Don’t be narrow minded when it comes to a narrow block of land! Despite the smaller space, the design approach can be bigger and better. Smart design techniques, creative use of interior design elements and some architectural knowhow will create some incredible results.Forget foregoing spacious living areas, or sacrificing a top location or breathtaking view. It’s time to think outside the box (narrow, wide- whatever the size!) and start exploring the key design elements behind the most architecturally inspiring narrow block homes. At G.J. Gardner Homes, we offer a range of narrow block house designs created to take advantage of every available inch. We’ll dive into deeper detail below, but here are our 6 Narrow Block House Design Tips:
This concept is potentially the most important in narrow block house designs! Ditch the dividers and let the kitchen, living room and dining room live as one. By unifying these areas, the space is optimised and natural light is able to bounce around at its own free will. Sliding doors can be used to open the space further to the alfresco area, providing space to entertain and enjoy with the entire family. Check out G.J Gardner’s Hamilton 226 design if you’re looking for a narrow block house design that utilises open space.
What’s lacking in width will be made up for in height. Embracing the vertical space with high ceilings will allow even the smallest rooms to feel big and bodacious. 2.7 metres is the golden number, but don’t be afraid to aim even higher. For a 2 story narrow block design, consider a void above the kitchen, dining or living area.
Light is your friend here, and the aim of the game is to let as much in as possible. This can be achieved by cleverly placed windows, skylights, highlight windows and glass doors. The builders at GJ Gardner are experts when it comes to narrow lot house designs, and all floor plans are created to optimise space and generate a sense of openness. Rooms, window placement and the overall layout are skillfully planned to accomplish this.
As mentioned earlier, there is no need to sacrifice in narrow block homes. Double garages, alfresco areas, a butlers pantry, family retreats and the number of spacious bedrooms your family needs; space is calculated to ensure everything fits and that no space is wasted. The key to perfect narrow block house plans is the functional use of space. Don’t worry, storage space isn’t forfeited either and additional space saving storage can be created with versatile choices in furniture. G.J. Gardner’s Kensington 270 narrow house block design is a great example of how to utilise an open space plan.
Give your home a light and natural feel with a neutral colour palette that uses white or off-white tones, blonde timbers and other earthy elements like woven fabrics for décor. Light colours will bring your narrow block home to life and will allow natural light to reflect throughout.
You may not have acres and acres of land to work with, but nonetheless, create an outdoor space that’s a beautiful extension on your narrow block home. Install cavity sliding doors to your alfresco area, and make use of vertical gardens to grow your favourite veggies and herbs.
The relevant building code may have some rules around what you can and can’t do you on a narrow lot – especially if your block falls into the small lot category. Pay particular attention to:
When you work with G.J. Gardner Homes, we can explain your local guidelines and advice on compliant design choices.
The design phase is crucial when you have a narrow lot, as there is less room for error than a traditional block. But modern designs for narrow blocks have come a long way and provide excellent liveability and comfort. Some design inspiration for a narrow block: