Enhanced entry. Simple changes to the front entry, such as a friendly design and high-quality paving materials, increase your home's curb appeal.
Curb appeal. Small flowerbeds at the foot of the driveway add a welcoming feel and pleasantly enhance your yard's overall impression.
Front foundation plantings. Plantings close to the house provide a transition between your home and the surrounding landscape. For maximum interest, incorporate a variety of plants in an irregular configuration. In cold areas, include some evergreen plants to provide winter interest.
Enlarged back patio. Install a patio at the back of the house to offer space for grilling, outdoor dining, and other activities. To decide how large the patio should be, consider the number of people who will be using this space on a regular basis.
Privacy features. A backyard that is shielded from outside eyes is always more alluring. In this example, we installed a board fence along the rear and side lot lines. New evergreen trees help soften the corner and further increase privacy.
Shade trees. Buy the largest trees your budget allows. Well-placed trees add value to your property, and help conserve energy by shading your home.
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