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STEEP-SITE SOLUTIONS BY P. JAMES ROLAND Straightforward ways to meet the high demands of hillside foundations A two-tiered slab on stepped footings enabled the builder to fit two townhouses onto this steep and narrow urban site. (downward sloping) and those that than 4 feet of soil. As the number of prime building sites d e c r e a s e s i n N e w E n g l a n d a n d elsewhere, more builders are forced to choose difficult sites. One common problem is a steep grade. While some solutions to steep sites draw on systems more familiar to commercial builders, residential builders generally fare best if they stick with materials