The hallmark of the whole house is the front area at the entrance. Since it is that important, it is not the easiest task to make it look spectacular and just the way you want it to be. There are a lot of questions in mind. What to consider when planning, what style to choose and how to decorate? In this article, we will share the coolest front yard renovations ideas with you.
Layout and zoning
Any design project starts with a plan, and the organisation of external space is no exception. In order for the place in front of the house to be aesthetic and ergonomic, it needs to be zoned. Particular attention should be paid to the adjacent territory, since this space is the centre of the entire garden composition.
What to consider
Make a project plan – in a special program or by hand. The drawing should reflect the size of the territory and buildings, as well as their location.
Determine the cardinal points in order to understand what the area in front of the house will be: sunny or shady. Also, if the surface is uneven, note the elevation differences. Based on this, it will become clear which plants can be planted in front of the house and which not. The surface relief will also determine the landscape: will it be a smooth lawn or a multi-level composition.
Think over what zones there will be on the site and how they will coexist. Possible – a front door, a garden (or vegetable garden), a utility block and a place for rest. If there are children in the house, you can organise a playground for them – at least a small one.
If the size of the territory allows, you can place a small decorative pond, a fountain or a small waterfall in front of the entrance.
The choice of style
The exterior of the yard should match the design of the house, as it is the main element of the entire site. You don’t have to repeat the style exactly, but even if you want fusion, ideas should not contradict each other. Today, there are many styles of landscape design. They can be divided into several groups.
Natural – natural landscape, winding paths, various combinations of plants. This category includes modern style, country, alpine and meadow garden.
Regular – this type is distinguished by the severity of forms, clearly organised space and straight symmetrical lines. This group includes the regular style itself, Art Nouveau, minimalism and the French garden.
Exotic – natural materials in the design, unusual decorative elements, exotic plants, tiered arrangement. This category includes ethnic styles (Chinese, Japanese, Islamic garden), as well as author’s projects.
Choice of vegetation
All types of plants can be placed on the territory: trees, shrubs and flowers.
The lawn emphasises the shape and relief of the territory, connects its parts to each other, and highlights flower beds.
It is impossible to do without this element when planning the landscape in front of the house in a modern style – it frames the paths and forms the basis of the natural covering. As a rule, the lawn is complemented by trees, shrubs and flower beds – or vice versa, it complements them. However, in cases where the house is built in an ultra-modern style (for example, high-tech or minimalism), the grass cover can be practically the only decorative part on the site.
In addition, the soft lawn is suitable for arranging a children’s playground and recreation area – on the grass you can have picnics, play sports and sunbathe. Also, the lawn retains moisture, improving the soil in general, and prevents weeds from growing.
The classic option for arranging the space in front of the house is a small front garden. Plants for it are selected not only to taste, but also based on the characteristics of the area. What should you pay attention to?
Examine the characteristics of flowers and shrubs. Unpretentious varieties can be planted in the shade and next to other vegetation, and for light-loving plants, provide an open, sunny place.
Choose flowers with different flowering times to keep your garden beautiful and fresh throughout the season.
You can decorate flower beds with stones, curly hedges or wooden elements. And to complement the planted flowers – use plants in beautiful pots, which can be placed or hung on the porch or next to it.
If you like clear forms, and you like the design of European park complexes, special curly bushes can be planted around the entrance area. They can be located symmetrically on both sides of the porch, in the centre of the site, or in one place, in this case resembling not living columns, but a sculptural composition.
An important point – such shrubs need constant care and regular trims.
Coniferous landscape in front of the house
Conifers look great on the site. However, often with them first problems arise: if you plant them in a place that is not suitable for lighting, instead of spreading beauties, you will get constantly sick trees. If you are not sure that the sun will be enough for them, choose unpretentious varieties that feel great in the shade: spruce; Canadian or berry yew; microbiota – this shrub can live not only in the shade, but also next to stones.
Make sure to maintain all the plants on the site and don’t forget about regular watering. Water equals a pretty and healthy looking yard. Make sure to have essential garden tools. Good quality garden hose is a must-have item.
You simply cannot do without paths in the front yard. They interconnect all functional areas and provide access to buildings. Typically, the main path starts from the entrance to the house and leads to the gate. The number of additional paths depends on the area plan.
In shape, garden paths can be straight or curved – the second one visually increase the space of the site. They are made from a wide variety of materials: from plastic and wood to gravel and stone. The most popular are paving stones, tiles, stone. They not only look aesthetically pleasing, but also become less dirty in rainy weather, serve for a long time and are not afraid of temperature changes.
You can frame the paths using a low decorative hedge or border flower beds – compact flowers are planted alongside, such as daisies, marigolds, ageratum, forget-me-nots, etc.
Finally, the finishing touches are the various decorative elements. These can be arches, next to which creepers are planted, small figurines, floor lamps.
If space or house permits – with a terrace, the entrance can be combined with a place to relax by placing a hanging chair, bench or small table for tea in the shade of the vegetation. You can also place a small artificial reservoir near the house.
Bonus: decoration of the area of a small plot
The landscape of the small plot in front of the house is built differently. The emphasis is on making the space visually look brighter and more spacious.
To mask the real size, divide the space into several zones, place several flower beds on the lawn, and make winding paths.
Trees and tall bushes are best placed near the house, and not near the fence – in the second case, they will block the sunlight, and the site will seem even smaller and tighter. At the same time, choose a planting site so that the trees do not completely block the view from the window.
Cone-shaped conifers with raised branches are well suited for small adjoining territories. These include, for example, juniper, thuja and compact trees.
You can replace a full-fledged vegetable garden with small beds and grow herbs on them: thyme, basil, mint, rosemary, etc.
Grow mini-copies of full-fledged trees – today, breeders offer compact varieties of the most popular species.
Use all surfaces. So, for example, an outer wall of a house or a fence can be turned into a part of a green garden.
Large flower beds can be replaced with fresh flowers in decorative pots, you can decorate the area in front of the house with them.
We hope our ideas and tips will help you. We believe that after remodelling, your yard will look phenomenal, that it will decorate your house and make you happy every time you leave the house or return to it. Happy renovation!