EXPANSIVE DESIGN FOR SMALL & NARROW LOTS

Small & Narrow Blocks

Perth's Expert Custom Builders For Small Spaces

Small and narrow blocks can come about for several reasons – either due to a lot subdivision, or when purchasing a package of land from a developer. And with a rise in high-density living in Perth, the demand for narrow lot home designs is far exceeding the capacity of many Perth builders.

It’s not enough to adapt a traditional or standardised home design to squeeze into a smaller lot. When it comes to building a home on a limited or narrow block, the design needs to be crafted with the specific site in mind.

Central Avenue Homes are the experts when it comes to designing functional homes for narrow blocks – offering exceptional results for both owner-occupiers and investors.

We’ve completed countless small block home designs, with widths as little as 7 metres. Drawing on our decades of expertise, we can walk you through the process of constructing a narrow home you’ll love to live in.

Narrow And Small Block Homes: Things To Consider

There are a number of factors that may affect what you’re able to do when building on a smaller lot. Perth council zoning laws and guidelines for residential areas do place some limitations on what can be built and how a residential lot can be utilised.

Zoning laws vary from region to region, but some of the factors to consider when building on a narrow block in Perth include:

  • Whether a double-story or multi-storey dwelling is permitted
  • Balance of indoor and outdoor space
  • How close to the property boundaries you can build
  • Consideration of neighbouring properties (eg. maintaining privacy, ensuring natural light and views aren’t blocked)


Dealing with Perth council zoning laws can be a complex process. At Central Avenue Homes, we understand these regulations and requirements inside and out. We’ve been building on Perth’s narrow blocks and small lots for over 20 years, and we’re here to help you navigate council zoning guidelines while still creating the home of your dreams.

Let’s chat about turning your vision into reality.

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Narrow Block Design Strategies: Open Plan Living Indoor And Out

Small home design tip: Integrate spaces for seamless flow.

The less your home’s separate ‘zones’ are divided, the fewer barriers there are to encroach on your perception of the space. This is why open-plan living is absolutely essential for narrow blocks – when there’s a sense of flow between kitchen, living and dining areas, the home feels more expansive.

In the design phase and throughout the finishing, we can use clever
architectural and styling strategies to help delineate these spaces in your home without boxing them in.

One of the hallmarks of modern home design is the connection of outdoor spaces to the rest of the home. When it comes to building on narrow blocks, integrating indoor and outdoor spaces is even more vital. Your backyard, patio or courtyard can easily be forgotten without the right approach to narrow block design. It doesn’t just make your home feel larger – it also adds another functional family space that can be used day-to-day.

Make the most of your block’s entire area by approaching outdoor spaces as a natural, everyday living area – perfect for alfresco dining and family time.

Narrow Block Design Strategies: A Window Of Opportunity

Small home design tip: Fill spaces with natural light.

At Central Avenue Homes, we craft our property designs to maximise natural light and achieve climate-responsive, solar passive homes.

And not only does effective design keep your power bills to a minimum – the strategic use of large windows, skylights, highlight windows and glass doors is essential when it comes to making the most of a narrow block.

Not only does a brighter room look larger, but opening up as many walls as possible with windows and glass doors helps to create an expansive atmosphere, rather than being boxed in.

Narrow Block Design Strategies: Open Plan Living Indoor And Out

Small home design tip: Integrate spaces for seamless flow.

The less your home’s separate ‘zones’ are divided, the fewer barriers there are to encroach on your perception of the space. This is why open-plan living is absolutely essential for narrow blocks – when there’s a sense of flow between kitchen, living and dining areas, the home feels more expansive.

In the design phase and throughout the finishing, we can use clever architectural and styling strategies to help delineate these spaces in your home without boxing them in.

One of the hallmarks of modern home design is the connection of outdoor spaces to the rest of the home. When it comes to building on narrow blocks, integrating indoor and outdoor spaces is even more vital. Your backyard, patio or courtyard can easily be forgotten without the right approach to narrow block design. It doesn’t just make your home feel larger – it also adds another functional family space that can be used day-to-day.

Make the most of your block’s entire area by approaching outdoor spaces as a natural, everyday living area – perfect for alfresco dining and family time.

Narrow Block Design Strategies: Make the Most Of Vertical Space

Small home design tip: don’t just build out, build up.

Of course, the most obvious example of maximising vertical space is building a multi-story dwelling. The townhouse approach also allows for separation of living areas and bedrooms without requiring a large block to work with.

But that’s not the only way to put your block’s vertical dimension to work.

High ceilings and plenty of natural light will make your living areas feel spacious, even on a narrow lot. Particularly in open-plan living, kitchen and dining areas, ceiling height will be a crucial factor in maintaining a spacious and breezy environment.

Narrow Block Design Strategies: A Window Of Opportunity

Small home design tip: Fill spaces with natural light.

At Central Avenue Homes, we craft our property designs to maximise natural light and achieve climate-responsive, solar passive homes.

And not only does effective design keep your power bills to a minimum – the strategic use of large windows, skylights, highlight windows and glass doors is essential when it comes to making the most of a narrow block.

Not only does a brighter room look larger, but opening up as many walls as possible with windows and glass doors helps to create an expansive atmosphere, rather than being boxed in.

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500+

Custom Homes Built

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Happy Clients

4,650,000+

Bricks Laid

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Of Concrete Poured

Why Choose Central Avenue Homes To Build On My Small Block?

As a custom home builder, we collaborate one-on-one with our clients to ensure our design choices reflect exactly what you’re looking for. Central Avenue Homes puts you in control of the design choices while lending you our expertise in narrow & small home construction.

Each custom home design is crafted to your requirements and, crucially, with the specific lot in mind. We take into consideration the block’s orientation, surrounding landscape, and even other structures nearby to ensure our design works perfectly.

Building a home on a narrow block can seem like the challenge of a lifetime – but Central Avenue Homes is by your side for the entire journey, from conception through to completion. We have the knowledge and creative thinking to unlock the full potential of a small or narrow lot, so you and your family benefit for years to come.

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