Post # 1
Hey designey bees!
We moved into our house in June and have been unpacking and decorating inside for the summer. We’re across from a golf course and don’t have many neighbours, so we’ve been slacking on the outside!!
Yesterday, I was out front and realized that we need some serious TLC! FI and i have lots of ideas, but I’d love to hear what you think we should do!
Post # 2
I’d fill in the part of the driveway that’s in front of the porch (so basically it would be half as wide as it is now). And then line the driveway With whatever. Bricks, stones, etc. I think it’ll make it look much neater. You could also add railing to your porch.
Also, we just moved into our house last month and I know what you mean about slacking on the outside! Luckily ours is hidden from the road lol.
Post # 3
I would keep the width of the driveway because it can be handy for extra parking, but edge it with brick or pavers of some sort. It’s hard to tell if the driveway is hard surfaced or just gravel. If the budget is there, I would use concrete, asphalt or pavers for the whole thing.
I would narrow down the driveway at the end closest to the house so it ends in a line with the first porch post.
I would add a new sidewalk that directs people to your front door.
I would paint the front door a different color so people know where it is.
In the summer I would add hanging baskets between the posts except for the section that is in front of the door.
I would add house numbers where they can be seen by guests and more importantly, emergency services.
Post # 4
Sb91: julies1949: you two are on my wavelength!! Thanks!!
we have a “911” number at he end of the driveway, but I really want a large stone with the house number on it Too!
The driveway is just grave, now and feels so messy to me! I hate when people park in front of our front door, so I def want to narrow it! Tks again!! Xx
Post # 5
Agree with better defining the driveway.
I think a handful of plants on the porch would go a long way. It’s a beautiful, green setting but I think you can incorporate a little more.
I would probably go further and make a cute little garden out the front with a path to the front door, instead of all that excess gravel. Depends on how much you need the additional parking space though.
Post # 6
MrsMcQN: I would paint the front door a bold color and maybe narrow your driveway. I like wide driveways, but I think that a plush front lawn might “amp up” the curb appeal. Then you can line the drive with flowers/mulch or stone or something. I also think you might want to add some potted plants or some type of outdoor decor on your porch!
Post # 7
I agree with all the PP’s about the driveway, flowers and painting the door a bolder color. I’d also consider shutters on either side of the two main windows that are the same color as the front door, and maybe using that color for the garage doors as well. We are currently house hunting and I always find that combination of matching colors to be very appealing. Whatever you decide to do, your home is lovely and you have many options!
Post # 8
Biggest thing is the front door and the furniture on the porch. I’d make it very inviting, like a southern porch, with a dark greenish black front door and paint the patio furniture same color if it’s wicker, bright cushions. Big pots of ferns and flowers. Down south, they put a haint blue on the porch ceiling, it’s a very light blue, feels like the sky when you’re sitting under it!
Agree re driveway comments fom PP. also, hanging flowers and a vining plant up the posts.
Post # 9
pink.lemonade: missmonsterjeep: Kay1126: Tinatiny1: thank you!! yes, i’m loving the idea of a DARK front door with lots of plants. with autumn coming i’m going to get on making the front porch more inviting!
i’m so glad to hear that everyone seems to be thinking the same things that we are – it gives me some courage to get going!
thanks again everyone!! xx
Post # 10
Something lining the driveway, hanging plants, and maybe a piece of outdoor art hanging between the window and door? Since there’s enough space?