The front yard is the first place people see when they see your house. Designing your front yard will change the entire look of your house, making it more beautiful and elegant. You can click here at http://www.buildingguide.co.nz to see the stepwise guide on how to design your house if you don’t have a clue on where to start.
First of all, make a pathway. If you don’t make pathways, then the children and pets may make their pathways. A straight path to your house may look less elegant but, many prefer that to reduce the cost and since it would be the shortest path to reach your house.
It is your creativity to add more curves, steps, angles to your pathway. To be more practical, see to that the pathways are at least 36inches wide for convenience and at the same time will be visually appealing. You can extend to up to 54 inches so two people can walk at the same time comfortably. If you add more width on the curves of the pathways, then it would look more pleasant.
The maximum inclination should be 5% and strictly not above 10%. If you feel the entry to be steeper, then you can try adding steps, jogs, curves to make the place more interesting.
You can further add natural bushes or can go for artificial walls or fences which are less than 2 feet so people can stretch their arms and carry packages easily without any discomfort. You can also add some flowers, lawns or just some mulch in front of your house to make it looks more spacious and yielding some place for movement.
To have an attractive and interesting walking area, you can add some patterns like the bricked patterns or some textures. If you feel the concrete walk is plain, you can elevate the look by covering them with slate or tiles. On the other side if you have natural garden paths, then you can add wood chips, but see that it is a bit farther from your house to avoid tracking.
To add some extra elegance and shade in your front yard, you can add some colored trees between the house and the street. Accent trees create a good impression and, even without your knowledge, you would remember a few houses by the trees which are present in front of their house. You would have heard some trees like dogwood trees or Japanese cherry blossoms trees which stand out as a landmark in the front yard. The accent trees can also be called as specimen trees or ornamental trees which are of good variety with fewer pest problems.
In olden days you could even see plants being planted at the point where the house meets the ground called the foundation plantings. They were used to hide the foundation and to elevate the look, but nowadays they seem to be inappropriate. The landscapers put smaller plants, but soon they lose their purpose.
The main reason why plants are placed near the house is to make the house blend with the environment, so it is better to concentrate on the overall look.