Typical suburban home designs for the last sixty years have assumed a good deal of clearance around a home’s exterior walls: yards both front and back combined with walkways dividing it from each neighbor on the sides. Narrow blocks force the sacrifice surrounding exterior space, in some cases placing the exterior walls directly on the border of the lot. No space can be wasted in a narrow-block design.
The narrow-block concept is only new to suburban settings. Builders in dense, urban areas have been developing upwards rather than outwards for centuries. Land has been too expensive to squander in places like San Francisco, London, and New York for a very long time.
But the new reality of increased population and land values around the globe has inspired a new efficiency in housing lot utilization, and also driven innovation in floorplans and interior design. Poorly-designed narrow-block houses can give residents what some call the “gun barrel effect.” The interior of a poorly-designed narrow house feels, well, narrow. To eliminate this claustrophobic feeling, architects vary the height of interior rooms, implement things like lofts, and are very careful and creative with window placement and solar exposure. Liberal use of energy-efficient glass combined with decks and balconies can provide a sense of openness to the outside world, and impart a feeling of ease and comfort.
With the right approach and careful planning, a narrow-block home builder at http://interlineconstructions.com.au/narrow-block-home-builder-melbourne can combine affordability with a livable or even luxurious feel. A careful survey of available options and designs pays off greatly for the potential narrow-block homeowner.