Finding the perfect narrow block house designs in Perth can be a challenge. When we first met Adam and Amanda they described a level of frustration looking at narrow block house designs in several display villages across Perth. The good news is, we helped them create their own perfect home design that meets their current, and future lifestyle needs.
Everyone we meet has a different set of design priorities and especially when we get narrow block house designs – for Amanda, her primary concern was the livability with the kids, and the look and feel of the front of the home. Adam was in agreeance saying the elevation really needed to be striking, and having such a narrow block was making it a challenge as they are forced to have a garage taking up most of the ground floor street front. This isn’t a design problem we can solve, but we could work at adding other elements to the elevation to make the home look beautiful.
Firstly we sat down during the design meeting and ran through the wishlist – the usual 4 bedroom x 2 bathroom plus a study was what was wanted, along with a fantastic open plan living area with a focus area around a swimming pool. The master bedroom was to be on the ground floor along with a home office/theatre room if possible.
Having young kids under 5 years old also meant they have toys strewn all over their current home as the kids drag them out along with them no matter where they go. Ideally, a front room on the ground floor that could be used as an activity area would be idea and being able to lock it away from view when guests came over.
The left side of the house was going to be facing north too, which was a concern as the neighbouring home was probably going to be demolished and rebuilt as a double storey which meant there would be some elements of overshadowing during the winter months. Capturing the sun is always important, especially with narrow block house designs so that rooms don’t become dark and then feel too small.
During our face to face design brief meeting we took these notes;
Front Elevation House Design Style
- Bali/Pavillion style or Skillion/Modern styling. Open to suggestions.
Ground Floor Narrow Block House Designs
- Double Garage with storage space
- Access house through garage
- Front entry to be on the site (possibly have a gatehouse to the front of the home)
- Master bedroom towards the front of the home. Must suit king size bed (approx 5 x 4.5m in size)
- Ensuite with separate WC, double vanity cabinet and standard size shower recess (don’t need a double shower). Actually, this lead to a few embarrassing minutes as I personally have a double shower and they asked me what the benefits were…. Apparently I went red in the face!
- Walk in robe area, perhaps a his & hers configuration. Either behind the bedhead with a door on either side or a walk through style to the Ensuite
- Study/Nursery room
- Open plan living areas to the rear of the home
- Living facing north
- Kitchen to be galley style with a bench height window – splashback behind the hotplate was OK as a window
- Walk in pantry
- Study bench area which could be incorporated near the kitchen, doesn’t need to be too big
- Powder room to serve the living areas for the guests etc… and also swimming pool
- Swimming pool to be incorporated with the house/outdoor living area on the north side
- Grass area for kids to play on
- Stairwell would be nice as open tread if possible
Upper Floor Narrow Block House Designs
- 3 x minor bedrooms (average size 3.5×3.5m)
- Activity area
- Bathroom – Bath/Shw/double vanity
- Study nook?
- Ample storage
- Would like separate activity room to the ground floor for the kids – something that can be closed off – perhaps cavity sliding doors
- Stacker sliders to the alfresco etc to bring the outside inside
- Alfresco doesn’t need a built in BBQ area.
- Solar Passive design where possible
- Block is sloping from back to the front approx 600mm.
There were parts of the initial concept sketch that we just couldn’t squeeze in to the design. The main one being the extra room downstairs for the activity/nursery. While we could have positioned that room where the courtyard is we really didn’t want to because of the amount of light that area brings into the master bedroom and hallway/living areas. We thought it was best at this point to get some feedback from Adam and Amanda and see what their thoughts were.
After a few days of consideration I met with Adam and Amanda at a nice cafe in the city during their lunch break to go through their ideas and listen to their feedback on the design now that they had time to absorb the first concept sketch.
Design Revisions Requested
- Increase the grassed area at the rear and reduce the swimming pool to 6m long and 2.8m wide.
- Add a store room to the left side of the garage extending it out to the boundary and adding an access door to the rear that leads straight to the drying court. I then suggested adding a bin storage area to the front of the garage so the bins weren’t inside (as they can tend to smell). All agreed.
- Change the steps to the left side to a sloping path so Adam could push his lawnmower up the path from the new store area.
- Change the ceiling heights to 32c down and 30 upstairs instead of the 34c/32c we had originally designed. This was more of a budget consideration as that change would reduce the price by approximately $7,500.
- Change the double door entry to a single 1.2m wide pivot door.
- Change the elevation to a lighter colour stone (this was purely for visualisation more than anything)
- Modify the elevation as the flat roof over the garage meant we needed significant brickwork above to hide it. Instead, adding highlight windows over Bed 3 would help bring the design elevation into proportion as well as adding more points of interest with the elevation. Amanda and I agreed, Adam wasn’t convinced so we decided we would try that style and see how it turned out.
- Add another window to the front of bed 3 and exaggerate the vertical mullions also adding to the height.
- Adding timber lining to the balcony (again for visualisation more than anything as this is normally done during the specification stage)
- Add a gatehouse to the front creating a bit more security for the home. Provide a similar roof system/design as the portico with the exposed steel.
Overall, these modifications weren’t too significant and Adam and Amanda agreed that the courtyard was a better option than closing in the design. The nursery was really only relevant for the next few years so they decided to omit that room from the brief altogether.
Final Narrow Block House Designs Plans And Elevations
Here are the changes we made to the plans, which came together really nicely in the end and ticked all the boxes. We’ve managed to bring a great amount of light into the home as well as provide excellent living areas, swimming pool integration and more lawn area for the kids. The one thing we couldn’t do was add the garage parapet store room wall on the boundary line as it would be refused by planning due to our Study being on the other side boundary. The design was adjusted though to achieve a very similar result which the clients were happy with.
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