Located right on the edge of the 80-mile long Okanagan Lake, Kelowna is known for some of the most spectacular landscape in Canada. Home to some renowned world-class wineries and orchards, it is also a large city offering an array of gourmet dining, excellent shopping and a thriving cultural community. Kelowna is also a popular destination for holidays of all seasons since the city experience all four seasons of spring, summer, fall and winter. There is always something for someone to do here in Kelowna.
For me, it’s an enjoyable drive around the residential areas of the city where you get to take in the sights of beautifully landscaped homes, big or small. No wonder the Kelowna real estate industry still shows excellent results in housing despite the not-so-favorable market conditions. If my finances are of no constraint, I think I would be easily tempted into investing in one, just by admiring all the beautiful Kelowna front yard landscaping. Every home is so tastefully landscaped with their individualistic designs.
The yard is normally not the area considered for relaxing or entertaining. However, front yard landscaping is one good idea to add value to the home. Backyard landscaping may be for the purpose to provide for privacy but the front yard landscaping is the opposite. It’s like a testament to your personality to the world outside. It also provides a sense of invitation for anyone who steps right in front of the yard.
If you are into the idea of sprucing up your yard, then the following points might be worth your time to consider before your project value-add or depreciate your investment.
1. Available Space
The top most important consideration for your front yard landscaping is the area space available for you to transform into your dream landscape. Normally the yard hosts the entrance of your home as well as the driveway for your cars. This is where the most traffic occurs to your home and an appropriate space set aside for it is essential as you define the landscape to be created around these spaces.
2. The Topography
Is your front yard flat or is it sloped? The topography is another important factor that determines the landscape of your front yard. Say if the land is flat, you may need to include a design that allows rainwater or your car wash to flow out into the drainage system. Exposed or hidden gutters may add or take away the aesthetic taste of your front yard landscape. On the other hand, if your front yard is sloped, you will have to add stepping stone for visitors and anti-skid flooring to your driveway. A sloped yard provides an advantage as it provides for outstanding visual between your home and the front yard.
3. Exposure To The Sun
How exposed is your front yard determines the type of plants and awnings that you will put up in front of your home. If your front yard is exposed to harsh sunlight daily, then planting a tree to cast a large shadow over your lawn or green foliages would be a suitable idea. If this does not permit, then you may consider erecting a structure in the form of awnings or maybe a pergola to provide the needed shade. This structure should remain simple to frame your home and not hide it or change the focal point which should be your home.
4. Selection of Plants & Trees
Just as the above three points, the plants and trees that you select for your front yard is equally important. Trees can either frame the view of your house or it can dominate the focal point away from your house. Select trees that can match the design of your house. An uncluttered front yard will create the illusion of extra space and tidiness. Always follow the rule for simplicity and repetition. Less is often more.
Outdoor lighting is must for your front yard landscape. Not only will it show off your front yard landscape during the night, it is also for the safety and security for your visitors and family. Study the natural light available on your front yard i.e. the light coming from the streetlights, from the neighbor’s or even the light on nights when the moon is full.
Keep the lightings focused on focal points and safety hazards and do not forget to maintain these fixtures away from walking paths. Not only choose safe spots in your yard but also ensure that it interfere with your plants.
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