Thinking about Curb Appeal

We all hear the phrase curb appeal when estate agents or tv make over shows are looking at houses, and I guess like me many people think its a bit of a strange one, do you only make your home welcoming or attractive because you want to sell it. What about just wanting to enjoy arriving home or welcoming visitors.

Walking round our neighbourhood recently, whilst taking my daily exercise I have noticed a lot more activity at the front of peoples homes. Perhaps being home a lot more recently has made people think about improving their home, or simply they have run out of Netflix boxsets to watch. Whatever the reason its good to see people improving where we live.

As regular followers will know we have updated our tiny front garden over the years, with a new front door, new planting and a brightly lit welcoming entrance.

But what have our neighbours in been up to. Plenty of planting, with several adding pots at the front doors.

These two standard bay trees make a welcoming entrance, but smaller features work just as well. Picking bright pots and colourful plants give any home a welcoming feal.

Several neighbours have also been updating their driveways, now I'm sure most keen gardeners would much prefer to use the space for plants, but having somewhere to park your car usually is a key requirement for many, not forgetting that it can help reduce your car insurance. Lots of options when it comes to driveways, from the simple gravel drive, that can almost be DIY if you take your time with it, to cobble stone, flags or block paving. One increasingly popular approach is a resin driveway, these use a mix of stone or other hard wearing materials and a resin to bond it all together. They often have the advantage of looking like gravel, but without the mess - if you have mown over stones on your lawn you will understand that advantage! 

A newly laid resin driveway

Lots of people edge them with blocks, or stone sets to get a traditional look, and I think they look very smart, and significantly better than the 1970s crazy paving one of my neighbours is removing!

As well as driveway upgrades, new fencing and even some railings are making a reappearance, we added new fences a few years ago to the front, partly to break up the continuous row of parked cars on neighbouring drives, but also to provide a backdrop to new planting. 

Many people are removing planting spaces from the front of their homes, small trees can be added at the edge of a garden to keep plenty of space for cars if needed, but by using the vertical height you still get a sense of a garden, and in the summer they create some valuable shade so your car wont get too hot.

Of course it is important to choose the right tree, not something that will dominate a small space, and avoid shallow rooted trees if you are planting next to a paved area so they don’t break up your new drive!

What have you been doing to improve your curb appeal, tell us in the comments below.


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