Landscaping is important to maximizing streetside beauty, but front porches play a strong role in increasing curb appeal for homes. Whether you have a smaller front stoop with room just for a chair and table, or an expansive area that offers space for a dining table, there are strategies you can put in place to boost the beauty of your home's curb appeal.
- Establish a direct connection from streetside to front porch. From overgrown shrubs to a hidden walkway, too often the pathway to a home is difficult to find or navigate. The very first thing your front porch can do to boost curb appeal is to clearly articulate the way to your home's entrance. Hardscaping or other structures such as arbors can help, as can cleverly placed containers that direct traffic.
- Offer a transition between the landscape's planted material and the front porch's hardscape. The abrupt change from a lawn and flower beds in the front yard to the material of the front porch -- brick, stone, wood -- can be jarring, both in approach and from the street. To better use your front porch to improve curb appeal, include plants -- in containers, window boxes, even a few potted up on the porch -- to effectively move from outside to in.