American craftsman house exterior. View of entry door and porch with nice landscape design around. Lake of the Ozarks, MIssouri

Creating Curb Appeal: 10 Front Yard Hardscape Ideas

Your house doesn’t only need to look good inside, but outside as well. To do that, like many other homeowners, you may need to upgrade your hardscaping, specifically in your front yard. Not only does this look more inviting and pleasing to the eyes of your future buyers, but it raises the property value of your house.

Whether you’re selling your house or staying for the long term, your front yard ought to be as perfect as you like it to be. If you don’t know how to hardscape, don’t worry, this is where we come in.

If you want your house to look as good as (or better than) your neighbors at Lake of the Ozarks, get a head start now! Read on below to learn 10 front yard hardscape ideas for your home.

1. Retaining Walls

Regularly neglecting your sloped front yard may lead to problems with soil erosion. You need retaining walls to help keep the soil in place and to maintain the yard’s stability.

You can choose from different wall materials such as interlocking pavers, bricks, retaining wall blocks, or even dry stack stone.

2. Driveways/Walkways

If you want a front yard hardscape idea to really highlight certain areas, you need to consider building a walkway. Walkways naturally steer people towards specific areas or features as it provides a sense of direction. This is one of the first things people notice, so you’ll want to make it look as good as possible.

You can explore different kinds of hardscape path designs and materials for stone walkways. Flagstone pavers are very popular right now and never go out of style.

Home with nice driveway made of colorful pavers

3. Patio

A patio is a great way to further expand your living space and it’s tremendously effective for creating curb appeal! You can use wood (though it won’t last as long and will have more maintenance), stone pavers, bricks, flagstone and even concrete to elevate the look. This can also decrease your lawn maintenance and make it more user-friendly and appealing.

4. Pergola

Pergolas are one of the trendiest hardscape ideas when it comes to outdoor living spaces. Like the patio, it serves as a great extension to create more outdoor living space for you to enjoy. It also offers a nice gathering place for outdoor fun or relaxing activities.

5. Fences

When it comes to choosing the materials, weigh in the pros and cons of each one. Wood is great for aesthetics reasons but needs regular treatment to keep it durable and resistant to moisture. 

We usually recommend natural stone, dry stack, paver, or brick walls for their lasting endurance, easy maintenance, and wonderful aesthetic factor.

Beyond materials, there is also a wide selection of fence styles to choose from.

6. Waterfalls

A waterfall exudes class while also bringing tranquility on a whole other level. It may not be quite as common as other hardscape ideas but that only seems to add to its charms. 

There are many ways you can experiment and design these versatile elements and features. Consider rock placement, lighting, fishes, and how the water will flow to further enhance the effect of your waterfall or fountain.

7. Outdoor Living Space

Do you want to cover a wider demographic of potential buyers? Accommodate them all by creatively integrating some convenient seating, benches, and tables in your front, side or back yard. This is useful for people with large families and who often throw parties for their friends.

8. Hardscape Lighting

Great landscape lighting can wonderfully highlight the beautiful features of a Lake of the Ozarks home at night. 

Install low voltage landscape lighting on your walkways or driveways to prevent injuries and provide visibility. A well-lit house can also provide security by scaring away potential burglars.

9. Rock Garden

Rock gardens can be elegant and beautiful when planned and designed well. 

You can start experimenting simply by blending a rock garden naturally with the greenery in your front yard. Some even have water features that are easily integrated to add sophistication.

10. Fire Pit

What’s the best way to have a source of warmth and enhance your outdoor living spaces at the same time? None other than a fire pit!

Many people love to sit beside the fire with their family under the twinkling stars. As you consider installing one, seek to complement your yard and other spaces and features. Check out some fire pit kits or fire tables and install them to make your evenings more enjoyable year-round.

Discover More Front Yard Hardscape Ideas Today

Follow this guide to choose and implement some successful hardscaping ideas at your Lake of the Ozarks home! Be sure to stay on the lookout for more front yard hardscape ideas, especially as trends change and new ideas pop up. That said, these hardscape ideas will remain a classic for decades!

Looking for hardscaping companies near you? We’re always available so don’t hesitate to contact us right now.

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