A front courtyard doubles as an opportunity to enhance curb appeal and define the entry sequence as a unique experience. A concrete walkway steps up from the driveway and meets in the front yard to move toward the front door. Uncovered windows allow the warm indoor lighting to be visible outside connecting the interior and exterior.
A polished concrete driveway sets the tone for this mountain home, striking a beautiful balance between modern design and raw natural materials. As guests follow the limestone walkway to the front of the house, they'll spy fresh greenery, stone retaining walls and a chic wood exterior.
Update your driveway with new hardscape choices, from pavers with a hand-cobbled look to boulders framing the area. The Bergerac pavers from Belgard, which have a dimpled texture, are manufactured by Superlite, an Oldcastle company.
A gravel driveway guides visitors through the front gate and to the formal motor court,
where there's plenty of space to park their cars. Straight ahead, they'll see the Spanish tile roof, sweeping balconies and archways that comprise the main house, as well as a matching garage on the right.
Beautiful planting beds curve toward the house, pointing the way to a wow of an upgraded entrance. Designer John Gidding built an expanded deck to encompass much more of the house and give it a modern profile, then painted the brick a soothing green. Arching walkways help anchor the home into the landscape and give people somewhere to walk besides the driveway.
A pristine tiled fountain rests at the center of a wide motor court that provides auto access to this sprawling Mediterranean-style estate. Named The Beverly House, the luxurious property was built in 1927 and designed by architect Gordon Kaufmann. An 800-foot driveway leads to this courtyard, winding through the manicured grounds.
A custom pipe and wooden shelf system sits in front of the left and right window that flank the sink, perfect for storing glasses and plates. Designer Tiffany Brooks says this storage system allowed the huge window area to remain open. “You have a direct view to your driveway, your garage area and all your neighbors on the street in front of the house.”
In the back of the home, a private driveway leads into an attached garage with elegant wood doors. Raised flower beds set into large, stone retaining walls give the exterior of the space color and an elegantly manicured look. The two raised beds break at a wrought iron gate that opens to reveal the private courtyard that leads into the home from the rear.
Cruise along the gravel driveway that leads up to this pretty Tudor-style cottage. The home’s dark green shutters, stone and shingle siding give the place fairy-tale like feel Mature landscaping and stone hardscaping give the large front yard a park-like feel.
This image shows the view that greets guests from the home’s long driveway, before they make their way to the welcoming front door of this modernized home. “The whole idea was to take something and make it the best it could be architecturally without really changing its character,” says designer Brian Patrick Flynn.
Naturally dwarf, Mr. Bowling Ball arborvitae (Thuja occidentalis ‘Bobazam’) grows in a spherical shape. Plants never need pruning, topping out at a tidy 30 inches tall and wide. Use Mr. Bowling Ball as a path or driveway edging, foundation planting or container plant in the warmer end of its range. Hardy in Zones 3-8.
Permeable pavement was used at the driveway and entrance court of an Idaho home to collect stormwater/snow melt runoff and allow infiltration, says Eric Venclik with Arentz Landscape Architects. The home is anchored to the site through the use of ledge stairs and rock outcroppings. Large flanking boulders create pockets for colorful plantings during the short growing season.
What was once the front yard entrance to a mid-century ranch house is now the site of a two story pavilion with a manicured lawn and formal garden. The pavilion adjoins the owner’s estate on the left while the far right side of the formal garden is where the driveway once existed from the previous home.
Through the custom wrought iron gate, a large paver driveway leads the way to this exquisite country estate set on 43 acres in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The property boasts breathtaking panoramic views of the natural Fiord of Finlayson Arm and the Saanich Inlet and includes an infinity-edge pool, terrace with a fire pit, guest suite and a spacious garage that car enthusiasts can only dream of, just to name a few.
To separate the home's front entrance from the highway, designers built concrete walls to frame a small courtyard, using polygal and steel panels to create a bit of transparency on the side of the carport and as a small accent on the street side. Now, the entry circulation comes parallel to the driveway on the street side with bright red doors which match the front door and visually call visitors and clarify the entry sequence.
The home’s curb appeal was updated by installing a new entry door and sidelights; new windows, including an enlarged opening for the second-floor living room; new fiber cement siding for the upper level; and a new garage door.
A new walkway was added to the street instead of having to come up the driveway. Heavy trim around the entry, garage door and new living room windows helped balance the façade.
This is a go-to evergreen for narrow spaces. Plants grow quickly and maintain a tight spread, ultimately reaching 12-25 feet tall by 3-6 feet wide. Shear plants to maintain your ideal size. Needles have a soft texture that pairs well with hardscape like walls and driveways. Hardy in Zones 3 to 8. Botanical name: Thuja occidentalis ‘Pyramidalis’
One of the most common ways to use dwarf Alberta spruce in the landscape is to plant a pair flanking an entry, driveway or path. In this entry garden, two spruce frame the steps to the front porch, effectively calling attention to it. Clumps of pink spirea provide a pretty counterpoint to the steady green of this pair of porch-side spruces. In winter, dwarf Alberta spruce really shines, sounding a steady note of green through snows and winter cold. Dwarf Alberta spruce (Picea glauca ‘Conica’) is hardy in Zones 2 to 8.