Why is it that every design image of a new suburban cookie-cutter home is always the front of the house? Ever been in a new suburban subdivision and notice that the backs of the houses have none of the typical cultured stone corners or fake window shutters or other design articulations? Why do typical builder homes have none of these elements on the backs of the houses, even though you spend more time in your backyard than you do in the front yard?
Typical home builders spend all of their “design money” on the front to try to give it good street presence, and in the case of new suburban areas, try to fit the subdivisions’ “architectural controls” (which, by the way, have nothing architectural about them – I’ll write about that later).
Check out of the back of the house – it is the most honest thing about it.