Design Philosophy: Love Your Front Walk / by Brooke Hansen

It's February and I thought this would be a great time to talk about an area of the yard that you would assume gets a lot of love, but most of the time doesn't - the front walk.

Now you'd think it wouldn't be so poorly neglected right?  It connects right to the focal point of most houses, which is the front door.  So why is it that we usually end up with a skinny little "J" shape between the driveway and the front door?  It's not because the homeowners have bad taste and it's not because that's the only option - most of the time it's because of code.  They won't let you move in until there is hardscape access to your front door, and if you're in a hurry (which pretty much everyone is) you will likely end up with something quick, cheap, and purely functional - thus the skinny little "J".

So how can you, as someone building a new house, avoid this?

And get this something a little more like this...

The main thing you can do is to be proactive and ahead of the game!  Find examples that you like and show your builder and then make sure that they know that you have an opinion and it's just not "whatever".  Just doing that can save the aesthetics of the front of your home AND a lot of grief. 

And of course, if you are in a position to do so, get a landscape designer or architect on board early to ensure that your vision for the exterior of your home becomes a reality - that is their job after all!