Posts Tagged entryway

Make your Home Unique

Many of us live on streets or in neighborhoods where one architect designed the whole block – so our houses are very similar.  There are some obvious ways to make a home stand out in these types of areas.  You can repaint your home, add shutters, changed the style of your door or even add on to the home.  But a great way to keep your home looking and feeling fresh is to do something unique with your yard.  Here are five ideas for doing just that: Front deck walkway

1. Get a front porch.  If you have some poor soil that you don’t want to work with or you simply like this look, you can try graduated decking from your front porch, all the way down to the sidewalk.  Another idea is to create a hardscaped front yard and set it up for guests, picnics, family, or simple relaxation.  This idea is a great one to consider in places prone to drought – like Southern California.

2. Add potted plants.  Whether you have a perfect green lawn or a hardscaped front yard, potted plants can give your yard a new look whenever you feel like changing it up.  During the winter holiday season you can plant red and white plants, in the summer you can go for a cactus look or do potted succulents. You can also experiment with color by adding pots that pop – along with vivid plants.

3. Go all out on the entrance.  There are so many great designs for entryways.  You can use different types of gates, a classic picket fence, or a gorgeous arbor.  You can also define your property line using stone or brick to set your yard apart from the sidewalk.

4. Make your front yard the place to be.  Don’t just design a great landscape, but provide the seating to enjoy it.  You can add the classic rocking chair to your front porch, hang a hammock, or set up a bench where guests can sit and chat – or where you can relax and enjoy.

5. Get exotic.  Southern California is the perfect place to get quirky with your yard.  There are already so many tropical plants, succulents, and cactus here in SoCal that adding something fun to your landscape just might set your home apart from the others.  This can be as subtle as installing lighting which makes your yard shine at night or you could add an art installation for some real eye candy.

No matter what you do, be sure your yard reflects both your personality and your needs.  Here’s to your home – may it be like no other home on the block!

 

 

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10 Ways to Create an Entryway that Pops

With family occasions like Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, and others coming up, it’s important to make your visitors feel right at home – starting with their entrance into your house.  Here are some tips to creating a gorgeous, welcoming entryway to you home:

1. Trim down or replace any overgrown shrubbery.

2. Make sure your walkway and entrance are well lit.

3. Showcase your home.  Keep your front yard open so your home itself is visible and not hidden.

4.  Make your yard noticeable.  Flowers with bright colors, a unique walkway, interesting lighting, all add up to a home that gets noticed right when company drives up.

5. Add some curve to your flower borders.  Curved flower border

6. Keep the front of your home clean.  Don’t just clean up for guests on the inside of your home, cut back dead branches, sweep up dead leaves, pull out any dying plants, and make your yard look good.  Not only will your home look better, you’ll help keep the space fireproof.

7. Give the outdoors some scent.  Plant jasmine, lemon trees, magnolias, and more to give your guests a fragrant walk up to your yard.

8. Add pizazz to your yard with ornamental grasses, art installations or natural accents.

9. Fix up your walkway.  Your front walk is the path to your front door.  Fill in any cracks, seal the concrete, or get it completely redone with an accent rock or brick.

10. Add color.  Don’t be afraid to plant something that changes color or which has unexpected pop in all seasons.

Here’s to a vibrant front yard and some very happy holidays!

 

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Amping up your driveway

Your driveway doesn’t have to be a plain ol’ concrete driveway.  You can change it up if you want.  Here are some ideas:

– Get stone installed into your driveway. Instead of plain concrete, you can make your driveway into a hardscape by installing cultured stone slabs. Or, you can get stamped concrete installed. This adds new depths to the front of your home.

– Paint and seal your driveway concrete. You can brighten up the front of your home by painting your driveway concrete a different color than the normal gray, then getting it sealed.

– Install a border garden on the side of your driveway. Make your driveway into a stately welcoming party by adding shrubs or flowers along the border. Just be sure that your driveway is wide enough that your car’s tires won’t harm the plants.

– Try or brick to various parts of your driveway, making it less of a concrete slab and more of a work of art. You can also try installing brick or stone as a border to your driveway, making the concrete section look fancier.

– If you have a long enough driveway, add trees on each side to give it a stately appeal and to add privacy to your home. Blocking your home from view makes it more of a centerpiece when you emerge from the tree-lined drive to see your house.

These are just some ideas. They don’t have to be specific to driveways though. You can do any of the above to walkways in the back of your home as well.

Here’s to that welcome-home feel you get each day as you drive up to your home.

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