Chapter 8

NARROW HOUSES

The design principles of narrow homes, which are often built in rows, date back to medieval times when property taxes were levied according to the width of the facade in dense walled cities. As a result, landowners sought to construct homes that were as narrow as possible. In North America, the design was common in many eastern cities until World War II when the desire to own a single-family, detached home led to a decline in the construction of narrow houses.

With the current realization that large homes are costly to maintain, builders, designers and consumers are once again exploring other housing prototypes. Furthermore, planners view low-density, detached dwellings as an unsustainable approach to land development. ...

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