|Lower Floor Plan|
Many additions on small lots are built from one side boundary to the other, leaving only what's left at the back as private open space. With our design, the rear addition is only built across half the site, so we end up with some nice outdoor space along the side of the building as well.
And because the front of the house is where the living areas will be located, we have also gained open space by activating the front verandah. If we'd put the living room, kitchen, etc out the back, the front verandah would have become a functionally useless space. The front verandah faces north, so it will be a lovely and warm place to sit on a sunny winter's day.
c) privacy and
d) outdoor space.
We chose to spend more money on the design and finishes, rather than building across the entire available building envelope. Factors such as maximum outdoor space, privacy, outlook and natural light are far more important to us than having a big house.