What type of front wall would best suit your property?
Once the four walls of a home are built and a fence is installed around the backyard, many homeowners view their private homely abode as a completed product. But to create a truly finished look that will differentiate your house from all others, consider installing a sleek, modern wall at the front of your property. A front wall will add interest and flair to your entryway, enabling you to express your creativity whilst making the most of your outdoor space.
If security or privacy is your highest priority, a tall boundary wall is the best option. Made of sturdy materials and built to the heights you require, they offer a safe perimeter for children and pets alike. To look less foreboding, consider incorporating some design elements or garden beds to soften the aesthetic.
If you are hoping to create a clean outline to your property, but privacy is of minimal concern, a low-levelled wall may be the ideal choice for you. With this option, the front of your house will be on display to neighbours and visitors, showing off your grand and inviting home.
If you are after a more natural, creative style, consider constructing an undulating wall that curves gently among the greenery and flowers in your front yard. It is a beautiful, classic option that adds a sense of timelessness and romance to a space. It can be done with traditional masonry materials, rough stones or cement blocks, each offering a slightly different aesthetic. Lined with foliage, it adds a beautiful front boundary with a softening touch of country elegance.
For added interest, consider including a gate within the walled structure. A grand gate will break up the monotony of a front wall and welcome visitors into your private sanctuary. Designed with ornamental touches and patterns, gates made from corrugated iron or steel will provide a unique and interesting addition to your property. You can also place large pot plants on either side of the front gate to draw attention to this key focal point.
There are many landscaping ideas you can add to your front yard space to further embellish your entrance. Construct a path of cobblestones, stepping stones or slabs that leads visitors from the street to the front door. If your yard is on a steeper slope, think of incorporating some steps and tiered gardens to soften the entrance. For an easier way to add character, design a small garden behind the front gate to create a fresh, natural look to your property.
In an age of minimalism where many homeowners are trying to reduce their possessions and keep things simple and clean, a minimalist style wall is a trendy and contemporary choice. Simple and stylish, with clean lines and colours, is perfect for the modern and contemporary home. Master minimalism in your front yard by building a wall that is simple, chic and blends in naturally with the backdrop of your house.
Keep in mind that a very minimalist, functional wall can create an uninviting ambience if it is too solid and plain in appearance. Consider placing some tall pot plants or garden beds in front of the wall to break up the monotony and create some visual interest. Lighting is also another option to lift the atmosphere, placing lamps or other exterior lighting that illuminates part of the front wall at night.
To create a lush and flowering front garden setting, build a simple wall structure with climbing plants that blossom outwards. Popular climbers such as bougainvillea, wisteria and ivy are great space savers since they grow upwards, producing a wall with a mass of beautiful foliage.
A garden wall will require more upkeep than an original plain front wall. Investigate how to look after your climber plant, such as the amount of soil, sun and shade required by a creeping plant. For example, bougainvilleas require a soil type with good drainage and decent exposure to the sun in order to thrive. They also flourish with a fertiliser that contains potassium or potash, but try to avoid ones that contain a high quantity of nitrogen.
Wall planters and vertical garden pots are a huge trend as of late, for both decorating front walls and adding green elements to an otherwise dull wall in the backyard. If the yard itself is space limited, it’s a great way to add a touch of nature to your property and a wonderful opportunity for green thumbs to still get their gardening fix in a tight space.
Following on from the garden wall idea, hedges are a completely natural way to add a front fencing solution to your property. While this option takes a lot of time and maintenance, it is a beautiful feature that adds an air of prestige to the space. While it may not be ideal for those seeking heightened security, it may be an option for someone simply seeking a visual border.
A front wall can come in many shapes and sizes, and need not be a completely solid, freestanding structure. Rock walls are a more informal way of constructing a front wall. Stack large stones on top of each other, and either fill the gaps with smaller sized stones or leave open spaces between each stone for a casual, informal entrance to your home setting.
A rock wall is a cost-effective means of building a front wall, simply requiring a series of stones, and can give you the freedom of choosing your own materials to match your desired aesthetic. You can even use stones found on your property or in natural landscapes, as long as the stones are sturdy and will not easily shatter or crumble.
Owning a suburban block with a white picket fence is the Great Australian Dream for many homeowners. A warm and welcoming white picket fence is a traditional and relatively cost-effective front wall option. For those who are DIY-inclined, you may like to create your own white picket fence by consulting an instructional guide online where you can choose which style best suits your home.
Brick offers a solid structure that can be built high or tall, depending on the purpose of your wall. An assortment of colours and sizes can be selected to match the aesthetic you prefer. A naked brick finish will offer a classic look, while a rendered finish might suit a more contemporary home. Adding decorative brickwork patterns amongst the design can liven up the finished outcome and add a touch of style to the wall.
Creating a sense of privacy and seclusion is of paramount concern for many homeowners. This style of wall is particularly suited to those homeowners wanting to create privacy and maximise space of the front yard. A relatively high modular wall will enable homeowners to create a space at the front of their property for relaxation and general enjoyment. Mark the start of property in a strong and clear manner to delineate the streetscape from your own private home.
Modular walls have a clean, contemporary aesthetic that matches current architecture. Unique styles, such as the SlimWall vs the EstateWall, offer slightly different looks, but they can be further personalised to match your style preferences.
Slats of timber or aluminium, or panels of textures metals or glass, can be added by simply slotting them into the posts as you would with the panels.
The cementitious surface accepts many different finishes, such as stone cladding, tiling or texture painting, to match the overall architectural aesthetic of your home and garden. Decorative screens can be affixed to the surface and cabled lighting is made exceptionally easy to incorporate with their lightweight materials.
Imprint your favourite pattern or design onto your front wall. Decorative screens can be incorporated as a feature into a more solid wall structure, or used on their own as a front wall, combining unique metalwork with laser cut designs and dramatic back-lighting.
Custom design elements
There are many ways to add a touch of flair to your front wall to reflect a sense of individuality and style. Mosaic tiling can add beautiful designs to your wall and can even be done DIY, if you have a streak of creativity you’d like to bring to the project. There has been a resurgence in murals for front walls lately, bringing back the beauty of visual art into our everyday lives again. There are many artists who can be found online you can give you quotes and mock up a design that best suits your tastes and interests, or again, can be an artistic DIY project. There are also more common custom finishes, such as powder-coating, rendering, cladding or texture paint finishes, enabling you to personalise a front wall in accordance with your individual tastes, preferences and style.
Upcycling and repurposing has been a huge design concept as of late, adding an environmentally-conscious factor to your property. Various sturdy materials used in the construction industry are being used in new and exciting ways – especially home improvement projects. Tyres can be used as oversized blocks for retaining walls, with their hollow centres being used as vertical planters. Old pallets have been used as shelves for vertical garden walls or even utilised as walls themselves, adding a rustic charm to the property.