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Stylish House Plans for Narrow Lots

Don’t Let a Skinny Building Lot Cramp Your Style!


Building on a narrow lot might not be everyone but if you answer yes to any of these questions then a narrow lot home is the answer you’re looking for.

Are you…

  • Not interested in taking care of a sprawling suburban yard?
  • Looking for a smaller ecological footprint for your home?
  • Interested in a closely grouped, tight-knit neighborhood to gain a sense of community?
  • Working with a smaller budget and can afford only a small building lot?

For any of these reasons, you need a narrow-lot house plan.

But don't think you need to compromise on style, space, or livability if you choose one of these plans. Narrow-lot homes can be attractive and spacious!


What is a Narrow Lot Home?

Similar to the classic Shotgun House, a narrow lot home has more depth and less width but it doesn’t have to be one long line like a shotgun house and it can be multi-level.

Building homes on a narrow lot has become increasingly popular in recent years due to its many benefits.


Advantages of a Narrow Lot Home?

There are many reasons why you might choose to build a narrow house.

  • They are cheaper to build (a smaller footprint means fewer materials and a lower cost to build)
  • You may have more building location options because a narrow home may fit in more places than a larger home.
  • Better for the environment (less energy to power the home, less building materials, etc.)

In addition to these, building on a narrow lot offers plenty of opportunities for unique design and styling opportunities.


Disadvantages of a Narrow Lot Home?

Really, there is only one main disadvantage of a home on a narrow lot and that’s space. You have to get creative with your home design to smartly use all the space you have available to you.

Not only that, but some furniture pieces that seemed perfect in a larger home might now dwarf their surroundings and seem out of place or they may not fit at all.

Luckily, these “cons” are fixable. In fact, it’s actually quite easy to accommodate them.


How Do You Make a Narrow Home Seem Bigger on the Inside?

If you build a home from The Plan Collection, the smart use of space is already taken care of, as all of our plans are designed with style and livability in mind.

However, once built, there are more things you can do to make the most of your narrow home.

  • Swap large, bulky furniture for smaller pieces
  • Consider furniture custom-made for the space
  • Invest in a projector and screen or wall-mounted TV
  • Use mirrors to create the illusion of width within the home
  • Keep similar colors throughout the home, so it doesn’t feel segmented

Following these tips will have your narrow home feeling more open and spacious.


10 Favorite Narrow Lot Home Plans

Here are just 10 of our favorite house plans that can fit on a narrow lot.

We hope they can give you a good idea of what’s out there, but if you don’t find one you like, we do have plenty more for you to choose from.

You can see our other options by clicking right here.


Narrow Craftsman House with High Ceilings


The charm of this craftsman cottage makes it one of our absolute favorites, so we had to show it to you first. We love how the plan’s high ceilings use all of the lot’s vertical space, creating an airy and cozy atmosphere.

The front porch of this lovely home plan also opens straight into the great room, creating a warm and inviting ambiance the moment you step in.

This space features a striking fireplace with a built-in entertainment unit above it. Because it’s so open, the floor plan makes the most of every square inch of space, weaving the dining area and kitchen perfectly into its design.


Traditional Home with Grand Fireplace


This is one of our favorite plans for a narrow lot because of how many amenities it includes without feeling crowded. This home has the following features:

  • 3 bedrooms
  • 2 ½ baths
  • 2 full floors
  • Corner fireplace in the family room
  • Utility room with entrance from the rear porch
  • Walk-in closets in each bedroom
  • Powder room
  • Plenty of attic storage


Not only that, but the home’s beautiful exterior is Colonial-inspired and encompasses 1888 square feet of living space.


3-Bedroom Contemporary House 


What a beauty! You definitely don’t have to compromise on style while building on a narrow lot. This 3-bedroom contemporary house reclaims the “shotgun house” label with a fashionable modern twist.

Because of its size and design, this home would be perfect for retirement, a vacation getaway, or even a starter home! The pleasant one-story home's floor plan has 1365 square feet of fully conditioned living space and includes the following amenities:

  • Spacious walk-in closets in each of the 3 bedrooms
  • Roomy walk-in kitchen pantry and laundry room
  • Eat-in kitchen with breakfast bar
  • Voluminous sloped ceilings
  • 2-car garage


Colonial Home with Gorgeous Vaulted Ceilings


The free-flowing nature of this Colonial-style country home gives off such a homey vibe that we had to include it in our favorites.

We love that there are plenty of windows (particularly in the back living area) which would allow all who live here a view of picturesque surroundings. In addition, the adorable 1.5-story home's floor plan has 1656 square feet of heated and cooled living space and features other amenities such as:

  • Vaulted ceiling in the living room, dining area, and patio
  • Spacious utility room
  • Powder room
  • Walk-in kitchen pantry
  • Lots of storage


It really makes perfect use of the space available.


Modern 3-Bedroom Perfect for City Living


This distinctive modern brownstone-style house has plenty of contemporary touches. It offers plenty of space and charm and is designed for gracious living, including 3 spacious bedrooms. It can be perfect as a standalone or fit right into a more urban neighborhood in any American city.

The floor plan has 2843 square feet of heated and cooled living space on the main and upper levels. With wonderful amenities and a straightforward design, this house may well be perfect for you and your family.


Quaint Farmhouse Plan with 4 Bedrooms


This wonderfully designed Farmhouse style home just oozes country charm. It has clean, simple styling and unique clapboard siding, all of which contribute to a natural, homey curb appeal that would work perfectly in both rural or more suburban surroundings. 

The elegant 2-story floor plan has 3312 square feet of living space and includes 4 bedrooms.
If you have a lot that is narrow in the sense that it is wide, but not deep, this home would fit perfectly. 


Narrow-lot Craftsman with Large Master Bedroom 


This unique craftsman house has country influences and meets at the sweet spot of the two designs, sporting the best of both. Its strong stone detailing makes the most of the “small” space, but at 1440 square feet and 2 bedrooms, there is still plenty of space for a young family or pair of empty nesters.

It also has 2 full bathrooms and a 2-car garage, along with a covered porch and plenty of storage space.


Modern Beachfront Home with a Pool


Bought a home in the Caribbean on a narrow lot? Or maybe you just want to taste the tropics wherever you are. Then this 4-bedroom beach house is the perfect fit for you.

The home's interior faces the pool and hot tub courtyard (if you choose to add those features), making it perfect for entertaining guests or enjoying a fun night in.

The living and dining areas are divided by a textured glass wall and open to the pool as well. The upper floor includes 4 bedrooms, a laundry room, a sitting area, and a deck.


Narrow Farmhouse with Country Charm


This cozy farmhouse turns the typical “shotgun” style on its head by incorporating all the charming characteristics of a modern farmhouse, like plenty of windows and four sturdy columns to frame the front of the house.

It might seem narrow (it’s only 24 feet across), but still packs in over 2100 square feet of living space into its narrow footprint. 

There are plenty of amenities, like:

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Mudroom with space for built-in storage like lockers or a bench
  • Laundry room
  • Large rear carport


Large Cottage Plan with Great Use of Space


This charming Cottage style home plan has Bungalow influences and manages to fit 2185 square feet of living space into its narrow frame. It has plenty of room for a family, with 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, and 1 half bath.

There’s also a central fireplace for cozy nights, as well as a gorgeous front porch for warmer afternoons.


Nowadays, a narrow lot isn’t one for the “cons” column. It’s easy to build the home of your dreams on the lot you have, whatever the size. You don’t have to sacrifice style or amenities with these home plans and their smart use of space. If you have any questions about building on a narrow lot, please feel free to contact us.

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