, you are given a lot of opportunities for landscaping. There are several possibilities of landscaping for the sloped area. You can easily choose a range of plants that can survive on inclined areas, while also playing around with a few creative ideas such as a flowing waterfall or rock garden to provide that edge to your property.

In this blog, we’ve listed many advantages of investing in mountain houses, along with some useful tips to build mountain houses.

 If you have any queries regarding mountain homes or construction, reach out to us at blogs@jagahonline.com. If you found this blog helpful, you might want to take a look at our blogs on how to select the right construction material.

We know how stressful the process of construction can be, a lot of times we find the builders, or contractors not meeting deadlines; for such instances, we have compiled a blog on the rights you have when a builder delays possession.

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