- Landowners and designers have a clear understanding of the context, including where the neighbouring private open spaces are located, where the sun path tracks and the interface between outdoor and other spaces
- The connection between the principal living area and the private garden, courtyard or balcony is directly accessible
- Private outdoor spaces are well designed, maximise spaciousness and are fit for purpose for the size of the house
- Ground level private open spaces are prioritised
The location and design of the primary outdoor space should maximise sun, take advantage of any views and provide protection from the prevailing wind, while connecting directly and conveniently to the living areas within the house.
Terraced houses should have a balcony, deck or terrace area/patio directly accessible from the living or dining room that provides for private access to the outdoors. A major source of daylight and natural ventilation for the house is to be provided via large opening glazed areas, with opportunities for outdoor passive recreation.
Outdoor spaces should allow for a range of different uses, including outdoor dining in reasonable privacy, as well as clothes drying, bin storage and other service functions.
As site sizes become smaller, the design of the open space becomes more critical.
The design and location of the building can make spaces more private. It is good design practice to take note of the neighbouring houses, where their views are from, where their outdoor areas are located and to plan accordingly.
Responding to the findings of the Opportunities and Constraints report, which is part of a Design Statement, will show the best place for private open space.