Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Entrance Landscaping, Landscape Design : Pearl Landscaping & Patio Company

Entrance Landscaping ~ Albany, Troy, Latham, Clifton Park, Saratoga, NY

Have you lived too long with an entry you don’t love, vowing that this will be the year of the new front yard? Before beginning your project, you’ll want to consider all the elements and how they work in concert to create great curb appeal and a wonderful welcome to your home. Consider Pearl Landscaping & Patio for your next landscaping project. From landscaping, landscape design, patios, retaining walls, lighting, outdoor fireplaces, fire pits, pergolas and more. Serving Albany, Troy, Delmar, Latham, Clifton Park, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Landscaping Entrance Clifton Park

Project: Redo the front yard.
Why: Your landscape is one of the first things you, a visitor or a prospective buyer sees when arriving at your house. Renovating the front yard can renew your pride in your home, increase its value and, if desired, lower landscape maintenance costs.

1. Circulation is not functioning well. The main purpose of the front yard is to provide an entrance to your home. A good design strategy includes:
  • Planning for vehicle circulation and parking
  • Creating a welcoming walkway to the front door
  • Highlighting the front entry

2. Views need to be blocked or enhanced. Options for enclosing a front yard for privacy include walls, fencing and plants. Be aware that most municipalities have regulations governing the height and setback of front walls and fences.

3. You’d like to reduce watering or other maintenance costs. A front yard renovation can be a prime opportunity to consider which site elements can be made more ecologically sustainable. New plantings can help your new front yard conserve water. Strategically placed trees can help reduce cooling costs in summer by shading your home, and heating costs in winter by blocking wind.

First Steps

Decide what you want. Think about the overall goal of the renovation and whether your objectives are short- or long-term. Are you freshening up plantings to sell your home soon, or are you making long-term improvements, such as revamping paths or a driveway to improve circulation and access?

Determine your budget. Early in the process, you will not know how much your renovations will cost, but you need to have some idea of what you can and want to spend. A general rule is to spend 10 percent of your home’s value on landscaping.

Landscape Design Project : Latham, NY

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