To create a sense of entry, 2' x 2' thermal bluestone pavers set with lawn joints were laid out in a linear grid style fashion, helping to soften the front walk and to make the lawn feel more expansive. Anchoring the front and directing one through the front yard space, three dogwoods were planted triangularly. Privet was used to screen the house from the busy road and offers more privacy. To combat the existing front utility pole, the hedge was shaped in a curvilinear form. This allows for extra parking spaces along the street. The curved line also helps soften the front entrance and meet the somewhat angular entry of the driveway to the street.
For better flow, our original design suggested shortening the top of the gravel driveway that jets out into the rear yard space (part of the builders package), but the owners desired additional parking for weekend guests. Therefore, a decorative white wooden fence flanked with perennials and flowering shrubs was used to screen and soften the view back to the top of the driveway from the rear yard. Additionally, a Crape Myrtle was installed for seasonal color, to act as a focal point and to bring the screening above eye level. It further acts to screen the roofline of a neighboring house.
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