Narrow Block

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  1. Property101

    Property101 Well-Known Member

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    Hello I have a narrow block of land 14.5 metres wide.

    I have found a house style and floor plan I like.

    When I consulted others for opinions they said it looks like a big town house.

    Now I am hurt and undecided.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. wylie

    wylie Moderator Staff Member

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    Why does it matter what others say? Why not post up the plan here? You'll get more opinions of course, but if you like it and it has a decent street presence, don't listen to anyone else (unless they have a really good reason for knocking it).

    Are you going to live in it or rent it?
     
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    I learned something from a wealthy friend many years ago: There is no room for emotions in investing.
     
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    Decide which is better. You get hurt or others.
     
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  5. Marg4000

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    Why so concerned about what others say?

    Of course a decent size house on a narrow block is going to look like a townhouse - design options will be limited to a long, narrow house.

    But 14.5m is not really very narrow, many houses are built on 10m wide blocks.
     
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  6. Trainee

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    A big townhouse is... a house, isnt it? You going to need medication every time someone criticised you?
     
  7. Property101

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    No actually welcome feedback that's why I ask.

    Two individual people have already picked up huge oversights on my part.

    So I'm grateful.
     
  8. Property101

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    No actually welcome feedback that's why I ask.

    Two individual people have already picked up huge oversights on my part.

    So I'm grateful.

    Australia=Realestate=Emotions!
     
  9. Trainee

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    For you.

    Aim to cure the disease, not just manage the symptoms.
     
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  10. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    • 14.5m isn't narrow (15.24m is a pretty standard size is 50')
    • Many councils allow a 7 m frontage
    • Many builders can work with standard sites eg Rawson, Mojo, Metricon etc
    • Everyone has an opinion, it doesn't mean that they're right.
     
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  11. Brady

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    Post the plans
     
  12. Scott No Mates

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    The cheque's in the mail. :rolleyes:
     
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    Hmm I think I see where they are coming from. That is quite a narrow plan and probably doesn't do a 14m frontage enough justice. If the garage is on boundary then you'd have around 3m down the right hand side which could probably be better utilised with a wider design to give more backyard.

    That's my personal preference/feelings

    Is that a Perth design? it feels very melbourne as it has the toilet inside the main bathroom upstairs which is uncommon here but more common in Melbourne

    Things I would look at:
    1. dimensions of the living/dining area. I can't quite read it but it seems small and would be nice at minimum 7 x 4
    2. the garage is small. It meets standards but won't be fitting anything larger than 2 small cars - my ute would never fit in there :p
    3. I don't like stairs with triangle steps. Use a little more room to have a flat landing so that you can negotiate the stairs more easily - you'll appreciate this when trying to get furniture up it
    4. check the width of the entrance and hallway. It might only be 1m which can seem narrow
    5. Add a window or glass sliding door to the laundry
    6. add a window to the downstairs bathroom

    What is the features of this plan that appeal to you?
     
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  15. Property101

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    Thank you for the input.. I will go over and look into all points you have mentioned.

    The roof is skillion which I love.

    The verandah is wide adding the view to the size of the house both front and back.

    Block is like a corner block.

    The stairs are wide which I love.

    Half way up stairs is a huge wall window again with views and letting in great sun.

    When stepping into the home the porch ceiling roof is really high which makes the home appear really big.

    Agree the entry is small... But walking up the steps and seeing the view increases the size and feel of the home.

    Kitchen is classy and in time you can modify anyway you like stone walls etc.

    The stacker doors take advantage of a huge back yard.

    Going back up stairs bedrooms are big.. And also have a male and female wardrobe... Which I really like.

    Upstairs is like downstairs and has the feel of space.

    The whole house has views surrounding which add to the size and attractiveness.

    When you walk up the stairs you see a picture view.

    Like you I felt the same about entry.

    Also.. I know the builder has higher ceilings and wonder what the house would look like without?

    At first my worry was/is...i don't have much style/ taste and i was worried about choosing fittings etc.. as I am not a contemporary fan preferring a glamour look.

    But we have talked this through and we feel if things go well we should go with basic house and decorate and restyle later when we can.
     
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    Garage seems small at 5.5 X 5.5m, Can you fit a medium car in there? Garage door opens into the house which is a hint.

    Does the design take into account the solar orientation of the block?

    I agree with losing the winder stairs.

    The powder room doesn't need a shower.
     
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  17. Trainee

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    The garage will be just long enough to fit a camry sized sedan. Just.

    The downstairs theatre room is interesting. Would have thought an extra bedroom as a study/office would make more sense? Theres already the living room next to the dining kitchen and another media area upstairs. Seems small to actually fit projectors etc

    Assuming you have kids, make that upstairs bathroom double sink as well. Seems to be enough room.

    How big is the fridge space in the kitchen and have you looked at specifically what fridge will go into it?
     
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  18. Property101

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    Thanks everyone for sharing and tips.

    I will note them all.
     
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    Agreed, maybe make the laundry bigger?
     
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