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How much do narrow lot style houses cost per square foot (approximately)?

Narrow lot houses, also known as zero-lot-line houses and patio homes, are a great choice for future homeowners on a tight budget. Not only is the cost of the lot often lower (assuming you aren’t building a coastal house with a great ocean view), there are no special added costs to construction of a narrow lot house. Narrow lot style houses tend to have straightforward floor designs and fewer corners, keeping total costs down. The cost per square foot for building a narrow lot style house in the US ranges from about $100 to $200, but it’s possible to spend as little as $70 a square foot for a house built with just the essentials, or much, much more for a luxurious home on a narrow scenic lot.

Are there narrow lot style floor plans with a detached garage?  Is it possible?

It is easy to find hundreds of plans for houses to be built on narrow lots that include a detached garage. Typically a narrow driveway would run along one side of the house leading to a detached garage behind the house,

Does a narrow lot style house usually come with a garage?  

Nearly all plans for houses to be built on narrow lots include a garage. Most plans for narrow lot style houses include an attached garage. Exceptions for this rule are zero-lot-line houses, which usually require parking on the street, and patio houses built on lots less than 30 feet wide.

Is narrow lot style considered a grand or luxury style of home?  Is the style used for mansions or normally regular-sized homes?

Luxurious narrow lot style houses are those built in exclusive neighborhoods or with beach views. A narrow lot style house on the beach in Malibu, for instance, could be designed to be a luxury home (and city planning boards may require it to be). But narrow lots are not appropriate for mansions, and it may even be a challenge to build a “normal size” home on a narrow lot without building two or three floors.

Is a narrow lot style house ever built as a “small” home?  Can it be built economically?

Small homes are well adapted to narrow lots. You can find plans for homes as small as 300 square feet to build on narrow lots. Because the garage may have to be placed under the living space, cost to build per square foot may be closer to $200 than to $100, but you will be building a home with far fewer than the normal number of square feet.

Can narrow lot style floor plans be open concept?

An open concept floor plan for the ground floor of a house built in narrow lot style makes a small house feel larger. There aren’t a lot of plans for open concept narrow lot houses, but they can be found.

What are popular narrow lot style exterior colors?

Your narrow lot house can wear its miniscule size majestically when its exterior is painted a dark green, like sage green, and trimmed in white. Yellow and white, as well as Mediterranean blue and white, are classic color combinations for houses built on narrow lots. Other color combinations that work are ivory with blue and aqua, or “dark enough” chocolate and white, or black and red trim with blue-tinted white for most of the exterior.

Your most important color choice, however, is for your front door. Calling attention to your front door leads the eyes to the interior of your house and leads eyes away from your narrow lot.

Can you build a narrow lot style house on a narrow lot?  

Well, yes, you can build a narrow lot style house on a narrow lot. It’s the only style you should build on a narrow lot.

Can this style be built on a wide lot?

A narrow lot style house built on a wide lot comes off as a tiny house with a big yard. There are settings where this works, such as yards with magnificent landscaping, but it’s usually better to choose a house style proportional to your lot size.

Can narrow lot style homes be built on a sloping lot?

Narrow, sloping lots require the intervention of an architect or an engineer and probably some expensive excavation work, but it is possible to build a narrow lot style house on a sloping lot. If you spend a little time looking, you can find narrow lot house plans that work on sloping lots for houses of 192 to 600 square feet.

How many floors/stories does narrow lot style usually have?

Houses built on narrow lots are more likely to have two or more floors than just one, to compensate for the small footprint of the house.

Do narrow lot style houses have a basement?

The options for expanding living space in a narrow lot style house are building up or building down. Houses built on narrow lots are often built with a basement to provide more living space.

Does this style of house ever come with a bonus room?

You can find hundreds of plans for narrow lot style houses that include a bonus room. Or just look for plans with one more bedroom than you think you will need,

Do narrow lot style floor plans come with energy-efficient options?

Most narrow lot style floor plans come with energy-efficient options. Your local planning board may require them.

Is a porch a common design feature with narrow lot style houses?

Porches add space to narrow lot houses, although plans for narrow lot style houses with wrap-around porches are almost impossible to find.

What types of roof does a narrow lot style house typically have?

Nearly all houses built on narrow lots will have sloping, but not gabled, shingled roofs. You can find some beach, Mediterranean, Modern, and Scandinavian style plans that have flat roofs.

Does narrow lot style work well with a rustic interior decor?  Or is it more suited to a contemporary interior?

Rustic decoration tends to be a bit cluttered for a smallish house built on a narrow lot. Narrow lot style houses are better suited for minimalist elegance found in Scandinavian and Japanese design.