With a bigger push by Councils and property owners for more inner-city dwellings, subdivision of suburban blocks to house multiple dwellings is on the rise. We are seeing some fabulous small lot homes that are not only functional but sleek and stylish.

A small lot is defined as any block that has:

  • an average width of less than 15 metres and/or an area less than 450m²
  • an area less than 600m² (excluding access way) if a rear lot

When building on a small block of land there are quite a few things to consider. First of all, engage a builder who has experience with accessing tricky sites and knows the complexities of dealing with the Council regulations and requirements. Secondly, seek an architect or drafting service who have the experience and can deliver functionality for the space.

Most of all, you need a builder who is a good communicator and will keep you informed throughout the process and your neighbours happy!

Your builder along with a certifier will be able to guide you through the process of complying with all the rules and regulations. There are also extra costs associated with relaxations applications which need to be considered in the budget.  Be sure to include sheds, carports or other structures in your application to save reapplying and further costs in the future.

Building on a Small Lot

For a great example of a stylish renovation on a small lot check out our Bulimba 4 project. This project includes large open living and entertaining areas plus a carport and pool. The kitchen is a beautiful Hampton style with a huge timber column and exposed brick wall to add character. The use of the under stair storage area as a study makes this home super functional. View the completed project.

The Brisbane City Council has a guide and further information on building on small lots. Click here to view the guide.