Your front yard is the first impression your guests, neighbours, and eventually, homebuyers will have of your property. While the backyard is all about shaping your outdoor lifestyle, the front yard is often more focused on setting the tone for your home. Many homeowners opt for a landscape design strategy that calls to mind a certain popular 90s hairstyle; “business in the front, party in the back.” In other words, a great front yard design is the right mix of polished, welcoming, and practical. Here are a few landscape design ideas that can help elevate your curb appeal—and your property value!
Upgrade Your Hardware
Sometimes the simplest updates make the biggest impact! Switching old, dingy doorknobs, house numbers, mailboxes, and light fixtures out for new ones is easy, and the difference is night and day. Opt for fixtures that look great together and match your aesthetic.
Add Some Colour
Give your home an update with a new coat of paint for your siding, trim, or front door! Fresh paint can increase your home’s value by several times more than the cost of investment. For a quick colour fix, add window boxes, hanging baskets, and porch pots stuffed with annual flowers. Refresh and replace annuals throughout the season for consistent colour.
Bring In Some Seating
Benches, rockers, or swings add a warm, welcoming ambience to your home’s entrance. Got a covered porch? Add textiles like blankets, cushions, and even an outdoor-friendly rug to add more texture and personality.
Light Your Way
Outdoor lighting is often overlooked in front yard design, but it’s so important—especially here in Edmonton when days are so short for much of the year. Outdoor lights are great for your home’s aesthetics, but they also function as a safety feature by adding more visibility to the area after dark.
Plant Garden Beds, Borders, and Berms
Lately, more people are opting for less lawn and more plants! This approach is great for the environment, and it looks incredible during the season. Plus, with more places to plant, it’s easier to include a mixture of plants with spring, summer, fall, and winter interest so your front yard looks amazing all year long.
Take Care of the Lawn You Have
However much lawn you do have looks best when its lush and full. Invest in a lawn care program to keep your grass looking golf-course-worthy.
Upgrade or Replace Your Garage Door
It’s one of those things you probably don’t even notice anymore when you look at your house, but garage doors take up a lot of real estate on your home’s facade! Sprucing it up has a huge impact since you can spot it clearly from the curb.
Let New Trees & Shrubs Take Root
Shrubs are excellent for hedging and adding high-impact seasonal colour. Trees add even more visual interest, and many species can grow to add serious value to your property by helping your home stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Install an Irrigation System
A consistent watering schedule is the most important thing you can do to keep your landscape plants looking vibrant and healthy. By taking the work out of watering, your yard can look its best with much less effort on your part.
Put In Some Hardscapes
To take your front yard design to the next level, nothing gives you more “bang for your buck” like professionally-installed hardscapes! A flagstone sidewalk, interlocking paver driveway, or natural stone retaining wall can totally transform the look of your home.
While all of these design ideas are great for boosting your curb appeal, the help of a landscape designer can be helpful for bringing them together harmoniously. For a personalized design consultation, get in touch with our team. We’re proud to be a trusted name in Edmonton landscaping services, and we look forward to working with you.
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