If you haven’t noticed already, landscaping has become a necessity in Australia if you want your home to stand out.
Increasing your overall ‘kerb appeal’ is the first of many trends that has been all the talk amongst Aussie homeowners of the last few years.
Not only does it allow homeowners to identify themselves, it can also increase the overall value and perception of the property.
From vertical garden walls and decorative concrete, to outdoor blinds, dining, and landscape lighting, define your front yard with these 5 latest design trends in Australia.
Exposed Aggregate Concrete Driveways and Pathways
For several years, decorative concrete driveways have been a huge hit among Aussie homeowners who are looking to create a stand out feature in their front yard.
Apart from being able to choose from a wide variety of patterns, one of the major reasons why decorative concrete driveways have been all the craze is the fact that you can customise it down to the individual rocks and pebbles used in the aggregate.
The beauty of decorative concrete is being able to adjust the colour palette to match your home’s exterior and blend in with your existing outdoor colour scheme.
View our project gallery to imagine how your front yard could look like.
Exposed aggregate concrete is visually appealing, extremely durable, slip-resistant, low maintenance and easy to clean, and can increase the overall value of your home. However, decorative concrete does come at a cost.
Vertical Garden Walls
What started off as a niche for green thumbs to put their gardening skills to the test, has now become a DIY garden sensation that’s sweeping across Australia wide. These innovative vertical garden walls allow homeowners to transform an otherwise ugly wall into an exciting, unique and colourful stand out feature.
Vertical garden walls are perfect for homeowners who lack yard space or own concreted yards but have plenty naked and faded walls with nothing on them. They can be easily constructed with Bunnings providing a DIY vertical garden kit that’s suitable for all outdoor spaces and sizes.
You may want to consider a vertical garden as a creative way of providing privacy in your front yard.
Although more suited to the backyard, more Aussie homeowners are moving to the outdoors to entertain and dine guests. Over several years, the need for outdoor dining areas, including patios and alfrescos, has increased and revolutionised the way we enjoy our meals.
The best part about it all is that there are no limitations to how creative you can get with the design. Consider adding a dining table and chairs, lounges, and outdoor entertainment systems.
Find out how to design and plan an alfresco area.
Jumping on the bandwagon outdoor dining trend are outdoor blinds. They go hand in hand and provide a simple solution to help you transform your front yard into a private sanctuary.
While giving you the privacy you need, outdoor blinds also come in a wide array of materials and styles allowing homeowners to get creative with their outdoor space.
You may want to consider block-out screens for complete privacy, or opt for a mesh screen that maintains a beautiful of your front yard while still adding a layer of privacy.
Outdoor blinds are a great way to make use of your front yard space to create a private area to entertain guests or family.
Adding landscape lighting to your front yard is a brilliant way to not only accentuate certain aspects of your garden but also to provide a feeling of safety as you walk to your front foot.
Guests will also appreciate how well-lit pathways and stairs are, as they walk safely back to their cars.
Create a bit of charm and drama by adding garden lights to highlight certain aspects of your garden, this will be sure to catch the eye of people passing by.
It is important to keep in mind that landscape lighting will require a bit of planning, both visually — areas you wish to accentuate — placement of wiring, switches and timers.
You will need to consider the cost of hiring a licensed electrician when factoring lighting into your budget.
An electrician is roughly around $70 – $95 per hour with a service fee anywhere between $50 to $100. If you’re after a new powerpoint or wiring for a new appliance you can expect to pay around $75 – $300 for a powerpoint and $450 – $800 for a new appliance.