Frequently, homeowners spend time and money creating outdoor living space in their backyards, neglecting the look and feel of the front yard. However, the front yard is a perfect place to add hardscapes that enhance your home’s appearance and increase your home’s curb appeal. Designing the perfect landscape in your front yard, complete with hardscape features, is best done with the help of an experienced landscaping designer like Ambrose Landscapes.
Hardscape Ideas for the Front Yard
As you collaborate with one of our designers, you may want to consider some of the following ideas:
Design a Striking Driveway
Driveways are often designed with practicality in mind rather than overall appearance. But as a vital piece of your front yard’s landscaping, the driveway should reflect both function and form. It’s typically the first part of the property that visitors will notice as they approach your home, so why not make it special? Deciding on the materials and how much maintenance you’re prepared to do over time are two things to think about when designing a driveway.
Many driveways are constructed using concrete, asphalt, or gravel, but those frequently lack creativity and uniqueness. Alternatively, a natural stone driveway provides a one-of-a-kind entrance to your property, as well as durability and low-maintenance requirements.
Add Some Steps
If part of your front yard is sloped, steps are a natural-looking addition to your landscaping. The design for steps may include adding retaining walls, which will enhance the structural integrity while also making the path to the front door beautiful and inviting for guests. If the slope is gentle, a stone ramp may be plenty. Made with rough textured stone, but flat, it allows yard and household items to be rolled around easily, and gives accessibility to our wisest family members who can no longer walk stairs.
Install a Walkway
A well-designed walkway in the front yard can be welcoming and practical at the same time. There are many ways to create a walkway with different materials, styles, and colors. The design should complement the rest of your landscaping and entryway so that visitors are met with a beautifully designed path to the front door. Since it is easy to check these days, a walkway should match the lines of existing structures, and look like a part of the original design when viewed from above.
Integrate Seating Areas
Sitting outside and relaxing isn’t just for the backyard. You can enhance your front yard with seating areas as well. Adding a stone bench to your front yard design to create an inviting feel is one way to accomplish this. It will give you a place to relax, sit back, and enjoy the view of your front yard.
Integrate Retaining Walls
While a retaining wall‘s main goal is to hold back soil, it doesn’t have to be all function with no creativity or beauty. It can be an eye-catching part of the overall look of your front yard. You can be creative with the type of materials used to build retaining walls, colors and shapes of stones or blocks, and the walls’ placement. It can be curved or tiered and can create extra space for plants, flowers, or shrubs.
Add a Statement Piece
A statement area or focal point for your front yard will draw your guests’ eyes to something special. Consider creating a small patio in the yard where you can add a personal touch to the appearance. It may be as simple as a patio table and chairs with an umbrella, a spot for a water feature, or even an area where you can place seasonal decorations. Having a patio created with stone or pavers will add beauty while ensuring that the parts of your yard with grass and plants are undisturbed by having items placed on them.
Take Your Landscaping to the Next Level
Integrating hardscape features is a great way to boost your front yard’s appearance to the next level. Focusing on creating a hardscape design that uses your property’s natural layout while adding beautiful and functional structures is what we do at Ambrose Landscapes. We have expert designers to help you with hardscape ideas for your front yard that you can enjoy for years to come.