5 Ways to Make a Grand Entrance: Hardscaping Tips from EP Henry

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The front entrance is the focal point of any home’s landscape. Designing the front entrance to be grand as well as welcoming is the priority in any curb appeal project.

It’s said one never gets a second chance to make a first impression. The front entrance is the focal point of any home’s landscape. Designing the front entrance to be grand as well as welcoming is the priority in any curb appeal project.

Here are 5 ideas for entrance enhancements from paver and wall manufacturer EP Henry.


The walk leading up to the house is often overlooked because it is not always viewable from the street. The front walkway builds a welcoming atmosphere, and guides guests to the home’s entry. The latest approach to sidewalks is to treat them as places for beautiful form instead of mere function. Better Homes and Gardens calls the new trend “Style-Forward Sidewalks.” Patterns, color and material combine with design to boost the slabs from stepped over into show-stopping.

Garden Walls

Visual interest is built in layers. If the lawn is the first or background layer, a low garden wall would be the next addition to the scenery. Raised flower beds are often the motivation for installing garden walls, as the raised beds add a level of interest and keep the front garden tidy. A lone tree or fountain looks like an integrated design element when surrounded by a garden wall. These small retaining walls can be the easy addition that makes a landscape pop.


Columns bring the eye up to higher planes. Columns can begin a walkway or frame a driveway. Columns can be the endpoint of a garden wall and hold potted greenery like in a grand hotel garden scene. Lighting can also be installed in columns to help illuminate pathways or highlight trees or the house’s architectural lines.


Steps built with pavers or other materials offer homeowners an opportunity to add beautiful design elements to their home’s front landscape. The plain, concrete steps leading up to the home’s front door can be redesigned to be a stunning visual element. Breaking up the rise of the steps across the pathway adds interest. A step and a longer landing between the next step conveys a relaxed and luxurious air to what would otherwise be a compact, busy stairway on the path. Rethinking the steps in the landscape can open up ideas for improving the landscape.

Paver Designs

Adding the natural look of stone to a landscape brings in texture, color and pattern, 3 elements of design necessary for great curb appeal. Installing pavers on the walkway, steps or driveway adds visual interest and functionality to the landscape. Pavers can be installed in patterns like herringbone, running bond, and basketweave, and accented with contrasting borders or circle kits.

Manufacturer catalogs contain gallery photos of landscaping designs and elements to help homeowners find a similar aesthetic to their own. Looking through online and print catalogs can generate ideas for even the most challenging curb appeal project.

About EPHenry®

EP Henry®, the oldest American family owned and operated manufacturer of unit concrete products in North America, provides the highest quality and broadest product offerings in Hardscaping(™). Based in Woodbury, New Jersey, EP Henry manufactures a wide range of paving stone and retaining wall products, including permeable pavers which are a best management practice (BMP) for stormwater management. EP Henry also offers beautiful patio pavers, outdoor kitchen kits, garden wall solutions and more. For more information on EP Henry Hardscaping products, visit EPHenry.com or call 800-44-HENRY (800-444-3679).

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