The Beauty of Uniform Streetscapes

If you have ever taken a drive or stroll through any of our new home communities – Richardson Ridge in Kanata, The Orchard in Barrhaven – you will notice one very important characteristic that sets us apart of our competitors: our streetscapes are unique and all completely different. A streetscape is the term given to the overall appearance of homes, buildings, gardens and general landscaping along any street within a master-planned community. Your streetscape is the visual identity of your whole neighbourhood, and plays a very important role in encouraging and supporting the interactions between homeowners.

What you may not know is that a lot of time, thought, and energy is dedicated to the planning, building and presentation of a well designed streetscape – all in hopes of encouraging connections and community spirit among our Uniform residents. Many things can influence the overall streetscape of a community including the existing natural features of the area, topography, density, lot sizes, road network, exterior materials, and of course home designs.

Our Hobin Architecture designed homes are all built with high quality materials including James Hardie fibre cement siding and shakes, imported Sioux City brick, architectural precast concrete, and architectural shingles. Uniform offers a total of sixteen contemporary and traditional colour schemes all carefully selected by our architect. Each scheme offers different style/colour combinations of our exterior materials (shingles, siding, shakes, brick, stone, front door/garage door paint, and windows). At each of our Uniform communities, we uphold architectural guidelines that help ensure a varied streetscape. For example, these guidelines do not allow for the same brick to be side-by-side or the same elevation within two homes or directly across the street. When we combine our large selection of colour schemes with our community guidelines, we are left with interesting and well-appointed streetscapes of beautiful Uniform homes.

From the early stages of a development, Uniform works closely with our architect, landscape engineers, and the City to create the overall community site plan. Ultimately a City of Ottawa approved landscape plan is designed and must be implemented by the builder. Each Uniform home includes asphalt paved driveway, sod on 4” topsoil, a unit paved walkway from driveway to front porch, and boulevard tree as per City approved plans. A Uniform homeowner must wait a year after closing to install fencing or do any form of significant landscaping to their property.

Afterwards we encourage all of our homeowners to be creative and enhance their outdoor living space as best they can.