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Building a new home on a narrow block


If you had to choose between your dream home or your dream location, what would you put first?

For many, building the home of their dreams on a block with plenty of space takes precedent over location, especially when land value comes into play. For others, the myriad of lifestyle perks that come with living in an area they love is too much to resist, even if it means building on a smaller block.

In recent years, the desire to enjoy a new home in sought after suburbs and estates has led to a rise in builds on narrow lots. In this instance, new home buyers will forfeit the classic Australian quarter-acre in favour of a smaller home built close to schools, shops or parks in their location of choice.

It all comes down to preference and, of course, there's no right or wrong. In this piece, our very own design managers Ricky D’Alesio and Adrian Popple spill the beans on narrow blocks, and what to consider when weighing up your options.

Spacious blocks have long been favoured by those wanting to enjoy their outdoor areas with plenty of privacy.

For the longest time, Aussie homebuyers have been mesmerised by the dream of a decent-sized backyard.

Metricon design manager Adrian Popple says he believes larger lots will continue to appeal to many Australian home buyers.

People like spacious blocks because they can maximise their outdoor living spaces, and build on a solar orientation that affords them plenty of natural light, he says.

The benefits of lower-density living also include increased privacy and improved accessibility.

While narrow blocks often imply shared walls and tight spaces, a big block offers space from neighbours and much easier access for cars and trailers.

If you want to live in the thick of it, a narrow block could be for you.

However, as Metricon design manager Ricky D’Alesio can attest, slimmer lots of land are becoming a more attractive option for homebuilders across the board. “Narrower blocks come with a lower price point, so affordability plays a really big part, though lots of people don’t want a big block anyway,” he says.

“Narrow blocks lend themself to being low maintenance, and a deeper block maximises the rear yard, so there’s more opportunity for living space in the rear of the home.” Ricky D’Alesio, Design Manager

According to D’Alesio, there’s a common misconception about smaller lots of land. It’s that size is everything. “People often ask, ‘What’s going to fit? Will I get enough of a home?”, he says.

“Being narrow doesn’t mean you can’t have a substantial, proportioned and functional home. You can still have a double-storey home with opulent living areas.”

Home designs for narrow blocks

Both Popple and D’Alesio agree that if you do opt for a narrow block, then smart, well laid out and functional design is the key to creating space.

“One of the best ways to maximise space on a narrow block is to build a two-storey home, which generally has a smaller footprint, leaving more space for outdoor living,” Popple says.

The crown jewel of Metricon’s solutions to smaller build space is the Metro. With four bedrooms, a double garage and multiple living spaces, the two-storey home can work with blocks as narrow as 10 metres.

The secret lies in clean lines and thoughtful floor plans.

“The smaller you go, the more the design needs to incorporate open-plan, interconnecting and efficient spaces,” D’Alesio says.

In addition to the Metro, Metricon can adapt home designs to suit narrow blocks across all ranges.

If you’d like to know more about home designs for narrow blocks, including the Metro, enquire with our team today. You can also view other Metricon home designs here, and check out our Lookbook for more inspiration.