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Close to the ground, one with nature

If you’re thinking of investing in a new property, consider looking into horizontal developments. While these projects may initially cost more, there are certain advantages that come with building horizontally.

Read on to discover why these structures have made the idea of building wide an attractive choice.


Close to the ground, one with nature

Horizontal developments allow for more green amenities.

Defining horizontal growth

Horizontal development usually refer to structures or buildings which occupy large footprints and limited airspace. These structures can cost more during initial planning as they require a bigger chunk of property. Private property developers, however, are taking a jab at these types of structures because they can provide room for future growth.

Both commercial and residential developments can be classified as horizontal structures. While they are fewer in number compared to skyscrapers, these structures are true gems because they offer exceptional advantages to their users.


Ease of construction and operation

Close to the ground, one with nature

There are numerous advantages to sprawling estates.

Moving materials during a sprawling complex’s construction is easier compared to that required by a high-rise building. The need for mechanical systems such as elevators, escalators and the like is also reduced as people need less energy to travel on level ground. Moreover, emergency egress is easy in times of fire or earthquakes.

Green amenities

Horizontal developments are also beneficial because they allow expansion close to the ground. This means that there is more room to build extensions without having to consider the structural conditions of existing buildings. More importantly, they easily allow the inclusion of green amenities such as gardens, water features and landscaping in projects. This paves the way for healthier buildings, as these green features improve indoor air quality and the overall well-being of the inhabitants.

Open spaces

Close to the ground, one with nature

Low-rise structures permit light and breeze to permeate easily.

Horizontal developments also have room to create plazas, courtyards and other open spaces. Nowadays, these areas are considered vital as they allow social distancing and help minimize unnecessary contact between people. They also encourage breeze to travel through structures, thus minimizing the need for artificial HVAC systems and high maintenance costs.

Why expansion is good

Overall, it is wise to consider horizontal developments if you’re looking to invest in real estate. They provide emergency egress, allow room for greenery, and provide opportunities for open areas. Keeping your feet on the ground, both figuratively and literally, can pay in the long run.

Sources:, Life of Pix, Rodolfo Gaion, and Longxiang Quian from

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