Have you ever noticed how curb appeal affects your first impression of a home? Houses with great curb appeal are more charming, attractive to guests, and likely to bring a higher price if you ever decide to sell.
Adding curb appeal to your home goes beyond just selecting its architectural details. Increase your home’s curb appeal by incorporating luxurious, welcoming landscaping and hardscaping elements.
What are the Elements of Luxury Landscaping and Hardscaping?
Landscaping involves selecting the right plants, flowers, shrubs, and trees for your home’s yard. There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to landscaping. Each home’s landscaping plan should be based on unique factors like its location, geography, orientation, hours of sunlight, soil, and needs for ongoing maintenance.
Hardscaping describes the nonliving structural elements of your exterior and yard. Your hardscape may include decorative elements like stonework, borders, fences, pavers, archways, and pergolas. You may even choose to include a water feature, like a fountain or pond.
How Can I Increase My Home’s Curb Appeal?
Offer an Inviting Walkway
Great curb appeal invites people to approach your home by using the walkway to reach your door. Design your front yard with a clear, safe path guiding them to the entry area you prefer for guests.
This is also an opportunity to screen off unpleasant views, further boosting your curb appeal. For example, hide an air conditioning unit or utility box with sculptured topiaries, a handsome fence, and custom-designed latticework.
Highlight the Door and Entry
Curb appeal draws the eye toward your front door and entryway. Your door is the face of your home, so it needs the right expression: cheerful, warm, inviting, elegant, majestic. What face do you want to present?
Consider installing a front door with eye-catching architectural details like an arched top and sidelights. It’s usually best to match your door to the period and style of your home, like traditional, contemporary, or mid-century modern. If you need ideas, scroll through a gallery of doors designed for curb appeal.
Design a Welcoming Garden
Gorgeous landscaping goes hand in hand with expert hardscaping. Design a beautiful and long-lasting front garden with an array of plants and flowers. At a minimum, add a simple and sophisticated set of trees and bushes. Proper hardscaping will surround and set off these natural zones.
Take inspiration from homes designed by America’s top landscaping designers for maximum curb appeal. What do these homes have in common?
- Structural hardscaping elements complement the landscaping.
- Fences and borders draw the eye inward toward the door.
- Large boulders and stonework fixtures add scale and presence.
- Swaths of bold colors and shapes come from plants, flowers, and hardscaping choices.
- Lighting adds drama, highlighting both the landscape and hardscape.
Join Your Elite Community
Take inspiration from your neighbors. Every community has its own atmosphere and style, so your neighborhood may offer plenty of ideas for adding curb appeal. Observe nearby doors, porches, landscaping, and hardscaping details, then use them for inspiration.
The right outdoor details elevate your home’s design, which is especially important in elite community living. Your choices will allow your home to take its rightful place among the most beautiful homes in the neighborhood.
We Build Better Curb Appeal
When you partner with MC Homes as your designer-builder, you can seamlessly blend everyday comfort with a welcoming atmosphere for guests. To learn more about designing luxurious guest quarters, contact MC Homes today.
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