I mentioned in the July 2016 recap that we met with a landscape designer to start planning for the front yard makeover. One of the items high on the list to add a front walkway. Our house sits up on a hill, and the driveway is on the side of the house, which is where you currently enter. I don’t love that the first thing guests see our garage and garbage cans. And for whatever reason, this leads to people being confused and thinking we don’t have a front door.
Since the steps will be on a slope, rather than poured concrete, I like the idea of doing something really natural and gradual. There will be some small retaining walls, and a few landings. The landscaper also recommended we not remove the tree stumps from the pines we took out last summer. Instead, we’ll weave the steps through the stumps and hide them with some landscaping. Works for me!
Front Yard Inspiration
I started looking online for some front yard inspiration and steps on a hill. Here are a few I found:
(note: I’m not tech savvy enough to figure out how to turn off the pin button for a specific post, but I encourage you to visit the links below and pin from the direct source vs. here. Thanks!)
Contemporary Stone Steps (via Houzz)
Our house is a modern contemporary ranch, so going with something more sleek will work with the architecture. I also like the combination of gravel and stone pavers (which is more wallet friendly too!) . The landings for ours are likely to be bigger; the general idea is to do 3 steps and then a landing, similar to the below.