A house is not a street!

While we would be the last to criticise self-expression in the front garden –eccentricity can add vitality to a street– it’s a good idea also to recognise how your house and garden participates in the overall street scene when contemplating change. Whether you’re aiming to be deadpan functional, witty or make a point all your own, it’s worth thinking about what it is about the frontages nearby that adds continuity to your local street scene and then try to build on it. There has got to be a very good reason to completely ignore local features or implicit rules, whether of materials, style and/or scale, especially when a kind of consistency was almost certainly a feature of the street when first developed. it’s really good news when the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

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