9 Architecture Design Elements to Build a Secure Home

A beautifully designed brick walkway in a park at night.

It takes time, passion, and patience to build a complete home. It should be magnificent, purposeful, and secure, right from the gate, into the indoors— and then end in a tranquil backyard.

Maybe you have the space to make such a home, but you know you haven’t maxed your potential. And you’re thinking; what next?

A white house with a porch showcasing architectural design.

Well, augmenting security and privacy is an excellent place to start. Why? Once you’ve secured your space, you can try any design and install anything you like in your compound.

Plus, planning your architecture design with security in mind allows you to make the most of the natural resources in your landscape.

A checkered floor in a foyer featuring an architecturally inspired black and white design.

And finally, it eliminates the need to install old-style security cameras, and so on, when your security instincts kick in.

The 9 Architecture Design Elements to Enhance Home Security

1. An enclosed entrance

A house with architectural design featuring a red door and steps.   An architecturally designed entryway with a red rug and two lamps.

Use opaque gates and an enclosed entryway to keep outsiders on a need to know basis.

No matter the material you choose, ask your gate designer to build with security in mind. In other words, your gate shouldn’t help a burglar climb into your home.

Height is also a factor to consider. While tall gates offer more defense, you can still use a shorter design and add grills to keep off prowlers.

Make your entrances more secure by installing proper lighting.

2. A Tall Fence

A house with a grey slatted fence.  A backyard with a wooden fence and rocks, showcasing the design of its architecture. An architecturally designed black and white fence with a black gate.  A white fence with white slats enhancing the architectural design of a house.

Fences are a common architecture design when it comes to augmenting security, but installing a taller-than-usual fence can make your home impenetrable.

If you use this approach, be sure to add enough lighting to keep off porch pirates who may attempt entry by sneaking under fences.

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3. A Pool

A pool with a fountain incorporating architecture design. An architecturally designed wooden deck next to a swimming pool. A stone house featuring a swimming pool designed with architectural finesse.

Natural water sources have, for long, served as a security feature. The spaciousness a water body creates allows you to see any intruder from a distance.

Again water is challenging to navigate, and not many burglars are ready to soak in water just to enter a compound. So you want to create a large pool near your perimeter wall. In that case, a trespasser may successfully climb a wall but succumb to their idea of swimming across a pond.

And if they do, you will most likely see them sneak in.

4. A Noise-making Pavement

A backyard with a red tiled floor showcasing architectural design.

It is easy to hear someone walk on gravel, small stones, and chips if everything else is silent. Using these on your compound can help you detect any uninvited motion in your backyard.

This approach will prove more useful if you live in a quiet neighborhood and embrace quietness when indoors.

5. A High wall

A architectural concrete wall next to a dirt road. Three black potted plants in front of a gray wall with architectural design.

Low-lying or short walls can leave your compound vulnerable to gatecrashers. High walls, however, can protect you better in two ways;

  1. They obstruct an intruder’s view (and most burglars won’t come in blindly) and,
  2. They offer more security because tall walls are difficult to climb.

Faux and bricks are an excellent way to add a tall perimeter wall to your architecture design.

6. Tinted Windowpane

A window box with red flowers enhancing the architectural design of a brick wall.

Keep your indoors secret with tinted window panes that allow you to see the outside but obstructs a stranger’s peep.

It is also an excellent way to implement the glasshouse without worrying about exposing your house to potential burglars.

7. A Thorny Perimeter

An architecturally designed garden with a glass fence and a potted plant.

Use a thick thorny fence to make your home impenetrable. Plants like Firethorn (Pyracantha) can build a tall, thick fence.

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Others like Spanish Dagger (Yucca Gloriosa), Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia), Century Plant, and Blackberry can help secure your edge while turning your lawn greener.

Most of these thorns are require little maintenance and can survive dry seasons, so planting them won’t be a problem.

8. The strategic living room 

A masculine living room with a couch and a coffee table.

When working on your home architecture design, discuss with your designer, have your living room placed strategically so that you get a direct view of the entrance and edges.

Position your family and living rooms in strategic locations so that you have a 180 to 360 degrees view of your compound. If you like, complement with floor-to-ceiling mirror windows.

9. An Upstairs Bedroom

A loft bed in a bedroom with a desk.

A living room with couches and a charming staircase.
Exposed brick wall adds texture and character (bedroomdesigns-4u.blogspot)

Because you spend most of your night in your bedroom (and most burglaries happen at night), build an upstairs bedroom to get a 360o view of your home.

That way, you can slide your curtain and peep to see any weird goings-on in your well lit home. With your bedroom lights off, you can monitor everything without attracting an intruder’s attention.

Which architecture design did you find fit for your home plan? Well, implement wisely because you can’t start everything from scratch, but you can make a few strategic changes. It is always good to have a home defense plan and all the lights you may need.


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