Some may believe that having a small block means saying goodbye to big ideas. But Perth-based home builders Ross North Homes would beg to differ.
Established in 1976, Ross North Homes have built over 10,000 homes in Perth, delivering quality one and two-storey homes on blocks of all shapes and sizes, including small and narrow ones.
The company believes that these days, there are many innovative design options available for small blocks and if you choose the right home builders, you can get the home of your dreams despite the limited land size.
In fact, they see more and more people choosing to downsize for a number of reasons including affordability, maintenance, sustainability and lifestyle.
If you’re thinking of scaling down, here are some ideas from the people at Ross North Homes on how to get the most out of a small block:
Single storey homes on small or narrow blocks tend to be fairly restricted in terms of space, so going vertical is the best way of optimising the space. Incorporating a tiered look into the design can prevent two-storey homes on narrow blocks from looking like a watch tower, with the outdoor space used as an outdoor terrace.
David Boyle Architect Director David Boyle has similarly been making the most out of small block ideas in Sydney, and says its important to avoid the gun-barrel effect by creating a series of consecutive interlinked spaces, changing the scale of each room.
The use of natural light can also be very effective in creating the impression of space, so ask your home builder about skylights, voids and windows or glass panes in unusual places like along passageways etc. In Sydney, Boyle spoke to the Daily Telegraph in 2015 with a similar view on the height-and-light effect.
"A clever way to do this is to increase ceiling heights and add skylights, as it brings in valuable light and cross ventilation to main living areas which makes them seem larger," he said.
Images courtesy Ross North Homes and Blueprint Designs.