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DESIGN PRINCIPALS OF NARROW TOWNHOUSE; FOR AFFORDABILITY AND ADAPTABILITY

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By : Avi Friedman and Robyn Whitwham

 
Recognized for their high density and resources conservation, townhouses are attracting homebuyers and builders once again. With housing affordability being an issue in many nations, the interior and the exterior must be cost effective. Their proportions, however, pose a particular design challenge. The typically narrow width limit design options and the long footprint restrict the amount of light that reaches the dwelling’s center. This article presents strategies used by designers of notable townhouses with a width smaller than 6 meters to best solve those challenges. The authors studied interior design of 28 narrow units and drew conclusions about key principles that facilitated their planning. The research demonstrates that space efficiency can be achieved by employing open plans, minimizing circulation, using light colors, varying ceiling heights, suitable window placement and creative storage fixtures.
Keywords : Narrow townhouses, Space efficiency, Adaptability, Affordability.

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