Building height is a key area of concern related to neighbourhood character. Building height can affect a number of factors including shade on neighbours, privacy, and compatibility with neighbouring structures. Do houses tend to be 1, 2, 2.5 stories in the neighbourhood? How tall are mid-rise apartments in the neighbourhood?
Housing form, or typology, is another factor in a discussion of neighbourhood character. This refers to what kinds of buildings populate a street. This can range from a single family detached home, to a semi-detached or row house, or an apartment-style building.
The setback indicates the distance of the building from the property line/public space, often meaning the sidewalk. The distance separating buildings and public space can have significant impacts on the homeowner, people on the street, and neighbours. Is the setback of the building consistent with other buildings on the street or is it closer/further from […]
Façade material refers to the type of material used on the front of the house or building. In older neighbourhoods, it is common to have a dominant type of façade material, like brick or stone, that contribute to the feel and character of the area. A continuity in façade material, over the course of several […]
This factor deals with how the house or building faces the street. Is the main door or entrance oriented towards the street of is it on the side or back? Entrances that face the street help create more connection between the house and the sidewalk.
A landscaped front yard is one of the most noticeable factors when dealing with neighbourhood character. This can include various elements from lawns to gardens. How much of the front yard is landscaped? Does it just cover the area in front of the house, or extend across the entire lot?
An established tree canopy is a factor common to many older neighbourhoods. Large, mature, trees contribute as much to the character of the streetscape as do the houses themselves. Tracking this factor involves looking at whether individual houses or properties have mature trees in the front of the property.
The existence and placement of a garage can have a big impact on the presence of a house on a streetscape. Likewise, the size of a driveway, relative to the overall lot, can impact the relationship between the property and the street.