Storage and utility space Print


Desi​gn Checklist

  1. Adequate storage for everyday household items is provided within the terrace 
  2. Suitable space within the home is provided for a washing machine, for drying clothes, and for waste and recycling bins
  3. Storage for sporting, leisure, fitness and hobby equipment is provided within the unit or in the garage 
  4. Readily accessible space inside the house is provided for equipment associated with children, such as pushchairs and bicycles

​​​A lack of storage space is often cited as a major dislike of occupants in more compact residential units.  Providing storage space for items ancillary to people's living needs, including everyday items such as cleaning equipment and occasional use items such as suitcases, is an important part of the design.

The size of this space should be proportional to the number of occupants intended for the terrace.

Storage space should also be provided inside the unit (or the garage) for large items such as sporting and garden equipment or bicycles.

Suitable space for utilities (washing, drying, waste and recycling) should also be designed into the terrace so that it does not negatively impact on any habitable rooms. 

Ideally, storage spaces are built-in as this allows for the most efficient use of space. Therefore, storage space must be considered in the early stages of the design. 

Owner-supplied freestanding storage units should be allowed for in the terrace plan, including units for audio-visual equipment and personal effects.​

Better Design Practice

The majority of required storage space should be provided within the terraced house and should be easily accessible. This is best provided by designed-in storage cupboards located in entry ways, hallways or in the living space. 

Provide utility areas that are well ventilated or that otherwise allow for drying clothes. 

Consider providing storage outside or remote to the unit ensuring that any storage areas separated from the house are secure. This space is particularly important for storing larger items (sporting equipment etc) when a garage is not included as a part of the terrace. 

Dedicated storage rooms or spaces within garages or basements, or otherwise located close to car parking, are convenient for sports equipment as this is usually transported by car and may be difficult to move upstairs.

Rules of Thumb

Bedroom wardrobes should be at least 600mm deep internally and 1.8m wide.

Minimum dimensions for an audio-visual unit should be 450mm deep and 900mm wide. Terraced house design must incorporate adequate storage for everyday items, as well as items that are not used every day such as suitcases and recreational equipment.
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