How to make the most of a narrow block


The great Australian dream of a quarter acre block is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain with land becoming scarcer and the density of our cities increasing. As a result, more and more of us are choosing to buy, or make the most of smaller, narrower blocks of land.

A compact block doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice space for you and your family, it simply means you need to be smarter about your home design. Metricon can help you capitalise on the potential of a smaller block with a range of home designs created specifically to maximise the space. Here’s our guide to taking advantage of your compact block:



Open up


Think big with your layout. Open-plan is the way to go when plotting family areas on a narrow block. Take a look at the double-storey Designer by Metricon Metro design, which offers an excellent solution for homes as neat as 10m wide.

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Letting the kitchen, living and dining space flow seamlessly on the lower level, the Metro ensures light-filled spacious living for the whole family. This design also includes an outdoor entertaining area, accessible through sliding doors, ideal for the balmy, summer months.



There’s no need to scrimp on bedrooms either. The Metro aligns four bedrooms along one side of the home on the upper level, all with handy built-in wardrobes. By positioning the shared bathroom on the opposite side of the home and including a leisure room, the Metro ensures everyone gets the space they need to retreat and relax.

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Smoke and mirrors

 

Beyond the basic building blocks, there are a bunch of brilliant tricks you can employ to create an appealing sense of space throughout your smaller home.



By opting for a pale, monochrome palette on your walls, you will visually open up the space. Big windows will soak up the sunlight and appear to expand living areas and bedrooms. Try to avoid dark shades as these have the potential to make a compact space feel claustrophobic.

Generously deploy hanging or leaning mirrors of all shapes and sizes throughout your home, ideally opposite windows to bring the outside in. They’ll create the illusion of more space than you truly have and can also help break up big stretches of wall.

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Light the way


Smaller spaces may mean favouring pendant lighting and walls sconces to free up table tops, side tables, benches and floor space. But do remember to keep some upwards-pointing options. Bouncing light off your ceilings further helps to open up a room. Metallic and wood accessories help distribute light further.

Space age


Get creative with your furniture choices and you can pack even more into a cleverly designed layout. Consider multi-functional pieces, like giving over one wall to a large wall unit that incorporates a desk space, your stereo and TV, and drawers to hide away things you don’t want on show.



Drawers are also clever in coffee tables, ottomans and tucked under beds. Go wild with bespoke shelving that stretches floor-to-ceiling. Make furniture work twice as hard for you, with pouffes that double as side tables and spare chairs for guests.

You don’t need to stick to small pieces. Rather than clutter up the room with lots of dinky furniture, opt for stunning statement pieces that give character and depth to the space. And don’t be shy about using large rugs – these can give the illusion that a space is bigger than it is.

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Grow up


A small space can flourish with the help of natural greenery, particularly in living areas, bathrooms, and spilling over high kitchen cabinets. They may need a touch of TLC, but it’s worthwhile if you want to create a more homely feel. Make a small outdoor space work for you by planting herbs and veggies in a vertical garden.


Art attack


Even the smallest space, like a powder room, can explode with abundant character if you fill the walls with art. Again, mirrors can make a little go along way when it comes to investing in signature pieces. Also consider adding more height to a room with long, vertical works, striped statement wallpaper or hanging drapes.

Click here to chat to a Metricon advisor today about which homes might suit your narrow block.

If you’re looking for more interior design or style inspiration, visit one of our award-winning display homes, or check out our style gallery, where you can save and organise all your favourite Metricon home designs