Land, Plots and Property
The Yard as Part of the Home
Looking at the two site plans at left, a viewer can clearly see differences in how homeowners choose to organize and use their outdoor space. Priorities and interests are highlighted in the arrangement of a back yard. Mavis uses her yard as a public space where she hosts her guests. She has ensured that every inch of her backyard looks beautiful, inviting, warm and cozy. The space is somewhat formal and organized into separate areas, almost rooms, through the double lot yard. Mavis focuses on her guests’ relaxing experience.
In contrast, John and Mary’s backyard is more of an extension of the private areas of their home and they use it as such. The yard must cater to their dog and son. Therefore, this space has been designed with the family in mind: examples include a chain link fence with child-proof locks and a patio made of brick that can be used for family events.