Post # 1
I’m an American that’s been living in Taranaki for a while and the house that my Fiance owns is the original house built on a standard town lot that was divided and had another house built immediately behind it sometime in the 70s. We’re thinking about fencing in our front yard and turning it into our house’s back yard so we can have outdoor space that’s at least somewhat private. It would have the added benefit of making the bedrooms that were at the front of the house a bit more private as well. This would mean our front door looks out to our garage, our backyard neighbor’s garage, and their house and that anyone who wants to visit will have to walk down the sidewalk on the side of the house to come in. (Everyone has to park on the road because we share the driveway with the house behind us.)
Is this idea too odd? I’d love some NZ opinions as I’ve been told that my ideas are odd and I don’t want to do something that could really hurt the resale value of the house.
Post # 3
Zephi: Unless you are also doing a major renovation, your guests will likely then be entering the back door and what- the kitchen or mud room? Most often the public areas of a house like the living room are just off the front door. Do you have a diagram of the layout of your home?
You can do some landscaping to give privacy to your front yard, and your backyard too for that matter, without chaging the entry to your home.
Post # 4
I hope this image helps, the darker pink is the hallway area and the two doors are at either end of it. The only spot where the hallway opens up to another room is the lounge. What would have been our backyard is a sea of asphalt for our garage, the neighbor’s garage, and then their house.
Post # 5
Zephi: I would make the changes with landscaping. You can landscape- both hard and soft- to give privacy in the front yard, and perhaps deck over whatever asphalt is open in the back yard, to give usable space.
hard scaping- fencing etc- can be used to define an area in the front yard that is private.
you can fence right out to the property line
or screen for a private area closer to the house
for the backyard a deck gives usable space