With Cities across the world becoming increasingly more populated and the price of land evidently rising, narrow houses are popping up all over the place. Spaces all over the world within cities that were previously overlooked are being snapped up and architects are creating challenging designs to fill these spaces with extraordinary livable environments. Often, when having to think outside the box, inspiring and often playful results are soon created! Let’s delve into the world of narrow homes and the qualities they portray.
The Gap House – West London
Measuring just 8ft wide, once just a side alley between two houses and rear garden of the property next door, the Gap house is now a fully functioning home with all the amenities found in a standard size house.
This 4 bedroom home has an abundance of character, including a beautiful sculptured timber twisting staircase which runs through the centre of the house. To make the most of the natural daylight, the smaller bedrooms are stacked on top of eachother at the front of the property to allow for maximum natural light.
The Gap house was designed and built by Pitman Tozer Architects, the project itself was built as a case study, to explore ways to reduce its carbon footprint. The property own various ways of making this happen, including; rainwater harvesting, high levels of insulation and passive solar gain.
The Kensington House
The quaint three story narrow house in the heart of Kensington measures just 7ft wide, consists of two bedrooms, kitchen, living room and even has a roof terrace, all squeezed into a mere 84 inches.
The property was originally built in a gap between the adjacent houses in the 1930’s and has since had an additional two stories built since. The thought that has been put into the layout of the three floors is extremely clever and has maximised this small amount of space to the full. With the ground floor inhabiting the kitchen towards the front of the property and first bedroom to the rear, this gives ample space for an open plan kitchen with ample space for a dining table to entertain guests. On the second floor is the living area with doors opening out to its very own courtyard where gorgeous summer evenings can be spent. On the top floor hosts the double bedroom and bathroom, which includes a full size bathtub. A tranquil space to relax in the evenings after a long day.
This beautiful glass fronted family home is slotted perfectly between two terraced houses situated in west London. The beautiful home is spread over three floors and is measuring just under 10 feet wide. This narrow house site was originally the stables of a Victorian wine seller and was left vacant for decades due to its awkward shape.
The Architects, Boyarsky Murphy designed the beautiful 4 story residence’s ground floor in sunken to meet ground level and the rear of the property. At the rear of the property the house widens, enabling the developers to create a gorgeous terrace and garden area.
The Interiors of this unique home are simple yet impressive, ensuring natural light illuminates every space. The ground floor occupies a beautiful open plan living space with an enclosed balcony, while the lower ground floor is home to the kitchen and dining room. The top two floors belong to three bedrooms.