Every time visitors arrive at your house; you are going to want them to feel welcome right away! While this may seem like a no-brainer, you wouldn’t believe how many homeowners do not have a front yard that is very welcoming. If you haven’t looked at your front yard lately or given it more than a haphazard glance as you pull in and out of the driveway, we urge you to go take a look at it right away. We bet you will be surprised at what you see and how it makes you feel when you look at this space.
Don’t worry, we will help you change how you feel about your front yard, so it is a welcoming space for you and all your guests!
Unless you kick out all your guests long before the sun sets for the day, you are going to have people wanting to see in your front yard when they leave your home. This is easy to do by installing lighting. You can place lights around your landscape and lining your walkway, but you can be even more creative and place the lights wherever you think that will create the welcoming feeling you desire.
Broken concrete, missing slabs of stone, and sagging wood is not what you want anyone to see, or walk over, on your front steps. If you are looking to create a welcoming front yard, you must fix your front steps and make them more appealing. If your front steps are really bad, it is best to tear them down and start from scratch. However, if the foundation is sturdy enough, you can easily create a custom look that will add a ton of visual appeal.
What do people walk along when they come to your house right now? Do they need to walk through the grass to reach the front door or are they simply walking on the driveway until they try to find another route to the entryway?
You can solve your guests’ problems by creating a walkway that will lead everyone directly to the door you want them to enter through. This walkway will make your home, and front yard, look more inviting and welcoming.
Plants and flowers placed all around your front yard can make it look more welcoming right away, but especially when everything is in bloom. We recommend choosing flowers and plants that are native to where you live, because they are easier to grow. You can place these plants along your new walkway and around your home. You can even create smaller gardens throughout your front yard to add even more pops of color.
When you have a welcoming front yard, your neighbors will want to come over to sit and hang out. However, in order to accomplish that, you must have a seating area out front that everyone can enjoy. This seating area can be as simple as a couple chairs and a small table or as elaborate as a round dining table with enough chairs for four people. You can have this seating area right on the grass, but we prefer creating an area with rocks and some potted plants.
If you are lucky enough to have a porch in the front of your home, you must spruce it up to make your front yard more appealing. A couple chairs will have people coming over to visit, while a porch swing will allow you to sit out there and relax while you wave to those people who pass on by.
Fountains are nice and relaxing, which is why many homeowners like yourself install them in their backyard. However, we would like to suggest that you install one in your front yard too. This fountain can be a conversation starter and it will draw people towards your yard quickly.
These are seven ways to create a welcoming front yard, but there are so many other options you can consider too. We recommend starting with these and incorporating the ones that will work best in your front yard first and then deciding what you may be missing and adding those items at the end.