Tuesday, March 16, 2004

More front yards

Here are some more houses in my area. Most of the homes here were custom built in the late 70's. People would buy a lot and then find a builder to put up a house. This means that no two houses are alike, and there are some very strange homes. Usually their yards also reflect this attitude. Some people seem to have a taste in style that doesn't quite match mine, which is evident from these pictures.
I had talked previously about the water department trying to get people to switch over from grass lawns to yards with plants that do not take as much water. This house seems to have taken this seriously. They have a yard that uses very little water.

This is not what the water department is asking for. Their guidelines require a 50% shade coverage. There is a plant list that contains most low water plants that grow well in our area, along with how large they get when fully grown.
Looking at the yard below it seems that they went for 150% shade coverage.

At least I think that there is a yard in there somewhere. And a house behind the front yard. From the size of the plants they evidently moved away from the grass to
And here is a yard that is in progress.

Looks like they just put in their palms and are working on plant selection for the surrounding area.
And one house just down the street is full of kids, and they evidently are not planning on converting their grass just yet.

They just planted that big blue thing in the front yard - I think it was a Christmas present, as it went up on Dec. 26. It is usually full of bouncing kids.
Las Vegas has lots of areas where new homes are being built. Most of these sections are several thousand acres in size, with a master agency and several builders putting up homes. One of the larger areas is Summerlin, which is kind of the opposite of my neighborhood. Summerlin is an area where there are hundreds of homes that all look exactly the same. I lived in a similar area in California once. The joke is that you have to look at the street signs and house numbers to pick out which one is yours. The lots are really small - usually just ten feet from the front door to the street, side yards three feet wide, and a back yard that varies from five to ten feet behind the house. You pay more for a bigger lot, which gives you a back yard that might be fifteen or twenty feet deep.
But enough people want to live there that there is a waiting list for new home purchases.