When preparing for the home of your dreams, it’s easy to get caught up in the details of what you want the inside of your house to look like. You want the open-concept kitchen with white cabinets, hardwood floors, and granite counter tops. You’re planning for a beautiful master bedroom with a spacious bath and walk-in closet. You’re picking out the ping pong table that’ll go in the basement where the kids can hang out.
These are all important details to hash out before and during the home design process;
however, there’s one thing you might not have thought about.
What will your landscape look like? Will there be plenty of trees, or are you considering a
A Yard Creates Curb Appeal. Curb appeal is the level of attractiveness of your home as seen from the outside. This includes the exterior style, color, and materials of your home. It also encompasses the flowers, shrubs, trees, porches, walkways and more. Anything that contributes to the overall beauty of the outside of your home serves as curb appeal. We like curb appeal, and so should you! Think about beautiful trees, stone walkways, and a porch perfect for enjoying your morning paper and coffee. All of these things are important factors when designing your house.
You’ll want to be outside. A beautifully landscaped yard entices you to spend
more time outdoors. You’ll want to invite friends and family over for Memorial Day and Fourth of July cookouts. It’ll also be a perfect place for hosting birthday parties and backyard camping adventures for the whole family! Also, according to this Huffington Post article about the importance of getting outside, being outdoors increases your vitamin D intake, and it can also improve your happiness. All the more reason to give yourself the yard you deserve!
Your Kids Will be Healthy and Active. Nowadays, children and teenagers are spending more time in front of TV, computer, and smartphone screens. This has led to childhood obesity and other health problems. While some screen time is okay, it’s absolutely crucial that younger kids are playing outside. Whether that’s having a great driveway for a game of pickup basketball, a swing-set in the backyard, or room to run around and toss a football, a spacious yard is important for the mental and physical health of your kids.
It adds value to your home. A yard that’s been neatly and beautifully landscaped tends to increase the value of your house. According to this House Logic article, “Gorgeous Landscaping Ideas: Trees, Lighting, and Retaining Walls,” the authors cite both John Harris, a landscape economist, and a Clemson University study when they write that, “Good landscaping can add up to 28% to overall home value… Even taking your landscaping from “good” to “excellent,” in terms of design, condition, and placement, can add 6% to 7% to a home’s value…” In other words, landscaping your yard with trees, shrubs, and flower beds is great for property value in case you ever want to sell your house.
These are just a few reasons that having a nice, landscaped yard is just as important as designing the interior of your home. Explore possible ideas on Pinterest, or contact C&E Wurzer Builders. We can help bring you a landscape that will be custom to your lifestyle!