Construction on Narrow Lots in Australia: Making the Most of Limited Space
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With rising prices, lot sizes have decreased across Australia, but especially in and around urban areas.
Here, we’ll dive into the world of narrow lot construction, exploring its benefits, challenges, and practical ideas that can transform these seemingly compact spaces into cozy, efficient, and stylish living environments.
What Are Narrow Lots?
Narrow lots are parcels of land that are characterized by their limited width, generally less than 15 m.
They are still considered suitable for residential or commercial development, and have gained popularity in urban areas where available land is scarce and in high demand.
Pros of Narrow Lots
Embracing the trend of building on narrow lots offers several advantages, including:
- Location Location Location: As narrow lots are generally urban, you are sure to have close access to the best places in town. That means better shopping, dining and entertainment experiences.
- Increased Affordability: We believe that every family deserves a home. Narrow blocks solve this by helping maximize land use in densely populated urban areas.
- More Sustainable: As less construction is required, there is a reduced environmental impact, making your home potentially more eco-friendly. Solar here is a great option as you can both go green and save on electricity costs.
- A more social life: As you have neighbours in proximity, it fosters a sense of community, and makes meeting new people much easier.
- Less cleaning and maintenance: There is less yard work and landscaping spend and hassle, as you won’t have a full front lawn and backyard. This is especially good for young people, who may not have as much free time or frequent travellers, as they can up and go with much more ease.
Cons of Narrow Lots
While narrow lot construction presents exciting opportunities, there are also challenges to consider:
- Limited outdoor space: A narrow block means you only have space for alfresco area and no front or back lawn. With most floor plans, you still get to have a private garage.
- Potential privacy/noise concerns: As the homes occupy lesser space and have more neighbours, it can get noisy, especially if it’s near a busy street, or near an intersection.
- Design constraints: Normal floor plans don’t work here, for obvious reasons. This is an opportunity as that demands creative problem-solving that can yield some very impressive and unique designs.
Ideas for Building on Narrow Lots
Navigating the world of narrow lot construction requires innovative thinking. Here are some ideas to make the most of the limited space :
- Vertical Living: Vertical living is a hallmark of narrow lot construction. Multi-storey designs make efficient use of space while offering stunning views. This makes it especially good in a multi-generational family aspect.
- Rooftop Retreats: Transform rooftops into relaxing havens with gardens or entertaining spaces.
- Natural Light and Ventilation: Clever placement of windows and openings enhances brightness and airflow. High ceilings are another common solutions, ensuring a well lit living area.
- Compact Outdoor Areas: Small courtyards, balconies, or rooftop gardens can provide a connection to nature.
- Smart Zoning: As the home will have more to fit in less space, open-plan living can help you blur the lines, and maximize space and convenience.
Narrow Block Homes in ACT and NSW
At ABM Homes, we’re well-versed in the art of building on narrow lots. Our team understands how to get it done, ensuring that your project adheres to guidelines and standards while making the most of available space. Here’s what sets us apart:
- Tailored Designs: We create custom solutions that suit your needs and the lot’s dimensions.
- Local Knowledge: Our experience in ACT and southern NSW means we can help you navigate local regulations seamlessly.
- Collaborative Approach: We work closely with you to bring your vision to life on even the narrowest of lots.