7 Finishing Touches for a Thoughtful Front Yard
Details, details, details. You can have the best layout and great thoughts, but in the event the project doesn’t include some important finishing touches, it can fall flat. This goes to the interior as well as the outside of your house. And when you are speaking about the front of your house, it’s even more important. The front yard is exactly what everyone usually sees first when driving up to a house. So pay attention to the seven small things below — obtaining these details right will create a thoughtful, finished front yard that says, “Welcome”
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1. Mailboxes. Why have the same-old same-old when you can do something particular? A rock pillar with perhaps a typical mailbox, an black wrought iron box or an inset box painted a color are versions of this requirement. And don’t forget some simple landscaping around your mailbox — plant colorful flowers that encircle your unborn baby and passersby, but forgo any plant that has thorns or spines, such as roses or agaves.
Hint: If your area has a homeowner’s association or design review board, then check for any guidelines pertaining to mailbox construction. You could be obligated to install a particular sort of box to conform with the expression of the area.
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2. Address amounts. There are so many options for house numbers now there is really not any excuse to not have something interesting and classy. You can order some custom amounts by mail, but home improvement stores provide a vast assortment of amounts in various finishes and styles to suit many fashions. You could spell the amounts out, like in the photo here; this alternative is ideal for homes with three or fewer numbers for easy reading.
Hint: set your address numbers on a front fence, rock entryway column, the other side of your mailbox or even a massive boulder or vertical horizontal rock in front yard. Just make certain that the amounts are visible from the street.
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3. Dog fountains. Whether you have dogs or simply reside in a neighborhood with a large canine population, dog fountains are a welcome respite for long, hot walks. I have seen dog water bowls on shore outside cafés on a recent trip to Chicago and thought about what a cool touch that would maintain the front yard of a residence. You can make it as straightforward as a bowl of water or as elaborate .
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4. Water features. If you have ever thought about owning a fountain, do not feel as if you need to relegate it into a backyard. Position your fountain by your front walk, garden or entry bed. Choose from ready-made fountains from concrete or metal, custom features made from glazed pottery or simple, unassuming fountains that bubble up through stones.
Hint: If you are arranging a water feature from the entryway or foundation, you may need to hire a plumber to install an electric outlet for the water pump. Ensure it’s made for outside use and has a GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter), which will automatically shut off if the machine senses the current flowing along an accidental path (such as water), reducing the risk of electrical shock.
5. Front door. Of course your house already has a front door, however, think about which makes it stand out with color. Houses have front facades that are long or side entrances, which makes visitors guess where they are to enter. Give them a solid sign by painting your door in a color that stands out but coordinates with the rest of your house’s color scheme. Doors painted in a different color from the house’s trimming are welcoming and make for a far more visually interesting front yard.
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6. Birdhouses. Whether they hang from a tree or are mounted on articles, birdhouses are welcome additions for birds visiting your yard. They also tell your neighbors that you care about what goes on outside your home and are connected to the outside. And do not be worried if the customary country-style birdhouses do not match your decor — there are a number of quite contemporary digs for birds around the market now.
Hint: Find out about the sort of birds you are trying to attract. Purple martins, for instance, need a specific sort of birdhouse installed a certain number of feet from a house.
7. Garden artwork. Small pieces of decor include so much wrapped into a garden or displayed on a porch or entryway. Think gazing balls, welcome signs, small statues and mosaic stepping stone tucked into corners of the backyard. Visitors almost have to draw close to see them, which makes them delightful discoveries.
Hint: A little goes a very long way. Unless your purpose is to get an over-the-top artsy front yard, restrict your backyard artwork to a few well-chosen bits to complement rather than compete with the environment.