4 inventive infill self build homes

These urban homes have been designed to fit into small spaces that other can't.

By Amy Frearson | 4 November 2019

Finding a plot in a city can be a real challenge – but these creative builds have turned leftover spaces into design-forward homes.

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When building a home in a town or city, it can be a challenge to find a useable plot without paying a premium.

They exist, but many require a little extra imagination when it comes to design. Narrow gaps in the street offer plenty of opportunities for creative thinking, as do oversized gardens and disused garages. Often the results are unconventional – and all the better for it, as these creative examples go to show.

Aperture House, Paul Archer Design

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Built on the site of a former garage, this 90 square metre house boasts an open-plan ground floor that is flooded with daylight thanks to courtyards at the entrance and rear, and large skylights.

Another clever lighting trick designed by Paul Archer Design comes in the form of perforated brick walls, which create a decorative but highly functional privacy screen across first-floor windows, hence the name, Aperture House. A matching detail features around the inside of the courtyards, where patterned brickwork adds depth to the retained boundary walls.

The home is completed by details that add the illusion of extra space, from a split-level floor to a living area with a three metre-high ceiling.