This narrow home in Edmonton, Canada, measures only 17 feet wide from one side to the other of its eye-catching facade. Making the best of the compact 25′ x 140′ infill lot, the studio who imagined the inspiring modern home – Thirdstone inc. – saw this project as an opportunity to create a unique home. Rising up two stories in the air was one of the solutions proposed and accepted in order to increase square footage. Also, this was the perfect way to introduce a landscaped garden in the compact lot, so the owner would enjoy all the benefits of a grounded home.
Known as the LG House, this contemporary narrow home encourages neighbors to see inside via large floor-to-ceiling windows. Not all people have the courage to live such an open lifestyle. Somehow, this particular modern residence is keen on belonging to the neighborhood and its community. Showcasing a proudly designed vertical architecture, this narrow home ascends to the sky while setting the bar high for creative design.
Main living spaces occupy the first floor, while the upper level is reserved for private quarters. Shaping an U plan, the spaces surround a private outdoor courtyard facing south. Opening to the outdoors via the dining space’s folding glass wall system, the entertaining areas extend outdoors. Imagine breakfast in the garden before leaving for work. Take a second and think how you would effortlessly flow from one space to the next in a space that was so challenging for the architects to build.
Spreading over 3,400 square feet, the narrow home spreading an inviting light around the neighborhood captures sunlight thanks to its east-west orientation. Even more, materials used to build it were affordable but were also applied in a unique way, making the home’s eye-catching design appealing even on a tighter budget.
“To maintain affordability, materials incorporated in the project consisted of standard building materials which were applied in a unique manner. 4’x10′ fibre-cement panels were ‘ripped’ and installed using standard lap siding techniques. Cedar planks were used to highlight architectural details of the house and installed using ‘rain-screen’ principles. This resulted in a distinctive appearance yet it was accomplished using affordable ‘standard’ materials.”
Photographs by Merle Prosofsky offer us a glimpse inside the narrow home. Enjoy and let us know what was your favorite detail seen in this narrow home, we’d love to know.
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