Front Yard DesignContemporary Exterior, Perth
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Street appealHead outside, stand on the other side of your street and look back at your house. What is the first thing you notice? What do you like and what needs improving? Are there any simple fix-ups you could do to increase your street appeal? Consider what could you do for minimal investment and maximum impact.
4. Grey on greyThe last word in elegance, grey is versatile enough to be used on all styles of architecture. “Undoubtedly, grey is here to stay for a while,” says Stephenson. “We’re seeing a lot of blue-based grey in coastal areas, while charcoal and even black is a popular choice in the urban landscape. There are many terrace houses in the city in a mid- to deep-tone grey, with a bright front door.”Whether your preference is for silvery, bleached-out greys or darker steely-blue hues, you can build a high-impact grey palette with just three shades: walls, trim, and guttering/fascia boards. Working with tonal variations of the same colour creates cohesion across the facade.Make an Entrance: Top Tips for Painting Your Front Door
Keep up appearancesIntruders are more likely to attempt to break-in to your home when they think no one is home, so give outsiders the impression you never left the building. If you go away often or don’t get home from work till late, install a light timer to automatically switch the lights on/off as if you were home. Again, there are various options on the market at affordable price points. Belkin’s WeMo light switch allows you to remotely switch lights on and off from anywhere in the world using your smartphone or tablet. You can also create the impression you’re home with sounds – so consider leaving the radio or TV on while you’re out. Next, get your neighbours on your side. Let them know how long you will be away for, and leave a contact number should anything arise. Then, politely ask if they would mind emptying out your mailbox, clearing away any junk mail every couple of days, and taking out your bins the night before collection. A box of chocolates or bottle of wine to say thank you in advance wouldn’t go astray either.Something as simple as an overgrown lawn will indicate no one is home, too, so either ask your friendly neighbour to help you keep the grass trim while you’re away, or hire a professional to do it for you.