Neighborhood Home

As a part of a greater whole, a neighborhood home should contribute to the overall well-being of the neighborhood. Common characteristics of neighborhood homes include a public side and a private side with a welcoming front door on the public side that fosters communication amongst neighbors. The visitor's approach path and the home's welcoming front door should be emphasized over the site's vehicular entrance or garage. By keeping social and communal spaces of the home towards the public part of the site, they serve as buffers to the more private spaces that might be tucked behind and include quiet outdoor retreats. By considering the placement of neighboring buildings it is possible to visually share each other's outdoor environments. When considering forms and materials for the home, we think it is in good taste to consider the language and scale of the surrounding neighborhood. Typically the design of a neighborhood home is dramatically influenced by local regulatory and code requirements, including lot coverage, building setback, and height restrictions, along with parking spaces and number of kitchens. Some communities might even include detailed covenants that restrict minimum building size and exterior materials. It's important to consider privacy when designing the placement of windows. A well-designed neighborhood home and landscape that thoughtfully considers and respects its surroundings will inherently increase its own value by increasing the value of the surrounding properties.