Plans found: 19,000+
Need more options?
Advanced Search


   E-mail this article to a friend.

Leslie Patterson  by Leslie Patterson

Building a home plan on a narrow lot often presumes physical limitations. However, this is very often not the case. There are many options to choose from to overcome the setbacks of a smaller or narrow lot.


Traditional style two-story house plan perfect for a narrow lot

View This House Plan

View Other Traditional House Plans

Narrow lots are generally those that are 50 feet wide or less. A simple way of increasing living space is to choose a plan that rises up instead of spreading out. Many two-story home plans are perfect for a narrow lot. In addition to fitting into the space you have, two-story homes are often less expensive to build because of less foundation and roof area and materials.


Another option is to choose a plan that is wide but not very deep and turn it to the side. This will work exceptionally well if the home has decorative windows on the side and an appealing roofline to add curb appeal.

Terrific house plan with great appeal perfect for a narrow lot


View This House Plan

View Other Neoclassical House Plans

A main challenge with narrow lots is the garage placement. Ideally, it is best to place the garage at the rear of the home. If the garage must be placed at the front of the home, pay close attention to the design of the doors. Consider adding an extended roofline to soften the look and offer a warmer appearance. A porch also adds to a home’s inviting appeal.


With any home plan you can extend the boundaries by creating a visual connection between the home and surrounding environment. A good landscape design will add dimension to a small area.


Narrow lots should not be seen as a problem and rather a way to challenge the homebuilder into adding well thought out details and decorative extras to make your home uniquely yours. There are many exciting home plans to choose from here at that will suit your specific style and desires in a dream home while satisfying the constraints of a narrow lot.

Here are some related articles:

- Building on a Smaller Lot

- Choosing a Homesite

- Planning Your Outdoors

- Selecting The Perfect Home For Your Lot

- Why Buy Stock Plans?



Save this article to:

back to top