As spring draws near, homeowners are beginning to look for creative ways to update their property’s external assets. As part of the facade of your house, the courtyard entrance is essential. This is because it serves as an introduction before entering the building. It creates the atmosphere, welcomes guests and, following a long day at work, gives access to your favorite things.
Also, if you are thinking of selling, it will make potential buyers want to know what’s inside. Now that this is said, why would not you want your entry to be at its best? Through simple landscaping options that surround and highlight the facade of your property, you can transform the look of your home.
Here are seven (7) landscaping ideas for your yard entrance!
1. Size matters!
If you configure the courtyard entrance, it will harmonize with the landscaping around the house. The same also goes with its architectural style. The length and width of the entry and parking will affect the accessibility of your home. Therefore, you must consider its relationship to the rest of the space. Also, choose its width by it. If you have to accommodate two cars, it’s worth considering double parking. This double parking can be between 20 and 24 feet wide.
A wide parking entrance is more welcoming than a narrow one. Also, opening the gateway creates a first impression of a spacious and inviting space. A narrow entrance can match the facade of a smaller house. This is just like a car alone, and its size is between 9 and 20 feet. To give an impression of openness, use the elements that surround the entrance. For example, a design of nested cobblestones that line up on both sides of the pavement. That will help to make the entrance look more significant than it does in reality.
2. Vegetation or materials?
Choosing the right material for your yard entrance is very important. Keep in mind the architecture of your home, just like the colors chosen and use them as a starting point. Your inspiration for the color of the entrance will have to be drawn from the natural hues of the environment of your home. Also, a trend that has become popular recently is to mix the options of materials and vegetation. But make sure to keep budget in mind
The materials and vegetation refer to landscaping with heavy and light accents. Stones and rocks refer to elements, while trees, shrubs, flowerbeds, and turf refer to vegetation. If you want your entry to be more private or defined, consider surrounding it with a wall or fence. Then, complete this with vegetation to lighten the layout.
Add subtle flower baskets or tall green grass between fence sections. The grass can have a formal effect, helping to punctuate the corners or lines of the entrance minimally, but elegantly. You must decide the permanence or temporary nature of the development. Shuffle ideas and be creative. But, remember that materials are essential to prevent water absorption and protect the soil below. So, plan accordingly!
3. Play on sobriety
Your parking does not have to occupy the space of the ground completely. Obviously, parking must accommodate your car, and sometimes safety must come first. From this perspective, first and foremost, make sure the terrain around your parking lot is functional while looking good. If you are thinking about adding a trail, do not use plants that will grow over the trail and obstruct the visibility of your guests. Also, make sure that the plants are not too close to the parking lot or home. This may push and give the impression that the surrounding space is small and cramped.
Use flower or herb beds to create an interesting border that separates the turf from the current parking lot. However, the flower beds should be extended to at least one to two-thirds of the height of the house. Obviously, you would not want to take a wrong turn with your car and accidentally crush the flowers. Therefore, be aware of this by configuring the landscaping of your parking lot.
4. Install plain pavers
Paving stones are a popular choice for the landscaping of your driveway and a good reason! Pavers come in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, so creatively speaking, your options are endless. Also, remember that you do not have to spend a fortune to get the design you want.
A reasonable budget is possible! Ingeniously use cobblestones to add a little sparkle to the landscape without completely covering the natural elements. Leave space between the tiles to create a geometric configuration with them. Mix the parking lot and turf using porous pavers rather than solid stones.
Another option would be to build a border around your parking lot to get a different style with the pavers. This is to break the monotony of a straight asphalt entrance. Consider using a paver whose color or texture is contrasting to add depth and interest to an otherwise dull entrance.
5. The columns
The entrance columns are used to create a welcoming courtyard entrance. These columns can take positions at the entrance of your parking. They are simple enough elements not to eclipse the rest of the ground or the entrance of your house. Use pretty brick columns and compliment them by crafting a cantilever wrought iron piece to connect the two. The columns should reflect and take inspirations by the facade of the house.
For example, if you go ahead with style inspired by French villas, it is not recommended to install rustic style columns. Add unique fixtures or wall lights above the pillars to secure your guests’ entry in the evening. As we have established, it is recommended to use your landscaping materials. This is to mimic the appearance of your home, but remember not to be too rigid, have a little fun!
6. The permeable pavement
Permeable parking and patios are better than large sections of cement or asphalt to control runoff and erosion. Consider using materials such as gravel, fine gravel or pebbles to surround the parking lot or to complete it. Gravel is often used to create a complete entrance; it is affordable, especially for homes with a long entrance.
Gravel is a diversified material and can accentuate the look of the house with its colors, textures, shapes, and styles. Even though the gravel is easy to maintain, it can sink due to weather conditions.
Also, during the winter months, the removal of snow can disturb the rocks, causing furrows or holes to form. As a result, some sections of the parking entrance will have to be filled several times a year.
Nevertheless, this is a small price to pay for the unlimited options available with this material. If you’re still not sold at the idea of your parking being completely graveled, line up asphalt with a contrasting gravel color to control both the water flow and add depth.
7. Add a focal point!
The design of your parking lot and yard entrance should take beauty and functionality into consideration. Also, as most homeowners know, this plays a role in the appeal of your home. If your parking is in a curve rather than straight, it is advisable to add a focal point. Focal points can appear naturally or may take strategical positions as elements or plants.
You might consider planting a medium or large tree, but make sure you think about how it fits with the front of your house. If a tree seems too invasive, you can use a contemporary planter with a medium-sized bowl or stone fountain. This is to mimic the appearance of a tree, but with an additional element of versatility.