Narrow lots create a number of challenges for those who own them, firstly in designing a home to fit on a small space without making the home feel like a prison, secondly in making the block appear larger than it really is for the all-important resale value and also in creating an attractive landscape to suit all needs of the home’s occupants. Here are some helpful tips for creating a landscape to compliment your narrow lot house design.
Gardening experts suggest that using every inch of your land will help your block seem larger than it is, this includes that little patch out the front of your home between the footpath and the curb (if you happen to have a footpath out the front of your home). Utilising this verge space to plant ground coverings such as low-growing succulents or perennial flowers helps to add interest and colour to the front of your home as well as lengthening the size of your yard.
If you have a two storey narrow lot house plan you could create a vertical garden of climbing plants to brighten up a bare external wall of the home, or draw attention upwards making the yard feel bigger. Vertical gardens are also useful in covering up ugly fencing and adding a focal point to an otherwise boring space. Using focal points such as water features, winding paths, seating areas and bold tropical plants helps to distract the viewer from noticing the small plot of land.
Lawn is not an essential part of a backyard, so if you don’t need lawn in your yard then replace it with lots of different, attractive plants of various sizes and shapes; plants with large leaves can help you change the scale of your yard. Make yourself a miniature forest with footpaths winding through it to allow for garden maintenance and easy access, maybe even a hidden seating area where you can go to sit and read a book without being disturbed!
Use interesting or attractive materials to build pathways, especially if you have a neglected side yard. Paths that can help you to link the backyard to the front yard will add to the feeling of a lengthened yard, particularly when there are several different elements to appreciate along the way such as hedges, vines, seating areas or water features. Outdoor seating areas should be located further away from the house in order to give the impression of a larger yard.
A popular way to maximise the use of outdoor space for a narrow lot home design is to divide the available yard space into distinctly separate zones because this way all areas are more likely to be used; zones may include a vegetable garden or greenhouse, a fire pit, grassed areas for kids to play on, a patio or feature garden. If possible, use bamboo screening as a way to block out views of neighbouring yards and keeping your yard feeling cosy and intimate.