By Susanne Meier. Home Plan. Published at Thursday, November 09th, 2017 - 10:59:34 AM.
As buildable land near city centres becomes ever more scare, we see land prices rising while lot size decreases. As a result, homebuyers and builders alike must rethink building designs to ensure they can get all the room they need in the space available. Through efficient designs, builders are able to do that without sacrificing the features that buyers want.
Likewise, if you want to maximize the space in your narrow house plans, favor designs that make creative use of multiple stories. As an example, an architect designing plans for narrow lots may opt to locate a den and garage on the ground level. Main doors at the top of a set of stairs would lead to the second story, consisting of a great room complete with kitchen and living area. Finally, the third floor would contain bedrooms. There are many other possible multi‐story arrangements.
Challenges Of Building On Narrow Lots. The challenge that building on narrow lots poses is getting everything you want and need inside the house. It seems like you need to make sacrifices either inside the structure or in the yard to build on a small lot. By the time you factor in set‐backs and a garage, the amount of room left for living space can seem pitifully small.
It may be that the builder is converting an existing building. Barn conversions are very popular in this day and age, as the presence of an already existent building makes things easier in that the floor area is already set, and some framework may be able to be utilised in the new building. Important areas to be considered should also include the relevant planning permission required, as most authorities will need to approve plans for a new building, and also plans for the conversion of existing buildings, particularly when a change of use from commercial to private dwelling is involved.
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