Choosing a design for your home on a narrow lot can be complicated if you haven’t done it before. Many factors will play into which house style or architectural style is the perfect fit for the size and shape of your lot along with what will obtain approval from your developer or local council.
First, you need to decide whether you want a contemporary house design or one of the more classic architectural styles. For instance, a modern homes with sharp lines and a flatter roof work really well on a narrow lot because it maximises living space in the building’s footprint while giving the home an edge. The rectangular shape and flat roofs make a perfect fit for almost any size lot.
Of course, you’ll also need to consider the style that fits your taste as well as the estate or area’s design aesthetic. Take the time to walk around your area and feel what other homes look like. This is an easy way to see all the different styles that will work well with narrow lots.
Once you’ve chosen a design style, it’s time to pick out your next home or build one from scratch! Whether you’re building a new home or buying an existing one, consider the following key elements when choosing the right house design for your narrow lot.
Key elements to consider when building or buying a home on a narrow lot
- Size of the lot
- The design style of existing homes in the estate or area
- Desired size and number of bedrooms & bathrooms
- Square footage you are willing to work with
- Restrictions imposed by your LGA or developer
- Sewer & easement location
Narrow lots can be challenging but in this type of market the land is more affordable given Sydney house prices. If you’re one of the many people who have purchased a narrow lot block of land and you’ve already got your plans for what is to be built, we suggest reading through the following list of factors that make building on a narrow lot advantageous:
- With a narrow lot, it is imperative you maximise space which means the layout is incredibly important. You’ll need to create a feeling of open space while working within the restrictions of size. One way to do this is to ensure you have open plan in the back area of the home which seamlessly opens up to the alfresco. This way you have additional space to entertain.
- Getting in sufficient natural light will also be important. Consider the size of your windows and where possible, given budget and council, make windows larger. Also consider adding in skylights to bring in natural light into areas such as a bathroom or walk in robe.
- No doubt that the size of your home can be increased by adding a second storey, which is possible on narrow lots because there’s more room to build up instead of taking up valuable space with long hallways. If you are looking for even more space in your new home, why not consider building up? With the right design plan and builder, a double storey will most definitely make the most out of your block of land.
- Storage will be imperative to consider adding a storage nook outside the internal garage entry as a perfect drop zone. Increase the size of linen closets to have extra space for storage.
- Consider landscaping budget for after handover. With a smaller yard, you may opt for a high-end landscaping plan to ensure your backyard reaches its full potential.
There are so many benefits to building on a narrow lot, which is why it’s one of our most popular options. If you already know that you want to build on a narrow lot or if this design plan fits your needs and location, we suggest chatting with our team about the potential of your land.
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