A View Lot refers to a home building site with a pleasing view. These are often some of the more expensive properties in a community and may include waterfront, golf course and hillside properties. As you would expect, the home design should capitalize on the premium views but there may be more than just the view to consider.
The rear elevation may be just as important as the front of the house. Waterfront and golf course homes may actually be viewed more frequently from the rear. Many home designs never consider home important the rear may be.
Did you know that the rear elevation of the iconic Falling Water house by Frank Lloyd Wright is actually only seen if you walk into the woods behind the house?
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Open designs with lots of glass to capture the views may create privacy concerns. The location and orientation of specific rooms and the outdoor space should be considered. Screen walls and varying levels may be part of the design solution.
Sunset views are often the most desired but the late afternoon sun can make west-facing spaces unbearable at times. Deep overhangs and covered porches are among the solutions. Retractable screens can help cut the heat and glare, and have the benefit that they can be raised and lowered as needed.
A number of our previous designs feature attractive rear elevations. Let us know if we can design one for you.