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Property Here - Sunday, August 18, 2013

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Thin is vogue with home designs

Alan Miller and Karen Illanes inside the LOFT38 terrace house. Source: News Limited

SKINNY jeans are all the rage - now welcome to Adelaide's skinny house.

A new display home design with a "New York-feel'' in Northgate's Lightview estate is 3.8m wide.

Park South Australia's beloved Holden Commodore, which measures 4.95m long, out the front and you'll notice just how skinny that is.

Even a compact five-door Toyota Yaris, which is longer at 3.9m, will prove the point - overlapping the home's width by 10cm.

The LOFT38 is the skinniest design being built in Lightsview, northeast of the city.

Lightsview development director Alan Miller said the Melisi Homes-built property was the skinniest new home design approved in Adelaide.

"I reckon in the CBD you could do it (build as skinny or less), but outside the CBD you couldn't,'' Mr Miller said.

"We rezoned Lightsview to allow for a variety of allotment sizes.''

"People love it, and that's what we wanted

"It's got a New York-feel to it."

The LOFT38 has two bedrooms, the 4.6m x 2.9m master is upstairs on the loft level, while the 3.3m x 2.3m second bedroom is on the ground floor.

The bathroom and laundry are combined and at the back of the house is an open-plan kitchen/dining/living area with high ceilings that opens to a courtyard and rear carport.

While the width of the home may raise some eyebrows, Mr Miller said the "smart'' design made it appear larger.

"When you think about it, in terms of width, a lot of rooms (in a house) are that wide," he said.

"The way the house has been designed, a lot of thought went into it to give it lots of volume. "You don't feel constrained at all, it's quite spacious."

The house and land package, which is available under both the State Government's Affordable Housing Scheme and to the regular market, was popular with young women, said Mr Miller.

"There's certainly a market there for people who want smaller houses,'' he said.

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