Top Home Designs for Smaller Lots
Making the Most of Available Lot Space with Unique Designs
As population density grows in high demand cities and towns, the average lot size will eventually decrease. Data shows that this is already happening. In fact last year found that the average sized home lot was the smallest on record according to The National Association of Home Builders. How can home builders create desirable homes within a smaller space?
The key is that home designers are getting much savvier about the demand for narrow home plans. Narrow lot house plans are very specific in offering lots of living space in a small, well-designed set-up. As cities in the U.S. continue to grow in population and density, builders are embracing density by building up and back. The narrow floor plan is simply a necessity in today’s increasingly dense housing market.
Pros of Smaller Lots & Narrow Home Design
Privacy and Light
Traditionally, homes on narrow lots have struggled to provide the natural light found in bigger homes. Designers are responding creatively by adding tall windows on long side walls, as well as tricks that draw the eye to the back of the home.
Less Landscaping Maintenance
Because the majority of the lot is occupied by the home, urban or suburban owners of smaller homes spend a lot less time landscaping, mowing the law or pulling weeds.
More Local Community Support
Smaller house designs allow for higher populations within neighborhoods and communities, boosting a sense of camaraderie. This model makes lots of different people live close together and learn to get along. As an added bonus, many young people are trying to take more trips by bike or by foot, so increasing a housing population next to, for example, a busy downtown shopping area, boosts foot traffic and support for local businesses.
Smaller Homes Drive Innovation
Designers are thinking small and using innovation to make homes feel bigger than they actually are. Designers are using lines of sight to “trick” the eye; if homeowners can see further into the home, it organically feels bigger. It also helps that designers are using significant customization to meet the expectations and desires of different types of homeowners.
Building Up to Make Room
By building up, home designers can offer families enough room to expand by providing the most efficient spaces possible to maximize privacy and comfort. The basement level can contain an office, a living room, or a home theater. The main floor can provide wide-open spaces to make the home seem larger, as well as vaulted open spaces for socializing and relaxing. Bedrooms can also be located upstairs, away from the noise and busyness of common areas.
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