The Streetscape is the appearance of all the things you can see on your street. It is the collective of all the buildings, gardens, footpaths, trees, driveways, etc. in a given street in a community. Each home in the street has its own style, shape and garden, but still forms part of the whole.
When you design your home and garden you should also keep the streetscape in mind. Streetscape plays an important part in the visual effect and identity of the neighbourhood. To fit in and interact with the surrounding community, your design should not take away from the character of your neighbourhood.
5 Tips on Designing a Home and Garden that Fit into an existing Streetscape:
- Understand the Area Surrounding your Home; and think about the character that the community portrays. Your home should blend in and look like it belongs there.
- Face your house looking towards the street; or park and open spaces. A beautiful front to the street will enhance the streetscape. However, you should still consider solar access to your living and sleeping areas.
- Plant trees; good tree coverage improves property values and provides shade. It will also serve as windbreaks and habitat for birds and small animals. Trees improve the overall appearance of the neighbourhood.
- Avoid solid hedges and High Walls on the Street Boundary; they tend to give the idea of isolation, that your home is not part of the community.
- Keep the Neighbours’ Field of View clear; while making the most of your home’s view. Use the correct building height and setback from the street.
The street also forms part of the living spaces of a community, much the same as a park or footpaths. A good street is one that will accommodate all the house fronts, a chat with a neighbour, a child on a bicycle, and your design should make your house part of this unity.