Surprise Lack of available space in major cities have left many homeowners with cramped spaces to live in. However, a house does not necessarily need to be large enough in order to be comfortable. Here are some examples of houses that are not wide but narrow, very narrow in fact. These houses are standing testaments to the fact that size does not play a role in determining the comfort level of a home.
Located in Toronto, Canada, the Shaft House is a multi storey residence that was built between two buildings. Situated on a lot that is only 20 feet wide, the house may be narrow but is quite airy and bright inside thanks to strategically placed windows and skylights throughout the house. The clean, angled look of the building also makes it stand out from its neighbors.
Fujiwarramuro Architects – Narrow Home
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The Narrow Home as it is called by its creators, is a home which measures only about 36.95 square meters. What it lacks in width, it makes up for it in height though. Despite the small size of the structure, the builders have ensured to make it as comfortable as possible by adding skylights and windows at appropriate locations. This creates the illusion of openness which makes the home seem bigger than it actually is.
Located in Shiga in Japan, the Promenade House has been designed and built by FORM KouichiKimuar Architects. The entire house covers an area of only 124.3 square meters. The site that the house sits on is only about 4 meters wide, but 35 meters deep. This resulted in the architects building a house that is only 2.7 meters wide, but with rooms spread out in a straight row along the narrow hallway.
The River Side House
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Designed and built by MizuishiArhitect Atelier, the River Side House is located in Horinouchi in Japan. While most narrow homes feature a rectangle shape, the shape of the River Side House, at least its ground floor is triangular in shape. This is attributed to the shape of the site which is also triangular. While the ground room is used for storage, the first floor contains a living area, dining area, kitchen, bedroom and a guest room.
The Courtyard House
Located in Seattle, Washington, the Courtyard House owes its brilliant design to DeForest Architects. Situated on a waterfront, this extremely narrow home features a modernistic design with panoramic views of the surroundings. The architects have made use of floor to ceiling windows in order to provide a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces.
The OH House
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When was the last time you walked past a house and let your jaw drop down in surprise as you silently mouthed an “OH”? The OH House in Japan has been designed and built to incite the same response among passersby. Designed and built by Atelier Tekuto, the OH House sits on an irregularly shaped plot which is lower than the street level by 1.5 meters. The door of the house opens to a flight of steps which provides access to the rooms located on the higher levels of the structure. Owing to the owner’s requests, the exterior of the building has been painted black and only a few windows have been installed to ensure maximum privacy.
Located in in Great Cumbrae, Scotland, the Wedge is a super narrow home that is only 47 inches wide in front although it tends to get a bit wider as you move towards the back of your home. Featured in the Guinness Book of World Records, this house is among one of the narrowest buildings on earth.
The Keret House
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Located in Warsaw, Poland is what can possibly be the narrowest house in the entire world. The Keret House is named after EtgarKeret, a famous Israeli writer. Designed and built by Jakub Szczesny, the house does not reach even 5 feet at its widest point and is packed conveniently between two buildings.
There is no need to worry about lack of space when buying or building a home. A home can be modernistic, comfortable and ultra stylish even if it is super skinny like these homes.