Family reveals how they built narrow 2.3m-wide home

An Aussie family has built what could be Australia’s skinniest home, measuring just over two metres wide.

Kirsty Volz and her husband David Toussaint designed the unusual home in Clayfield, Brisbane, after purchasing a block of land that was subdivided and sold off by Queensland Rail.

It was bought as part of former Queensland premier Campbell Newman’s asset sell-off.

The block of land, purchased in 2012 for $250,000, is 5.5 metres wide in total and 10 metres long. The whole block is 317 square metres.

Ms Volz said the home cost about $320,000 to build, putting the total cost at just over half the current median house price in the area.

The median house price for a home in Clayfield is $1.11 million, according to RP Data from April 2018.


The house measures just 2.3m wide. Source: Scott Burrows

“It’s not actually that small for the inner north. What’s unusual about it is the long, narrow block,” Ms Volz said.

She claimed the house had to be narrow because of planning guidelines.

The family of three was attracted to the land because it was close to school and transport.

“We knew we were capable of putting something onto it. We could afford it and knew we could design something to suit it,” she said.

Mr Toussaint is a practising designer and Ms Volz has 10 years of experience in the industry, and together they spent a year drafting their home.

“You go through multiple ideas and research. It takes a long time to arrive at the final idea,” Ms Volz said.

The block measures 10 metres long. Source: Scott Burrows

The three-bedroom, two-bathroom house has an open design with high ceilings, allowing it to capture southeast breezes.

“It’s a really cool, easy house. Low maintenance,” Ms Volz said.

The middle of the house opens out onto a deck, separating the third bedroom, which has an ensuite and own entrance, from the rest of the house.

“We’ve had international students live with us and we can use it as a home office, it gives us a good amount of flexibility and can be occupied,” she said.

Kirsty Volz said they utilised every square metre. Source: Scott Burrows
Kirsty Volz relaxes in her home with her son Sam, 5. Source: Scott Burrows

When they designed the home, Ms Volz said they prioritised every square metre.

“Some people might just focus on the kitchen and bathroom but for us, every bit of space was prioritised,” she said.

When they bought the block in 2012, Ms Volz said the economy wasn’t great and they picked it up during a low point.

“A bit of good luck on our behalf,” she said.

A house of almost identical width also went on the market in London recently with an asking price of $1.8 million.

Kirsty Volz says it is a low maintenance home. Source: Scott Burrows