front yard

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A front yard in spring

The front garden is the entrance area of ​​a property that lies between the building and the street and is designed as a garden . In addition to a green area, the front garden includes the access path to the house entrance, the demarcation to the street by a fence or other enclosure , possibly a parking space or carport and a hidden place for the garbage cans .

Since the front garden is considered a representation area, great value is usually placed on its design. The freedom of design finds its limits in public regulations. The distance between the building and the street and thus the size of the front garden can be specified in the development plan in Germany and Austria . Local ordinances on public safety and uniformity of the street scene can influence the specific front garden design.

The front yard is also a socio-cultural phenomenon. For part of the population, it is seen as the “flagship” of the entire household.

See also


  • M. Haag, M. Machatschek (Red.): About front gardens . Writings of the Cooperative Landscape 2, Vienna 1993.
  • Horst Schümmelfeder: The front garden: space between garden and house; Function, design, examples. Munich 1990.

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