Do This if You Only Have Small Site for Building Your House

The need for urban homes with spacious spaces is often constrained by very limited site conditions. In addition to being limited in size, often the land that we can get also has other limitations. These limitations include: the land is in a corner position, surrounded by buildings built very close around our site, areas that can be built cut off by various types of city regulations, and various other problems. If you are a family facing similar problems, this article may give you another perspective on it. Let’s look at the following article!

Buying and owning a large area of ​​land and located in a strategic location is a dream of every family. But in reality it is now very difficult for us to get the land plot that is quite ideal, especially in urban areas. Even if we can find the land, most likely the price is very high.

Limited site conditions is certainly a challenge for landowners. In many cases, landowners often think that utilizing the existing land means the same as build a building with the widest extent possible following the size and shape of the land. This is because often landowners do not want to realize that building also needs a space to “breathe” and secure areas in terms of fire hazard mitigation.

Well, the following points can help you design the layout of the building on the narrow and limited land you have.

1. Understand the shape of your land

The first thing you need to do before you attempt to design a house building on your limited site is to understand the shape of your land. By understanding the shape and all the limitations that exist in your site, at least you will have a list of potential problems that may arise and should be anticipated from the beginning.

On the other hand, if you are observant to see your land form both in two dimensional and three dimensional perspectives, you can see the most possible configuration of mass (shape) of the building. In addition, taking into account the daily activity patterns associated with your land (eg traffic around the land, activity patterns in the right, left and rear buildings) can help you design the best circulation point for your land.

Do This if You Only Have Small Site for Building Your House
Optimization of site size

Do This if You Only Have Small Site for Building Your House
Some sample of variation in land plot shape in Jakarta

2. Always follow the rules

The next thing you need to remember is the importance of following the relevant building regulations in your area. By following these rules, you are actively involved in maintaining the sustainability of the built environment. Just imagine, if all the landowners build their house without obeying the rules and build the building to cover all the available land, this will certainly reduce the surface soil absorption and will be particularly disastrous in the rainy season. Surface soils that should be able to absorb water but covered with concrete or asphalt, for example, will increase surface run offs that contribute to the occurrence of puddles and floods in major cities.

In addition, following the rules can also help maintain the quality of air circulation in our home environment remains good. For example, by following a minimum distance rule between buildings, you provide an opportunity for the building to “breathe”. Providing sufficient distance between buildings also means you can place the necessary wall openings to always get fresh airflow into your home.

3. Always give space for buildings to “breathe”

Good air circulation is one important aspect that will affect the health of your home environment. Building a house to spend your land will only make your building difficul to “breathe”. This is because the wall openings will be difficult to function optimally on the walls of each other coincide. For that, always provide enough space between to separate your building with buildings around your home. Thus, the outside air circulation into or otherwise will be more smoothly.

Providing a void that connects the ground floor space with space on the floor above could also help the air circulation in your house. In addition, voids also allow natural light to spread better in the room. For homes on limited land, you can experiment with the optimal size of voids for your home.

4. Take advantage of vertical space

One of the tips to get around the limited land when you build a house, is optimizing the vertical space. This can be done by “lifting” the mass of the building. With the building uplifted, air circulation can flow through the side wall as well as the bottom of the building itself. It also helps you expand the area that serves as a ventilation hole. The slightly elevated shape of the building allows you to place the vents on the perimeter of the floor and make the room temperature cooler.

Do This if You Only Have Small Site for Building Your House
Take advantage of vertical space.

5. Combination of “open” space and “closed” space

The combination of open space and enclosed spaces (both literally and visually) can give a broad impression on narrow and limited land. The use of semi-transparent materials (eg, either intact or split bamboo stems, transparent glass) can reduce the rigid / rigid impression on space. The installation of bamboo blinds as an exterior element for example, can be done to maintain privacy in open space. In addition, the bamboo blinds can also function to hold the tampias when it rains and allow for better air exchange between the inner and outer space of your home.

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