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These are the real deals about building a corner block home

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Let’s say that one of the available lots in the subdivision where you want to live offers you a corner lot. If you take it, you’re surely building a corner block home.

Now, much has been said about building your home on a corner block. Some love it because it’s accessible. Some hate it because their homes become a hub of unwanted ‘tags’ of street gangs. To help you weigh things better, Superdraft shows you the real deals—the pros and cons of building corner block homes.  

You have to design two exterior facades

The idea of designing two or three street-facing facades require a bigger budget.

If you’re targeting to build a luxury home, a corner lot will give people a lot of angles to view your house. You will have a lot of room to showcase an architecturally interesting design to the public. If you and your chose architect pulled this off, your home is a landmark to anyone passing by the area.

You can play with architectural styles

There are instances when someone buys a corner home and hires a design team to create a worthy addition to the original structure. Having two facades allows you to play on two different architecture styles. Of course, you don’t want strongly opposing styles wherein one overpowers the other. Your house won’t look united nor coherent. For example, a modern home can get a sustainable addition on the other side of the street. You can have a modern addition to a traditionally styled house, as long as the exteriors look solid together.

You create multiple access points to your home

Some local building codes in Australia allow the homeowner to have multiple and separated entries. This is to maximise the large area around a corner block home. Talk to your architect about the ideal locations of the driveway crossing, garage entry, and front door based on your home design and construction site.

You or someone else will be confused about your address

We discovered this old forum thread that occupants of corner street homes can get confused about their address (sometimes). Instead of focusing on these problems, why not create two separate spaces which can represent each address? If you can open entries on each side of the streets, better. Of course, you have to make sure that each entry has a purpose.

Your yard plays the role of the parking

If you live in the inner city where land sizes are smaller, you’re most likely going to use your front yard will also double as a carport. Corner homes tend to have larger outdoor spaces than their side neighbours, therefore, you can still set up a small outdoor space.

You have a spot that’s accessible during the renovation

Corner homes have good side-street access which is useful during a renovation and redecoration. There are fewer problems in dealing with any large machinery needed in construction. The street space will ease the delivery or removal of furniture from the house.  

Corner block home photographed by Nils Versemann, Shutterstock.com

It’s the most visible and most secure area in your neighbourhood

According to Reader’s Digest, homes on a corner block are far less likely to be broken. There are so many ways to be seen. But that doesn’t mean that you’re gonna ignore security challenges. Even corner homes can have blind spots on the side and rear of the structure. Don’t show your home’s vulnerabilities to robbers and crooks. You have to ensure proper lighting around your house. Install high fences if needed.

You’ll pay for your own fence

Being the corner house, you will cover the cost of your fences. But think about it: no neighbours to talk to and two front facing homes enable you to get creative with your fences. You have total control on the material to use, the style, and the height of the fences (except your local laws have established fencing standards).

You can fight unwanted ‘tags’ with street art

Side street walls and facades of a structure are magnets of “tags” from vandals and street gangs. To fight these forms of vandalism, some homeowners use street art. Taggers will less likely mark a street art because their simple tags can’t compete with the beauty of a street art.

You have a larger space for landscaping

Two street frontages mean more garden space in your property. Yes, it will demand more work and maintenance effort from you but you have to take advantage of it. Remember, good landscape design improves the property’s kerb appeal and increases a home’s resale value.

There’s a lot of room for parking but a lot of noise from other cars

Having a corner home provides a lot of on-street parking for people who come and visit you at home. At the same time, your home is subjected to a lot of noise. Don’t let these street noises disturb you at home by soundproofing your walls and windows. Your front door must be made from solid hardwood. Talk to your architect about the different methods of blocking exterior sounds.

You can make money out of it (seriously)

When you become empty-nesters in the future, you have a choice to subdivide your backyard in order to build a second, downsized home. This process needs local authority permission. If you succeed, you can open the larger property for rent. It’s another source of income to support you in your retirement years.

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