Front Yard Opportunities
Front yards are typically less developed than back yards. However, designed front yards encourage social activity and community engagement. Outdoor social areas provide opportunities for relaxation, play and easy communication with neighbors. Avoid the use of stairs and steep inclines to provide access for a wide range of people. Using permeable surfaces that also allow easy walking and rolling can help to reduce water runoff while providing a safe and trip-free experience. This design showcases an extended social area that connects to the street with a driveway as well as a direct path from the sidewalk for pedestrians.
With so many variables at play, every project may differ greatly. Similar to back yard projects, these improvements can be expensive, but they’re also much easier to complete piece by piece over a longer timeframe, which makes them much more feasible for many budgets.
Front yard projects may be regulated under city and neighborhood guidelines - be sure to research local regulations before the planning process. Gentle slopes for paths and driveways create equitable access while also reducing the chance of injuries during inclement weather.