Make a Change
The kids are back at school, the holidays are over, a New Year has begun, and the beautiful weather is begging you to work outside and add a bit of change to the home. Freshen up the look of your home and add a bit of kerb appeal for 2018. Don’t worry too much about cost. You can add a new look for the year without breaking the bank and work with a landscape designer to add appeal to your property.
Many front yards are still looking like golf course greens. The grass requires ongoing maintenance and a lot of water during summer. If you eliminate the grass you will avail yourself of more time and save a valuable resource – water. Think of the area without grass as a blank canvas on which you can create something new.
Older style houses had a front porch on which you could sit and enjoy the fresh air and watch the world go by. New designs provide just a small entry area now. By adding a small courtyard, you can recreate that welcoming entrance your grandparents used to love. Plants and a paved patio will help to make a private and relaxing setting. If you add a well-designed water feature then the sound of running water will greet your guests as they visit your home. If traffic noise is a problem, the water feature will help lessen the sounds from the street. Imagine yourself having a nice morning coffee in your courtyard or a cold drink after a day at work.
A Garden Path
All homes have a similar but boring front yards and a path that leads from the driveway to the front door. By replacing this path with a winding one that takes you through various plants, you will turn a regular front yard walk into an exploration adventure on the way to your entrance. Pick a design that matches the features of your home. You might opt for native shrubs or go for more traditional plants such as flowering shrubs to add colour.
You can add a splash of colour to make your home look a little more unique by removing the concrete driveway and replacing it with pavers. You need your driveway but it doesn’t have to be a bland sea of grey. Pavers can be blended with some tones of orange, gold and brown for that warm look. A custom built driveway certainly adds kerb appeal.
Opt for Smaller Changes
If a major makeover is not appealing, then a smaller project can be considered. An added water feature to the front yard will appeal to the eye as well as to the ear. A simple rock feature that has bubbling water is an easy way to raise your kerb appeal.