This section is from the book "Practical Real Estate Methods For Broker, Operator & Owner", by Thirty Experts. Also available from Amazon: Practical Real Estate Methods for Broker, Operator, Owner.
Above all, get away from the straight line. Carry the roads through the valleys, let them wind among the hills and never use asphalt or cement in country work. Build macadam roads and gravel paths, park roads, with grass gutters, except on the steep slopes where gutters should be paved with cobble stones.
The exact location of the house on each site should be decided in advance of the sale of the plot, and the purchaser compelled to build on the designated spot.
The setting of every house should be studied and plans approved by some one competent to determine the adaptability of the house to its location, so that a harmonious picture may be created.
We have only to make a trip to downtown Brooklyn or Manhattan to see how examples of beautiful architecture have been sacrificed to the surroundings. Classic designs which call for an isolated location with a setting of green, are wedged in between skyscrapers and made ridiculous by their companionship. Every architect should take a course in landscape gardening before he designs a building.
The architect should contribute his full share to an artistic development. He should catch the real spirit of the enterprise at the outset so that his examples of domestic architecture may be of contrasting but harmonious design, giving to the whole property a distinction which would be lacking without his skillful treatment.
The one consideration which should dominate the mind of the developer is that his property should be treated as a whole, not as a collection of units. Every lot, street, park and building should be studied in its relation to the whole property, just as an artist regards every stroke of his brush on a canvas. In this way there will be produced an ensemble without discord, and a feeling of harmony and restfulness impossible to the urban dweller, and he will then realize to the full the great benefits of country residence.