Making the most of a narrow lot

Narrow lots are becoming increasingly more popular in inner city suburbs, where demand is high and land is scarce. Due to this we are seeing an increase in subdivisions and a decrease in the size of blocks.  


Our current build in Paddington is a narrow lot, keep watching our social media pages to see this progress. With this in mind we thought we’d give some insight into them and how to best make use of the lot. 


So, what is a considered a narrow lot? 

- generally anything with a 10-12metre frontage!  

Things to keep in mind: 

Each council will have provisions of what is acceptable for the development of your narrow lot. This may include things such as:  

- ratio of house to land: a final percentage of how much floor space your new build can take up on the lot

- setbacks from the boundary: how close you can build to the boundary. Habitable and inhabatable spaces such as decks and carports fall into these different categories respectively. 

- building height: this will impact the amount of levels you can have with your house design. Theres been an increasing trend of flat roofs or roof terraces in Melbourne, in order to increase square metres and space while staying under building height 

- neighbour privacy: things such as window coverings or frosted glass, privacy screening and views may need to be considered when building, especially for two/three story homes. 


Design Tips and Tricks:

1. Maximise space inside the home  

- declutter, less is more, choose a minimalist style, with low set furniture

- go vertical, use the walls to add character such as art or mirrors


2. Light up the room

- keep wall and ceiling colours light

- have large windows and minimal window coverings  


3. Open up

- use open plan living, sky lights, voids

- maximise wall height (above standard - 2700mm high minimum), or

- finish the room with exposed rafters or

- raked ceilings


4. Alfresco loving 

- create a seamless entry between the indoors and outdoors to give the feel of more space 


Check out our narrow lot designs here, or have your own design ready to go, Contact us for help with your next narrow lot build! 

$20,000 Boost from Exclusive Living for First Home Buyers

Affording a new home is now possible thanks to Exclusive Living and Lifestyle and the Queensland Government!!


The Queensland Government is granting first home buyers $15,000 to build their new home. Exclusive Living and Lifestyle is boosting this with $20,000! That’s a total of $35,000 in grants towards your first home!! 


Exclusive Living and Lifestyle has many designs to suit every budget. All of our designs are turn-key, meaning, a complete house with no hidden costs. We can build anywhere you’d like - whether that’s a certain suburb, near schools, shopping centres or another preference. 


Stop Renting. Stop Waiting. CLICK HERE to organise a free, no obligation consultation. 



First Home Owners Grant

The Queensland Government is helping first home owners get into their first home sooner. You can use the FHOG as part of your deposit! 

Eligible applicants will receive $15,000 towards building your new home. The grant includes houses and townhouses valued at less than $750,000.   


Eligibility criteria includes:  

- you must be 18 years of age

- you must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident  

- you or your spouse cannot have previously ownes property in Australia that you lived in

- value of house and land less than $750,000

- you must move in within 1 year of contract and live there continuously for 6months  


Stop Renting now! 


Exclusive Living and Lifestyle has house and land packages to suit all budgets!

Please contact us by phone or email for a free, no obligation consultation!! 

Why Dual Living?

Dual living dwellings are becoming increasingly more popular for both investors and home owners. For investors, dual living provides an opportunity to receive two rental incomes, meaning the property should be positively geared. For home owners; they can utilise the extra rental income, allowing them to pay down their mortgage faster, decreasing the amount of interest paid.

What is Dual Living?

Dual living is two dwellings on one lot of land, usually separated by a fire or party wall. There is usually a larger dwelling with all of the inclusions of a standard home and the second dwelling is generally a one to two bedroom “unit” with a smaller kitchen, lounge and bathroom.

Why Dual Living?

In addition to increased cashflow, dual living has;

  • cheaper build costs compared to a duplex or two separate dwellings

  • Purchase only one block of land

  • lower maintenance costs

  • one set of rates / no body corporate fees

  • lower risk - if one property is vacant for a certain period, there is still an income from the other dwelling

For an example of a dual living design, check out Exclusive Living and Lifestyle’s design “Hudson” at

For more information or to build a dual living property feel free to use our contact form, by phone or email.