In my city, most neighborhoods are composed of many slices of very narrow land plots. The homes aren’t wide at all and have a long front yard and long backyard. There are homes there and there that are sitting on land the size of two combined narrow land plots, but that’s about it. You have to be outside the city to have massive land plots. I’ve already read a ton of articles about why American homes require front yards and large setbacks from the streets compared to European homes.
And I guess the skinny land plots make sense for being able to pack homes in as tightly as possible?
Though, if plots were wide instead of long, it seems like you could just build more streets and have more neighborhoods….but maybe that isn’t as efficient use of space? Or costs more because of more roads to pave?
I prefer open floor plans, which means a WIDE house instead of a LONG house. But most plots of land in the city are long and very narrow, and therefore LONG houses are usually the only thing that’s possible. I wish city blocks were the exact opposite of what they currently are. WIDE plots for the house and short backyards. Long backyards just means more grass to mow.
When I say skinny plots, I mean skinny. AKA a 750 sq ft house has no “side” room to grow because the neighbor’s houses are there. So you can expand into the backyard, but you’re not going to be any wider than a 750 square shape house can be. The houses vary in sq footage based on if they have finished basements, upstairs, or how much they spill into their own backyard.
Just wondering what other people think about this topic.