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Sep 21 2015

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Narrow Lot? No Problem!

Narrow lot house plans

For homeowners who prefer an urban environment, a smaller lot size is inevitable because land is in short supply. This is not bad news.

Narrow lot house plans can be affordable. Specifically designed for the smaller footprint, narrow lot house plans use clever design techniques to optimize every last inch of space. You definitely won’t get a cookie-cutter home. For green-minded homeowners, narrow lot house plans are recognized as being eco-friendly because of their small ecological footprint.

Here’s how to make every square foot you own, attractive, imaginative and yes, even spacious!

Build Up, Not Out

The square footage of a narrow lot home can vary depending on the number of stories you wish to build. A small single-story home reminiscent of that old suburban staple, the low roof-lined “Rancher,” may only be 1,000 square feet or less. A signature detached row house on the other hand, could offer three stories, four bedrooms and around 3,000 square feet of living space – all built on the same small lot.

The minimum lot size? You can squeeze comfort and space into a lot that is 40 feet wide or less. The depth of the home is only limited by the depth of the lot. Narrow lot house plans are typically long and lean to make the most of a deep lot.

Stack and Share Rooms

Traditional Victorian or Cape Cod style homes have clearly articulated rooms. In these floor plans, the kitchen, living room, dining room and den are delineated with walls and doors. This traditional housing style does not work well on a narrow lot where space is at a premium.

To maximize space, narrow lot house plans incorporate open, airy spaces into their design. Each room may be used for a number of purposes – a combined kitchen, dining room and living space, for example, or an open plan children’s area that accommodates sleep, study and play. Redundant spaces such as corridors are omitted, instead there are large, functional, open areas that can be layered on top of each other as you build up.

Choose Innovative Interiors

Narrow width does not mean narrow choice or narrow functionality. Thoughtful designers layer innovative design solutions into their skinny house plans so you can make the most of your space. Features include:

  • Moving the garage to the back of the lot to take advantage of a deep lot
  • Window placement that maximizes the use of sunlight for better light penetration and energy efficiency
  • Vaulted ceilings and high windows to give that all-important open plan feel
  • Ample storage solutions – think built-in closets, a pantry, shelves and a kitchen island with plenty of drawers.

By building boundary to boundary (where this is permitted) and implementing a variety of space-saving techniques, narrow lot house plans are able to incorporate a myriad of features. If you forget you’re living in a narrow lot home, the plans have done their job properly.

Add Curb Appeal

In the real estate business, curb appeal is the frosting on the cake. It describes a property’s overall appearance from the street, such as its style, building materials and design. Homes with curb appeal command higher sale prices and generally take less time to sell.

Narrow lot house plans are designed to let the exterior details shine. For multi-story homes, you can play up the vertical height by adding floor-to-ceiling windows, columns or a steeply pitched roof.

Inviting porches, balconies, landscaping and even flower boxes are great accents that boost the appearance of narrow lot homes. If yard space is limited, your outdoor area can be designed to feel bigger by installing a vertical garden.

Finally, it is worth remembering that all house plans can be customized. Regardless of lot size, you’ll get precisely the internal space and visual aesthetic you want.


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Jul 17 2014

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Featured Colonial House Plan: Elegant and Simple

Colonial House Plan, 027H-0169What’s old is new again. The elegant simplicity of this Colonial house plan will never become obsolete. Stunning details like the treatment of the windows and gables, plus the sturdiness of a brick exterior lends to its historic appearance. George Washington didn’t sleep here only because you haven’t built it yet. If he did, he would find plenty of room with four bedrooms on the second floor. He would be impressed by the modern interior, beyond the convenience of indoor plumbing, which by the way includes two full baths and laundry. Whether dining on mutton at the kitchen food bar or the dining room table, or warming himself at the great room’s fireplace, he would be at home with the warmth and coziness of this two-story home plan. What a great place to begin your own history.     

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Jan 06 2014

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Featured Beach House Plan Offers Relaxed Living

Beach House Plan 017H-0032You shouldn’t have to be a movie star to wake up with a view of the ocean, and now you don’t have to be one. With this affordable, two-story beach house, now you too can claim your own piece of coast. This house offers a master bedroom on the second level for adults and parents while three additional bedrooms provide plenty of space for tired little surfers and beachgoers alike. The joint dining and living area supply ample room to bring the family all together for meals and entertainment. While large windows surrounding the house on the main level allow the ambiance of the surrounding environment to waft through the home, creating the perfect soundtrack to your day, whether you’re just arising from bed or drifting off to sleep.

Please visit our website to view floor plans and find more details about this beach house plan, 017H-0032.

For more plans similar to this one, please check out our Beach/Coastal House Plans collection.

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Nov 20 2013

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Modern home Plan Offers Efficient Living for a Narrow Lot

Modern Home Plan 052H-0001Short on space but big on ideas? This unique house plan is perfect for those that are looking to do a lot with little by allowing you to make the most out of your space. The ground level is barrier free with zero walls, creating an open environment ensuring that space is not lost due to walls taking up space or creating corners that are inaccessible. This results in a perfect area for hosting parties, gatherings, or simply lounging with friends and family. It promotes a community feel as individuals are allowed to mingle in one collective area. The large floor to ceiling windows contribute to this open impression by allowing plenty of natural light to enter in addition to seamlessly blending the ground level with the joined patio. The upper level serves as a great juxtaposition to the lower level providing a great amount of privacy within its three bedrooms and two baths. Located separately from the common areas downstairs assures that noise won’t as easily disturb those sleeping. For those looking to build in urban areas where space is limited, this modern two-story house plan can make a narrow lot feel like a whole lot more. For more contemporary house plans please view our entire collection.

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Sep 03 2013

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Featured Vacation Home Plan Is a Comfortable Getaway

Vacation House Plan 010H-0016Providing a welcoming break from the daily stresses of city life, this two-story vacation home offers a chance to relax and reconnect with nature. A sundeck surrounding a third of the house provides a perfect vantage point for overlooking nearby waterfronts or distant mountains. The interior of the house also allows for great views of the surrounding areas with large windows located throughout the house including a set of French doors in the great room and the master bedroom along with a window seat creating a perfect backdrop to enjoy your latest book. On the lower level a workshop offers space for those who enjoy working with their hands or a covered patio for the couple who enjoy a glass of wine while watching the rain fall in their own little slice of county.

Click here to view floor plans and details about this vacation house plan, # 010H-0016.

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