The design of outdoor spaces is as important as the design of the building. Outdoor areas help to meet people's fundamental expectation to be able to enjoy the outside environment. The arrangement and quality of the spaces will have a significant impact on residents and neighbours.
Good design is about getting the maximum value and enjoyment from these spaces, and designing them for a wide range of uses. As sites get smaller, the quality of outdoor spaces is even more important.
Well designed outdoor spaces are highly valued by residents and should be provided for all dwellings. Outdoor space mitigates the effects of living in smaller dwellings and improves the overall liveability of a development. Outdoor spaces provide areas for children and young people to play, and help to foster a sense of identity amongst residents.