What you should consider before buying a narrow or small lot

What you should consider before buying a narrow or small lot

We love the challenge of building a four bedroom home on an inner-city small or narrow lot. The reduced space forces creativity and versatility of design and makes you think about every inch of space.

If you're thinking about buying a small or narrow inner-city block we thought we'd help out your process by noting some considerations. All the regulars are important:

  • Overland flow
  • Location of services (sewer, stormwater, water)
  • Bush fire zoning
  • Noise overlays
  • Council overlays
  • Slope
  • Soil type
  • Access to the site (street trees, power poles)

Narrow block-specific, we also note:

  1. Location of neighbours and in particular the external walls, retaining walls and other landscaping features. It can be prohibitive to build if construction interferes with neighbouring structures. We recommend check with your solicitor and council to ensure there are no easements that relate to the neighbouring property and boundary clearances
  2. Check the width. We advise a 10+m frontage in width. Designing a home with a double garage on a block under 10m wide poses challenges
  3. Be vigilant with knowing the exact location of services particularly the storm water. You have very limited flexibility manoeuvring a narrow lot home design around services, in particular large stormwater pipes. This also applies to the trees on the site
  4. Work with a designer who has significant narrow lot experience. It takes specific skill to get the design of a home on a narrow lot to be functional and meet specific client needs whilst meeting council requirements and restrictions
  5. Be conscious of the orientation during the design of your home considering light and ventilation

Read more about what classifies a small or narrow lot in Brisbane.