To Our Neighbors
of the most overlooked practical benefits of sharing a common
property line with a neighbor is the mutual interest in landscaping
and security. In the picture above, the path shown leads to the
back property line of an adjacent lot which has a hedge of shrubs
as a boundary screening element. An arched arbor has been added
at the path between the hedge row to form an opening or doorway
from one property to the other, acting as a visual focal point
toward the end of the path from the deck. This
way each neighbor can enhance the beauty of their
garden by creating a way to view their neighbors garden.
It is also a friendly architectural
element for the
neighbor to feel as though the door is open for interaction.As a result,
the properties feel connected and both families have visual access
to each others lots enhancing security. This
allows each neighbor to keep a eye on each others property, something
of a neighborhood watch. Note that this 'doorway' does not promote
one neighbor being continuously invasive on the other neighbor, it
just says hello, we are not going to close you out, we are going to
be connected and help keep each others property secure.
This different approach to property lines can enhance the beauty of
our gardens and relationships with our neighbors.