As land becomes more expensive and harder to find, a growing number of people are opting to build on narrow blocks. With many blocks starting from just 10 metres wide, it’s more important than ever to make the most of your land, and be clever when it comes to the design of your new home.
There are many creative ways to make a narrow block work for you and your family. Think carefully about how to use natural light to make your home bright and airy, and use space cleverly to get the most out of each and every square metre. And when it comes to choosing a builder, look for one who has lots of experience building on narrow blocks. Here are a few practical design tips that may help, if you’re considering building on a narrow block.
Let there be light
The more natural light you have in your home, the more spacious it will feel. Sometimes homes built on narrow lots can feel a little dark, especially if they’re positioned close to the fence line. So it’s important to incorporate enough windows in your home design to let in lots of natural light, especially on the north-facing side. If you’re worried about privacy, you can always install transparent window coverings after the build, which will still allow light to flood in. To boost the feeling of spaciousness even more, choose a neutral or off-white colour palette to reflect the light.
Keep an open mind
Open plan design is key to a successful narrow block home build – especially in the main hub of your home. By keeping the kitchen, living and dining areas open, and minimising the number of internal walls, more light will enter the house. To maximise this space even further, choose a floor plan that opens onto an al fresco area. This will create the perfect place for entertaining family and friends, and make your home feel much larger than it actually is.
Aim for high ceilings
If your home has high ceilings, even small rooms will look and feel much larger due to the increased vertical space. Not only will high ceilings create an instant wow factor, but they also add a bright, airy feel to any room.
Waste not, want not
When it comes to narrow lot design, space is at a premium, so don’t waste it! Although an open floor plan helps keep hallways to a minimum, it’s hard to avoid them altogether. A clever way to optimise space is to position the main hallway against the outside wall of the house, so you can install windows along the length of it. Plant a lush garden outside against the boundary fence, and in no time at all, the fence will be hidden by greenery, bringing the outdoors in.
Create more room with less rooms
The more rooms you have in a narrow block design, the longer the house becomes or the smaller the rooms get. So if you don’t really need a formal lounge or media room, either leave it out or consider creating a multi-purpose room instead. And if you need more than three bedrooms, you may like to consider a double storey design.
Hallmark Homes have a narrow lot design for you
With over 35 years experience, Hallmark Homes offer a great selection of home designs, specifically for narrow lots. With single and double storey plans, we’re sure to have a design to suit your block.