We sat down with the Director of Assetbuild, Kevin Bishop, to chat about one of their latest client homes and find out what it takes to make the most from a narrow lot.
Builder: Assetbuild | Photography: Michael Baldwin
How do you make a narrow lot home feel more spacious?
This was the challenge for Assetbuild when their client presented them with a narrow lot and big plans to create a spacious modern home to suit their modern lifestyle.
The client’s needs were deceptively simple.
They had already knocked back the standard designs from other builders who didn’t fully understand the client’s needs and couldn’t come up with a narrow lot design that excited them. So it was over to Assetbuild to create something exceptional.
What are the highlights of this narrow lot design – what features make it feel so spacious?
Full height fixed windows fill the modern kitchen and scullery with natural light, and the stacking doors that connect the large living areas with the alfresco create a feeling of openness.
The colours and textures in the timber ceilings and eaves help bring a relaxing soft ambience, and can make the outdoor area feel bigger and brighter.
Do you have a favourite feature in this home and why?
“The open timber staircase in the entry with polished plaster and 1200mm wide timber door in aluminium frame.”
The stairs have some flair. The open riser stairs add transparency, visual appeal and create an airy atmosphere – contributing to the spacious feel of the narrow lot home. They also don’t interrupt your line of sight with the outdoor area, making the entry look and feel larger.
The 1200mm wide entry door adds to the feeling of openness, and also comes in handy if you need to manoeuvre large pieces of furniture into your home.
Did you have a goal in sight when designing the narrow layout of this home?
Our client’s wanted something with a special wow-factor from their narrow block, and we wanted to create something special working with their goals in mind. That was to create a modern, open plan home on the fringe of the city with a spacious kitchen that is great for entertaining.
Our client’s are also big football fans so we wanted to make their home theatre perfect for game day!
Did the windows and doors play a role in creating a sense of openness for the client’s narrow lot design?
Working with a narrow lot, the clients wanted to create a spacious modern home to suit their lifestyle.
The stacking doors open the alfresco and the dining room for entertaining, and the fixed glass panels in the living room facing north let light into the home to give that feeling of spaciousness.
Jason Stacking Doors offer the ultimate alfresco solution giving your home the feeling of large open living spaces. Available in your choice of three or six panel stacking doors spanning up to six metres in width.
The 1200mm wide entry door is set into a 2 story aluminium window frame that lets the western light filter into the entry.
Did you come across any challenges with this home design?
The main challenge was to create a spacious home on a narrow lot. To achieve this, and overcome the second challenge of a sloping block, the home had to be built over a split level site.
Assetbuild saw this as an opportunity to creatively design a home that suits the block, allows plenty of natural light and maximises the feeling of space.
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About the Author
Kevin Bishop is the Director of Assetbuild. Meeting every client face to face and understanding their goals is how Assetbuild stay personally invested in every home we build. After 27 years in the industry I know that open, honest communication is critical for a streamlined building process. but not just with clients, communication on the work site, in administration and support services too. The smoother the process, the better the client experience and that’s something we all strive for.
The clients had a very specific vision in mind, they wanted a 5-star hotel inspired luxury residence that would still function as a beautiful home that could accommodate friends and family. The layout was designed by Grant Henerdson at GRH Designs, but Zazen Building & Design had to turn this vision into a reality.