Here in the foothills, many homes are built on or near slopes. A few advantages of building on slopes include positioning to enjoy long range views, incorporating a basement or preserving flatter areas for outdoor activity. Access, circulation and drainage are three essential aspects to building on slopes. These aspects are successfully integrated into a building site with proper grading. Clients are often amazed at what a difference proper grading makes even before the first plant is installed. Grades can be manipulated to support and strengthen basic design principles like focal point, back ground, etc.