Your front yard can make or break your home’s first impression
The front yard of your home is your first opportunity to make a good impression. The drive-up appeal of your home is a critical factor when you want to sell it, but even if you’re not selling right now, you still want a pleasant view when you arrive home each day.
While most front yard landscaping ideas focus on making a statement, it’s important for homeowners to take into account a few important factors:
- How much space does your front yard have?
- Do you want to use any of that space to augment your interior or backyard space?
- Is the landscaping currently in your front yard a security issue?
Once you have an idea of how you want to approach making changes, take a look at these unique front yard landscaping ideas.
1. Replace the Grass
Lawns filled with grass require one thing – water, and lots of it. When you want to reduce water consumption, rethinking your front yard might start with taking out the grass and putting in drought-resistant plants of varying foliage. This way you can create a relaxed and diverse setting without having to worry about your water bills. Adding a relaxed seating area with flat stones is a great way to enjoy a different perspective of your home and neighborhood too.
2. Enjoy that Slope
If you’ve been struggling with a sloped lawn, it’s time to get some perspective. Stop struggling against the slope and use it to your advantage instead. A home on a sloped lot can have a powerful and impactful front entry when you add steps from the driveway or street, light those steps, and start enjoying the slope. Creating terraced planting areas gives your home a dramatic look and allows you to play with texture and colors.
3. Create Privacy
You may not want to completely wall yourself off from your neighborhood. However, creating privacy between your front yard space and the street gives you some peace and a private area in which to roam. It also gives your kids and pets more security. A front yard wall can be designed to let you see outside the yard and into your community while also allowing you some peace of mind.
4. Light the Way
Depending on how you enter your home – through the garage or from the front driveway – and your path to the front door, it’s a good idea to consider lighting the way. Lights can be motion-sensor or timed to come on at dusk and ensure that those who are approaching your home – even yourself – have a well lit pathway to walk on. Lighting around your home also adds a little drama but it’s not all about looks. Outdoor lighting adds a little security from break-ins too.
Take control of your front yard and create something beautiful with a team that has the experience of working with all types of front yard spaces – big and small. Consult your local outdoor living design experts in serving the communities of Dallas/Fort Worth including Highland Park, University Park, Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Coppell, Southlake and Colleyville for more creative front yard landscaping ideas.