Front Yard as Public Space

The absence of a front lawn minimizes water waste, while a garden seating area that faces the community keeps it inviting -- just one of the new ways of thinking about building.

Bob Kleiman of Structure Home, which built VISION House: "We didn't want the house to be this wall with a front door and you maybe get in. It [the front-facing office/bedroom] can certainly be closed off and made private with window coverings. But it also has a space where the community can come and say hello."