5 Tips on how to Design a Home and Garden to form part of a Great Streetscape

5 Tips on how to Design a Home and Garden to form part of a Great Streetscape

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.…

Advice on creating a design for a liveable house that can adapt to future change and renovation

Advice on creating a design for a liveable house that can adapt to future change and renovation

When designing a new home, people usually anticipate spending a few years living in that house.  That few years can turn into a lifetime.  During those years, or even decades becoming a lifetime, the home will probably need to accommodate changes to its features.  A home should be adaptable to most of the changes without becoming too costly and labour intensive.

Taking all possibilities into account you can design a house that can be, firstly, made bigger and later even be divided into two different smaller homes.

Advice on things to Consider while you Plan and Design a New Home, or Buy a House to Adapt to your Needs:

 


Create an Adaptable Floor Plan:  Households change with time.  Some changes can be planned, others will happen unforeseen.  Design a floor plan that can be easily modified with enough room on the outside where possible enlargements can be built.

 


Strong Enough Foundation:  If you plan to later go multi-level with your home, start off with a strong enough Foundation.  Strengthening the foundation of an already built house can be bothersome and difficult and might be costly.

 


Plan for Easy Access from the Street and Car Ports and Garages:  If the possibility exists that you will change your home in two separate homes, you might need to leave room for a possible second access path from the street.  Also, keep in mind that you might need to make provisions for easy access for an elderly relative.

 


General Interior:  Plan living spaces that will allow easy movement and access between them.  Place electrical outlets and light switches where it’s accessible.  If children are included in the household, you should use childproof electrical guides for all installations.  You should include enough electrical outlets in each room and more in the living spaces and kitchen.

 


Bathrooms and Toilets:  Ensure that there will be enough circulation in all rooms where water and steam are used.  If separate toilet and bathroom is preferred, install a removable wall that can be removed later on, depending on your wants and needs

 


Bedrooms:  Plan all sleeping spaces to be within easy reach from the bathroom facilities.  Rooms must be made airy and well lighted.  Design windows to give maximum light and air.  Well-placed doors can mean either a room well built with many options or a room with only one option where the bed goes and nothing else.

A home that is accommodating to all the lifestyle changes that will occur in its time, without the need to demolish, or greatly modify the existing services or structure, is seen as an adaptable, liveable house.…

How to Design your Garden to be a Beautiful frame to your Home and be Home to Nature’s Gifts

How to Design your Garden to be a Beautiful frame to your Home and be Home to Nature’s Gifts

A garden surrounds your home.  It is visible looking out any window or door of your home.  A garden is also visible to people looking at your home from the street, or your neighbours on the other three sides of your home.  You can also look at your garden by being inside the garden itself.

Your garden can assist in keeping your home cool in summer and cosy in wintertime.  Your garden needs just as much designing as your home will do.

Things to think about when designing your garden:

  1. Sustainable garden design; actually means that you create and design to blend in with the natural surrounding landscapes, using the plants and trees that naturally grow in your area. These plants know how to survive and maintain themselves.  They will draw insects and birds, which are needed in all gardens and are part of the natural habitat.
  2. Choose Colourful; whether you choose flowers or trees or shrubs, make your choice by looking at a colour wheel. Choose your primary colours to frame your home and draw attention to its details, but also choose contrast colours in your garden, it will create an amazing effect when planted side by side.
  3. Create areas where you can linger; by using plants, shrubs and trees with different heights, colour and foliage, you can draw attention to focus points in your garden. It can be a little alcove covered with foliage and a bench to sit and read or watch the birds.  It can be a small rock pool that will invite frogs and other small water animals.  It can be anything that is worth a second, third or fourth look.
  4. Design outside lighting for pathways and socializing areas; that will blend in with the rest of your home and garden. With the correct type of lighting, you can create any type of atmosphere and scenery.  Your home can shine even at night.
  5. Grow your own food; you do not need a lot of space for growing your own vegetables and even fruit. You can make these plants part of your design, in between shrubs and other plants.  You can also start a container garden where you grow your veggies inside containers which you can place randomly where there are room for them.

The whole design for your garden should be to work together with your home to form a beautiful, welcoming picture.  The whole should draw you in, make you feel comfortable and glad you are at home.

 

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