The Best House Plans for Subdividing on Small Sections

Got a subdivision project in mind…but only a small section?

How can you make your dream come true if you don’t have enough land? Use a Landmark Homes ‘Ready to Build’ plan – designed to make that small section of land, work.

As we all know, land in New Zealand’s metro areas is in demand, ever-increasing in price and yet shrinking in size.

Landmark Homes Wellington franchisee and designer Kim Baldwin is accustomed to building infill housing on small sections. In fact, as demand for city living increases, Kim expects that much of Landmark Homes’ work over the next five years will be for exactly that.

The “quarter-acre dream” of the ‘70s has faded somewhat as Kiwis prioritise location over everything else. “People generally don’t want to drive a long distance to work and school. They want to stay within a general area and travel less, if possible,” he says.

City councils have responded to the demand for inner-city land by making subdivisions easier to do on a smaller section. However, with sections a fraction of the size they were ten years ago, many prospective homeowners may be left wondering if they really can build their dream home on the adjacent section after all.

But Kim says those dreams can still be realised. It just takes a few tweaks. “The footprint on a subdivided city-centre site is often more compact, usually around 300 metres, so we’re having to come up with more clever solutions around the functionality and layout of homes,” he says.

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Fortunately, Landmark Homes have a number of house plans that are designed to suit tighter in-fill housing areas. These house plans all have a smaller building footprint, ranging from 87m2 to 220m2 – allowing space for landscaping, driveways, drainage, services infrastructure, and Council-required turnaround areas for cars.

All of these Ready to Build plans can be tweaked to fit your site.

The Leigh is the ideal townhouse layout for compact sites where privacy is important – while still being light and attractive. This design is well suited to rotate or mirror image for virtually any site. And with three bedrooms and two bathrooms, everything you need is packed into a well-planned but minimal footprint including a double garage of 121.5m2 while still having an overall size of 207.8m2.
Orakei House Plan by Landmark Homes NZ

An ultra-modern inner-city style townhouse, with a 101m2 footprint the Orakei design features upstairs living to maximise privacy and sun, especially in a built-up location. The exterior has louvres over selected windows enhancing privacy, and block walls in areas for locations close to boundaries. A large deck on the side of the home can be relocated to the end if site width is an issue. Ultimately this is a very flexible design that is easily adapted for a compact site.

paerata rise house and land package
house & land package whangarei

A compact 104m2 footprint and reversable layout make the Rangitoto multi-unit design very user-and-site friendly. As well as a single home, it can be built as a multi-unit in groups of two or more. Cubic lines, natural materials, outdoor seating space on both levels, and light interiors make this design very on trend, and a joy to live in.

Although a larger footprint of 219m2, the Northlake is avery long and slim four-bedroom family home perfectly suited to a long and narrow section. The spacious open plan living, dining, and kitchen area is flanked by the master suite and garage on one side, and the family room and bedrooms on the other – offering privacy and quiet to the happy homeowners!
Coleridge House Plan by Landmark Homes NZ
With a relatively compact footprint of 169m2 The Forte design is perfect for smaller urban sites. Offering two homes in one, it is perfectly designed for extended family living, or as a smart investment property. The main dwelling features open plan living, three good-sized bedrooms, a family bathroom, plus a powder room and plenty of storage. The second adjacent unit has 2 spacious bedrooms and an open plan living area, including a kitchen and dining area.
Coleridge House Plan by Landmark Homes NZ
With a compact and narrow 166m2 footprint, the Glendhu is perfect for long or rectangular sites. Designed for family living, it has a spacious open plan great room that incorporates kitchen, dining and living – opening onto an alfresco dining area. The luxurious master suite features a large walk-in robe and ensuite, and three extra bedrooms and family bathroom complete the layout.
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With a neat and compact ‘square’ footprint of 173m2 the Tairua is another fantastic option for smaller sites. A single-level modern gabled three bedroom home, with spacious central open plan living, dining and kitchen – this contemporary home is flanked by the master suite on one side and the family bedrooms and bathroom on the other for privacy and separation.
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With a small footprint of just 110m2 (but overall offering a comfortable 184.0m2 of living space including a double garage) this two-storey family home is designed to maximise the floor space available, while at the same time separating the living and sleeping areas. The living spaces are on the highest level, for privacy on a city section – while the master bedroom is privately tucked away for peace and quiet.
Coleridge House Plan by Landmark Homes NZ
A two-level home with a small square footprint 89.6m2 – the ultra-modern Ararimu is ideal for a small city section. Featuring an open plan living, dining and kitchen upstairs, along with the master suite, this layout is designed to offer privacy and to maximise sunshine in a built-up city-centre location. Downstairs are extra bedrooms and bathroom, plus internal access to the garage and laundry, and plenty of storage under the stairs. A lift-well futureproofs the home.

Design in Action

Kim and the Wellington team recently re-created the Landmark Homes Leigh Ready To Build design on a particularly tight section that had been divided into three titles. Despite the significantly reduced space, Kim and his team were able to almost completely reproduce the original Leigh design. Rather than ‘butcher’ the design, they simply moved a few things around.

The living area was shifted upstairs, where it captures a magnificent view of the harbour. The bedrooms were moved downstairs, and the floors given a “split level” at the midpoint to accommodate the sloping site. The clever modifications to the floor plan not only maximised storage and functionality but allowed them to maintain a small footprint. The result was everything the client wanted – and more. “They love it. It’s still got the look of the Leigh, but it works a lot better for them on their site,” says Kim.

Get the home you want, built in the location you love

Yes, city living is getting tighter – but as you can see, your subdivision dreams can still be realised. A little design magic from Landmark Homes and a beautiful, spacious home can take shape on surprisingly small sections.

Thinking about subdividing your property? Click here to download our FREE guide to subdividing your home. Inside, we showcase four client success stories and we break down their EXACT costs and profits too!