- The primary outdoor space is located to afford privacy to its users and receive direct sunlight during the times it will be most used
- The outdoor spaces are attractive and allow for a wide range of functions; at least one outdoor space allows occupants and guests to dine outside
- A large outdoor space without easy access to a driveway or road is provided for children to play
- Sufficient space is allocated for rubbish bins and general storage
The location and design of the primary outdoor space is important to the functioning of the home as a whole.
The space should maximise direct sun exposure, take advantage of prominent views, provide adequate protection from the prevailing wind, and connect directly and conveniently to the main living area within the house.
Outdoor spaces should allow for a range of different uses in reasonable privacy, including outdoor dining, informal recreation, clothes drying, bin storage and other service functions.
The design and location of the building can make spaces more private. It is good design practice to take note of the neighbouring houses, including their views and the location of their outdoor areas, and to respond accordingly.