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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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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 13 2012

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The Skinny on Narrow Lot House Plans

Narrow Lot House Plan 058H-0066With land becoming scarce and more expensive to purchase and the growing awareness of limiting the impact of homebuilding on the environment, narrow lot house plans are becoming more popular. Over time, home building sites have decreased in size placing a higher demand on narrow lot home plans, allowing them to evolve into what they are today. With today’s designs, there is no need for home owners to sacrifice comfort, special features or livability. Narrow lot house plans deliver all these things and more while keeping the budget in mind. If you are faced with the challenge of building on a narrow strip of property, take a look at the list below outlining the qualities of narrow lot house plans that make them attractive to a broad range of homeowners.

 

  • Designs in our narrow lot home plan collection have a maximum width of 40 feet.
  • What they lack in width, they make up for in depth. Floor plans are long and lean with no limit of depth.
  • Narrow lot house plans are applauded for having a minimal impact on the environment. Their small footprints require less green space while still allowing “a lot of home” to fit on a small lot. This leaves the surrounding land undisturbed. These homes are recognized for being eco-friendly.
  • Floor plans are economically designed to make efficient use of interior space. They make use of every square inch of space offering maximum storage in the form of closets and built-in cabinets and shelving.
  • Often, gathering areas are open to one another with few walls creating a spacious feel.
  • Floor plans incorporate many of today’s most requested features like main floor laundry rooms/closets, kitchen islands, outdoor living spaces, energy-saving elements, deluxe master baths and more.
  • Many narrow lot house plans incorporate a garage.
  • Narrow lot home plans have a linear floor plan.
  • They can be one or more levels and range in sizes from a couple of bedrooms and baths to four or more bedrooms and baths.
  • One-story designs often feature one long hall grouping the living areas at one end of the home and the bedrooms at the other for extra privacy.
  • Two-story designs are ideal for property with limitations allowing an opportunity to add square footage economically in the form of a second floor. These floor plans often position the living areas on the main level and the sleeping areas upstairs for privacy.
  • Narrow lot homes are found in densely populated areas where land is precious and houses are built close together.
  • They are frequently built as replacement homes on in-fill lots in older urban areas.
  • Narrow lot house plans are available with various foundation types and come in a vast array or architectural styles.

 

Honoring the restrictions of a narrow lot, these house plans are sometimes referred to as zero lot line homes. But don’t be fooled. Though they are often smaller in stature than their larger and more sprawling cousins, narrow lot house plans deliver the same comfort, style and features, plus they are environmentally friendly and often deliver more economic construction.

 

Visit our narrow lot house plan collection to view floor plans in a broad range of sizes and architectural styles including beach house plans, craftsman house plans and everything in between.

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Sep 13 2012

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Featured Narrow Lot House Plan for an Oceanfront View

Narrow Lot House Plan 041H-0003Suitable for any narrow piece of property, this narrow lot house plan has much to offer. It is especially well suited for long and lean beach lots found along US coastal areas. The home is built on piers (or stilts) raising the living areas one level to protect against rising tides and flooding associated with tropical storms and hurricanes. There is room for parking underneath the home. Now take a look at the floor plan. It was truly designed to make the most of oceanfront property with plenty of porches and decks to enjoy the view, beautiful sunsets and the gentle ocean breezes. And for those who like to spend time at the beach or catching waves, there is an outdoor shower to rinse away sand and salt before entering the house. On the ground level, you’ll find a carport and finished space with laundry area and access to the main levels of the home. One level off the ground, you’ll find two comfortable family bedrooms that share a full bath, and Master Suite 2, just right for a guest suite or conversion to a den or office. A private bath outfits this space. The upper level of the home holds the main living areas. Windows wrap the back of the home delivering stunning views. The gathering areas are open to one another offering a spacious and airy feel. An angled counter overlooks the great room and dining area. Master Suite 1 enjoys a private bath and two closets. Ideal for a waterfront vacation home, this narrow lot beach house plan is sure satisfy your needs for warm weather getaways!

To view more narrow lot designs, check out our narrow lot home plan collection.

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