Monday, January 30, 2012

How's Your Window Appeal?

Magazines, television shows, realtors. They all remind us of the importance of curb appeal, but it's the rare occasion that we are schooled on the importance of window appeal. What is window appeal? It's the view you, the homeowner, get when looking out their windows out into your landscape. And it's just as important as the view people walking onto your property get. After all, this is your home, and you should enjoy it from any and all angles. There are so many ways to add visual interest to your yard. Take some time to assess your views from the windows.

Stand in your kitchen, look out the window...what do you see? Do you have some of your favorites planted nearby so you can see them while you cook or wash dishes? If not, imagine the difference when you do plant some color or fragrance close by.

How about your bedroom window? Wouldn't it be great to wake up in the spring to the blossoms of a favorite tree? Or for year round interest, add an ornamental dwarf evergreen or a holly. You might be surprised by the options available to you.

Window appeal also includes your hardscape. A strategically placed pergola, arbor or water feature can add beauty as well. Rock, stone and retaining walls add interest during all the seasons.

An experienced landscape designer can assist you with the placement that will give you the best overall window appeal. Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean you can enjoy your outside spaces.

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