House designs for small lots

6 December 2021 - 6 min read

Have you recently purchased a small lot? Perhaps you’re considering a block that’s been subdivided, or compromising on square meterage to take advantage of a lower price point or an inner city location? With land becoming increasingly scarce, small blocks are becoming a highly sought-after option as people look to secure that bit of dirt soon to be their future home.

However, reduced space isn’t always a bad thing. There are so many house designs for small lots in the market, and it helps homeowners be more creative when it comes to planning versatile spaces.

What is a small lot?

What is a small lot?

According to the VPA, a small lot is any block under 300 square metres. These blocks are narrower or shorter than your typical land parcel, and are usually found in growth corridors or already established areas with a dense population. A fantastic opportunity for first home buyers to break into the property market, small lots are typically more inexpensive and accessible than larger blocks of land. The typical restrictions of setbacks also are applied differently on a space-challenged lot, allowing you to maximise the size of your small block house design.

When it comes to deciding on a house design for a small lot, it’s important to know whether your block comes under the Small Lot Housing Code (SLHC). This code was designed to remove the need for a planning permit for small lots in designated growth areas, minimising risk, time delays and the costs associated with a lengthy planning process. These design guidelines include requirements for setbacks, building height, solar orientation, parking and various other features. If your block does fall under SLHC, it’s important to discuss this with your consultant prior to choosing a design to ensure you are maximising how much home you can fit on your land.

How do you maximise a small lot?

How do you maximise a small lot?

Even though the lot may feel compact, if you engage with an experienced builder there is so much you can do with a small block house design. Double-storey floorplans are a fantastic way to get extra bedrooms in, while an open plan design gives a sense of spaciousness. Placing your alfresco area so that it extends from your main living is also a great way to make your home feel bigger while optimising natural light.

Porter Davis home designs perfect for small blocks

Many people are afraid that purchasing a smaller block will limit their design choices, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Porter Davis have a number of small lot home designs, developed specifically for land under 300 square metres. So you can have a wonderfully functional home that still fits within your land’s limitations.

Bella 25

Bella 25

The Bella is the perfect house design for a small lot; it’s a wonderfully functional home with great interior flow. Inside you’ll find a delightful dining space, an oversized kitchen and walk-in-pantry, and a superb living area that’s the perfect spot to share stories and moments with family and friends.

View home design
Mila 16

Mila 16

The central kitchen is the hub of the family-friendly Mila. With three bedrooms, (master at rear with ensuite), a large open plan living and dining area, the Mila has everything you need for everyday family living or entertaining. The main bathroom and a separate laundry are conveniently located between the two other bedrooms and there’s a double garage with internal access. One of our top small block home designs, the Mila is an ideal choice for the first home buyer.

View home design
Leo 13

Leo 13

The Leo gives you a spacious open plan kitchen, dining and family area that is ideal for first home buyers. It provides stylish living with all the essential features such as three or four bedrooms, an ensuite to the master bedroom, and an additional main bathroom, laundry and lock up garage. It’s everything a growing family needs (and then some).

View home design