Two Overlooked Opportunities in Curb Appeal, by EP Henry

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The major factors in curb appeal are the house facade, front entrance, driveway surface and landscaping. After any essential upgrades to those areas are complete, it‘s time to add more nuanced enhancements to the landscape.

Walkways and rolling lawns offer simple solutions for increasing curb appeal.

The major factors in curb appeal are the house facade, front entrance, driveway surface and landscaping. After any essential upgrades to those areas are complete, it‘s time to add more nuanced enhancements to the landscape.

In landscape design, line, shape and texture increase visual interest. Unfortunately, many homeowners squander potential by ignoring large swaths of lawn and the edges of walkways. Here are some ways to boost curb appeal by turning a creative eye toward walkways and lawn space.

Garden Walls
Nothing says “new development” more than large, unadorned lawns. While trees and shrubs may take years to fill in properly, a raised garden bed created by a beautiful low wall instantly adds warmth and welcome to a bland landscape. A small wall around a tree can accent the corner of a home or landscape. Tiered garden beds are a creative use of both vertical and horizontal space.

Walkway Borders
A strong, statement walkway is a real curb appeal boost. A lot of curb appeal is lost when homeowners don’t jump at the aesthetic and practical opportunities around walkway edges. They can become the textural level a landscape is missing.

Lining walkways with decorative edge stones is a simple and beautiful way to raise the status of a plain path. Adding a border to a walkway is a simple project for the experienced home improvement weekend warrior. Many stone manufacturers have edge or curb stones in colors that will complement the existing colors in the home and its natural surroundings.

Many homeowners may overlook the potential that a single wall or multiple low, tiered garden walls can add to the appeal of their landscape. A 16-to-18” curved or angular garden wall adds the design elements of texture and shape to the plain landscape and complements the home’s lines. Homeowners looking to rev up their curb appeal can use these two oft-neglected areas. Adding these elements is a simple, low-cost way to turn a plain landscape into a designed work of art.

About EP Henry®

EP Henry® is the oldest American family-owned and operated manufacturer of unit concrete products in North America. Based in Woodbury, New Jersey, EP Henry manufactures a wide range of Hardscaping™ paving stone and retaining wall products, including their new line of ColorTech™ integrally sealed paving stones. ColorTech™ provides “Enhanced Color, Advanced Protection”™. EP Henry also offers beautiful patio pavers, outdoor kitchen kits, garden wall solutions and more to homeowners throughout the Mid-Atlantic states. For more information on EP Henry Hardscaping products, visit EPHenry.com or call 800-44-HENRY (800-444-3679).

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