1. This is a project for an approximately 2 acre front yard. Our home is located in a community called 1000 oaks. Live oaks are a characteristic tree in our city, especially our property. These trees (in conjunction with the spanish moss) are one of the reasons we moved here, but we get TONS of leaves, dead branches, spanish moss, and dense shade.
2. Update the entrance and make it more inviting. Currently most people enter through the garage.
3. Currently, we're trying to get rid of all of the leaves that have formed an approximately 6" carpet, burying the scarce grass.
Additionally, we have a very minimalist landscape in front of our home that lacks colors and interest. The land is very sandy and there are many densely shaded areas.
4. We would like to improve the curb appeal of our home without creating a landscape that would enslave us to yard work. A beautiful lawn would be great.
We are looking for color ideas for the homes wood exterior that would go with the maison blanche stucco, the home's contemporary architecture, and the planned landscape.
5. The entire landscape and home is VERY dark at night. We would like to find a way to improve lighting of the entire landscape at night without having to get a second job to pay for the electricity bill.
1. What should designers absolutely know and consider in their design?
Price: We are on a budget.
The entrance needs to be according to the architecture of the house and harmonize with the landscape (Maybe
The home disappears at night as there is very little lighting caused by the trees.
We are not sure if we will be staying for longer than 1-2 years and we don’t have a lot of money. If this is going to be a costly project, please draw up a multi-stage plan so that we don’t have to do it all at once.
We are looking for a landscape that will not enslave us (low maintenance), but at the same time has a wow factor.
There are A TON of leaves and dense shades from the trees. The leaves will continually fall over the landscape, hence should be easy to remove or incorporate to the new landscape. The dense shades will be a challenge for the grass I am hoping for or the new vegetation if grass is not an option.
Finally, we need a color to paint the wood in our home. A color that, in addition to be complemented by our landscape, would go well with our stucco and garage door that have a maison blanche color; the trims of our house that are painted brightest white; and the anterior and back deck which will be painted a weathered wood brown.
2. Absolutely avoid?
A landscape that will require a ton of maintenance.
Going crazy with a design that would be too expensive (>$10,000 USD)(If so, this needs to be a multi-stage project: We can do $10,000 this year and $5,000-$10,000 next year).
Improves the curb appeal of the home, including during the night (which is very dark!) with a creative energy efficient idea.
The new entrance needs to be inviting and go with the architecture of the house and landscape. Make people want to enter the front of the house, instead of through the garage.
Organic and original landscaping (NOT COOKIE CUTTER)
Renewable and ecologically sound landscape.
Beauty, but yet a very practical landscape that would make our home stand out.
A new home color that goes well with our home design and the new landscape.