Do you have a narrow block? And do you know how to design your new home or renovation to make the most of it?
When I refer to ‘narrow’ blocks, I mean anything that is 10m or less wide.
For most areas, that constitutes a narrow block, and some can even get down as narrow as 4 or 5m depending on where you live. Actually, I saw a home recently for sale that was on a block that was under 3m wide!
There are specific challenges when you’re designing for a narrow block. These challenges may change as the block size and configuration changes as well.
So, I’m going to focus on big ideas that will help you think about your narrow block, and how to create a home for it. The things you can explore, and some of the strategies that designers use to solve the challenge that is the narrow block.
And I think probably the biggest priority and goal for designing homes on narrow blocks is to help them feel larger than they are. To create a sense of spaciousness and expansiveness that’s not hemmed in by their narrow width, or skinny configuration. So I’ll be sharing ideas about how to achieve that. And even if you don’t have a narrow block – these strategies will help you with creating spaciousness in your home.
However there are consistent challenges and opportunities when it comes to designing for a narrow block that are worth being aware of to get great outcomes.
In this episode, I discuss the key challenges to contend with when designing for a narrow block of land. I also explain the opportunities that are available, and how to maximise them.
And, I take you 10 key questions to ask about your narrow block, and the home you’re building or renovating on it. These questions will help you create a home that suits your land, and creates a great outcome for your lifestyle.
Whether choosing a home off the plan, building a custom designed home, or renovating and extending your existing one, there are certain things to know so you can make the most of your narrow block.
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LINKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
Exploring options for the design of a narrow block home >>> https://undercoverarchitect.com/spotlight-new-coast-new-home-new-life/
Creating spaciousness using volume >>> https://undercoverarchitect.com/creating-spaciousness-using-volume/ (and keep listening for the episodes of “light”, “great storage” and “indoor / outdoor connection”)
Austin Maynard The Toy Management House >>> https://maynardarchitects.com/053204149098/
This project shows how light is brought in vertically, and spaciousness created through volume – as well as a great indoor / outdoor connection >>> https://maynardarchitects.com/#/936691967557/