Exterior Design Series: Landscaping

Home exterior design tips: Hear from the experts

Welcome to the final instalment of our design series exploring the top exterior design tips to consider when building your new home. Previously, we took you through how to find your personal style and select the perfect materials and finishes to create eye-catching street appeal. This week, our 3 industry experts are bringing you their insider advice on the final element to complete your home exterior – Landscaping.

Landscaping can be an element that is often forgotten, but don’t underestimate the power of a well-landscaped front garden in adding huge curb appeal and value to your home. Well thought-out landscaping brings the overall look together, introducing colour, interest and even added privacy to your home.

Complement your front facade

From the finish of your driveway to the plants you choose, each element should complement the style decisions you have made in your homes’ front facade. Going with a cottage facade? Construct a garden that is soft and floral.

Create harmony by accentuating or complementing the architecture of your home like in The Ostaro by GO Homes. The unique angular paneling on the front facade is reflected in the angled garden beds and paving, creating a cohesive feel.

Easy DIY Ideas

Our expert Sarah says, “Luckily for some, some developers will add this component for homeowners as an incentive when choosing to go ahead with them. This means you needn’t worry about this step, but for those that do, it’s worth investing the time to sketch up a plan.”

Here are some easy DIY ideas that you can incorporate into your landscaping:

Stepping stones and pavers

Recently we’ve seen a move away from solid pavements and a favour towards cut out lining pathways, interspersed with stones as seen at The Walton Display by GO Homes. This an easy option to create contrast and impact in your landscaping.

Large planters as a focal point

Very prominent among modern front yard designs, large round planters often filled either one main plant or array of smaller plants feature as a focal point.

Vertical gardens

Don’t limit your gardening to the ground! Vertical gardens not only create a stunning visual impact for your home, they offer lots of amazing benefits including improving air quality, providing insulation and easy maintenance.

Get creative with your lighting

We touched on this last week, however, well designed lighting can accentuate your homes’ best features and easily add interest to your front yard.

Be honest with what you can manage

When it comes to your garden, be honest about what you can manage. If you have a busy lifestyle or no interest in gardening, opt for low maintenance alternatives such as artificial lawn and easy care plants like Australian natives.

Health benefits

Landscaping isn’t only about looks but is great for the environment and even your health and wellbeing. Research has found that people can find stress relief and healing when interacting with nature or even viewing it through a window. Our expert Sarah says that landscaping can even create a healthier home by filtering pollutants and providing cleaner air.

Be true to yourself

Thank you for coming along for the ride as we took you through our tips and tricks for creating the perfect exterior for your brand new home. The most important thing to remember when making design decisions is to be true to yourself.

If you’re still feeling like you need some guidance, our team is here to help. At BGC we work alongside you to create your dream home, guiding you through the complete process and providing professional advice on colour, style, fixtures and much more. Our team look forward to working with you and guiding you through this exciting journey!

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