In many urban neighborhoods, there are lots so narrow that no one has built on them. Then, along comes a unique design like Design J-53, and anything starts to look possible.
Design J-53 is a true "narrow lot" house. Its footprint is quite small, but its size is substantial. The exterior is a classic design that would fit into many existing neighborhoods. The only false note is the jumbo door on the garage.
Consider replacing it with two smaller doors instead. The idea is to minimize the "hangar" look. The garage also may be a little small for larger trucks and SUVs.
If you prefer a master bedroom downstairs, you don't have to accept Design J-53 as is. Ask a house plan designer to reconfigure the flex room/utility area as a master bedroom, closet and bathroom. But, be sure the master bath can also double as a guest lavatory. Why? Because the guest lavatory shown -- poorly situated in a high traffic area outside the dining room -- has got to go.
Use this space instead as a much-needed pantry.
What if you like an upstairs master bedroom, but worry about becoming physically unable to climb stairs someday? Design J-53 is one of the few plans I've seen where there's potential space for a small, interior elevator.
The downstairs lavatory and the space above it look big enough for a residential elevator shaft, as long as you shift the upstairs bath to the right. The smallest residential elevators require only approximately 20 square feet, and some lift styles don't require a shaft at all. Plan ahead by talking to several manufacturers before you build and by moving the downstairs lavatory to another location.
With some advance planning, Design J-53 will fit well into most older neighborhoods and look like it's been there since the trolleys were running.
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