Stylish House Plans for Small Lots

By Aurora Zeledon

Stand out on a city block with a bold style.

Location, Location, Location
The old saying holds true - your location matters more than anything else when you're contemplating your new home. Cities offer excitement, cultural amenities, and lots of dining. For many people, a neighborhood with history and tradition can seem more appealing than a bland suburb. But land can get very expensive in dense cities, so you've got to maximize every bit of space.

These standout designs feature slim footprints that will fit a tight lot. They also bring bold style and modern amenities.



If you've got a narrow, deep lot, plan 928-296 by Visbeen Architects fits beautifully. This ultra-modern design shows off large windows and a harmonious mix of materials for a facade with tons of depth and interest. Inside, the open layout revolves around the island kitchen, which features sliding doors to the side patio for easy summer grilling. The garage is set way back, keeping the curb appeal attractive.


Plan 1066-33 also shows off sleek lines and large expanses of glass. A covered balcony next to the great room creates additional outdoor living space, which can be in short supply when your lot is small. Also on this level, a full bathroom can serve impromptu visitors who sleep over in the den. Three more bedrooms sit upstairs, along with the laundry room. The master suite features generous dimensions and a large shower.



What if you want something a little more traditional? Plan 137-271 displays some of that highly coveted modern farmhouse appeal, with a sleek metal roof and wide porch. With just one level, it's easy to get around (making this a smart choice for aging in place or raising small children). A screen porch in back lets you relax outside without having to swat away insects. Other highlights include the master suite's spacious bathroom and extra storage in the great room.


Speaking of tradition, Craftsman bungalows fit beautifully in many narrow infill locations. Plan 48-646 presents a lovely example of the style, complete with the wide porch (supported by tapered columns), earthy materials like stone and shingle, and a charming dormer. However, unlike purchasing an original Craftsman bungalow (if you can find one), this home won't require any remodeling. Instead, you get modern amenities from the start, like the master suite's large shower and the kitchen's open layout with an island. A pocket office near the front provides a peaceful place for working from home. 


Back to modern for a moment: plan 25-4578 would make a cool, eye-catching home for a single person or couple, or perhaps even an attractive add-on (like an in-law unit or guest cottage) on a larger lot. The 815-square-foot layout features one bedroom and one bathroom, with a two-sided fireplace warming both the living room and the bedroom. An island in the kitchen promotes easy entertaining. 


How narrow do you need to go? Really, really narrow? No problem. Plan 79-278 measures just 14 feet wide! Inside, the kitchen overlooks the dining room with a snack counter, so you can still have people over for a dinner party. A fireplace in the living room adds traditional charm. Upstairs, each bedroom (the master and a guest) includes a private bathroom.


Here's another very narrow plan with cool curb appeal. Just 20 feet wide, plan 497-53 still manages to fit in outdoor living with a side patio. The layout would work well for owners with frequent guests or a live-in relative, with the second bedroom easy to reach on the main level. Upstairs, the master suite enjoys easy access to the office/library. 

Explore more plans for narrow lots to find your perfect fit. 

May 18, 2018