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How to Transform a Non-View Lot Into an Eye-Catching Home Site

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How to Transform a Non-View Lot Into an Eye-Catching Home Site

Not everyone can afford to pay a premium for sought-after view lots, but following these design tips can turn any basic yard into a charming outdoor living space

May 22, 2023
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View lots get the highest premiums not just because of their existing landscape and location, but also due to site-specific design elements that enhance those surroundings, says Housing Design Matters. But even on non-view lots, those design strategies can transform a seemingly ordinary space into a one-of-a-kind property that brings the outside in. 

Not only does biophilia affect site selection, but it can also influence a home's interior and exterior design. To maximize a home’s views— whether ordinary or extraordinary—privacy, landscaping, and water elements play a big role and can be used to create a visual focal point on lots where one doesn't already exist.

As designers, we can still offer amenities in the backyards. Adding a pool in one way to add a water view inside your yard. Be sure to add a vertical element to your pool and not just a hole in the ground.

But pools are not practical in all climates. Instead, consider a small water feature – whether it’s a Koi Pond, a waterfall or fountain, consider adding moving water with its soothing sound. Add lights to moving water and watch the delightful play of light that bounces off the water. The sound of water is a wonderful way to mask unwanted highway sounds.

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