Anyone who has ever gone in for a job interview probably can vouch for the importance of good first impressions. An immediate first encounter can leave a lasting impact – or be utterly forgettable. Have you ever stopped to think about the first impression your home makes? With the weather warming up, it is a great time to get outside and take stock of your front yard.
Improving your front yard can breathe new life into your entire home, starting before you even walk in the door. Making simple front yard improvements can welcome visitors, boost your home’s curb appeal, and make your home really stand out.
Fresh Front Door
The front door of your house is most likely the focal point of your front yard – so make it count! Your front door is a great place for a bold burst of color or an interesting feature.
Freshening up your front door with a new coat of paint is the easiest way to give your front yard some new energy. Depending on the color and style of your home, choose a hue that adds a bit of contrast. Classic choices for a door color include a dark color if your home exterior is painted in a pale tone, a bright, saturated color if your home is an earthy hue and a rich, warm color if the rest of the exterior is dark shades.
Your mailbox can be easily overlooked, afterall, you use it every day for the same practical reasons so it can be hard to notice when it is getting a little worse for wear. Refreshing your mailbox can give your home’s exterior a little polish. If your mailbox is looking a little chipped or faded, use durable enamel or industrial paint to refinish the surface. An old mailbox with dents or rust may be better off being replaced.
You can’t show your home off if visitors can’t find it! A simple home improvement project is making sure that your home’s address is numbered clearly in a way that is visible from the street. Like your mailbox, your house numbers may be something you see too often to truly notice, but take a second look. It may be time to repaint, reposition or replace your house numbers. While there are plenty of styles to choose from for address numbers, always make sure clarity is your priority here.
If you are unfamiliar with central Arizona’s desert fauna, developing your landscaping can seem like a daunting task. While it may seem tricky at first, working with low-water and desert native plants can produce truly dramatic effects – and keep your watering and maintenance costs at a minimum.
Local nurseries and landscaping services can help you develop a new look for your front yard with plants that can truly thrive in Arizona’s extremes. You may even want to look into landscaping techniques that help you harvest our precious rainfall in the soil of your yard, keeping plants nourished without the need of additional watering.
Arizona is home to some of the most incredible geologic sites on Planet Earth, and you can bring some of that natural drama to your home with the addition of rock features on your property. From stone steps to well placed boulders to cozy raised planting beds, rock features create visual interest as well as shaded nooks for plant and animal life. Always plan your rock features carefully – unlike smaller plants or home details they can be hard to move once they are in place!
Finally, why not go for a home improvement that helps your home inside and out? Attractive custom sunscreens from CC Sunscreens increase your home’s privacy and energy efficiency. Sunscreens work to block incoming heat and harmful UV radiation from entering your home, without blocking your view. In fact, sunscreens often have the added benefit of reducing window glare! Durable sunscreens from CC Sunscreens help keep your home’s temperature stable and with a whole range of colors to choose from, there’s options for any style of home. Ready to increase the beauty and functionality of your home? Drop us a line today to get started!