Building a well designed home on a compact block of land can be one of the smartest ways to get into the property market. For starters, the smaller the house and garden, the less maintenance for you. Not to mention compact homes are more energy-efficient to heat or cool than a larger home, leaving a smaller carbon footprint. And of course, if you’re just starting out or downsizing, they can be a fantastic more affordable choice.
But make no mistake, choosing a compact block does not mean you can’t have a well proportioned and functional home. You can still have a double-storey home with spacious and luxurious living areas! Let’s take a closer look at what you need to consider when building your brand-new dream home on a compact block.
Embrace open plan living
Building on a compact lot is all about making the most of the space that is available, so prioritising an open plan design is essential. Ensuring your living room, dining room and kitchen flow as one cohesive space will mean the heart of your home is functional. Removing extra doors, walls and hallways will also maximise the space you have, making a smaller area seem much larger and allowing more natural light to travel through the home.
Make the most of your outdoor space
While Melbourne might not have great weather all the time, it’s still a good idea to ensure you get the most out of your outdoor space. Covered alfresco or outdoor rooms are a great way to get almost year-round use out of your backyard. They provide cover from the elements, a place to sit and relax, somewhere to cook on the BBQ and are a great addition for pet owners. Bonus points if you utilise similar colours and materials to seamlessly mesh your indoor and outdoor living areas.
If you can’t go out, go up! If possible, adding a second storey is a fantastic way to gain additional living space. And, not only should you consider a second level, but high ceilings and large windows don’t take up any additional room and really add to a sense of space.
Raised ceilings, skylights, floor-to-ceiling windows and open plan spaces all give homes a feeling of movement and space. Another nifty solution is sliding or barn doors. These take up much less room than standard opening doors and can help maximise the amount of natural light entering a home.
Other helpful tips
There are plenty of other tips and tricks to consider when building and designing a narrow block home. These include:
- Find pieces of décor that double as storage, such as beds with drawers and desks with shelving
- Using mirrors as décor can help make rooms look bigger by reflecting light
- Create flexible spaces – a home office can double as an exercise space or rumpus room
- Alternatively, you can create a study nook in a hallway or under the stairs
- Don’t clutter your home with stuff – try a minimalist theme in your new home
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