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 front wall for 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’re hoping to create a property boundary, but privacy is of minimal concern, a low-levelled wall is an ideal choice. With this option, the front of your house will be proudly showcased to neighbours and visitors.
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. You can use either 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. 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 to create a fresh, natural look to your property.
In an age of minimalism, a clean, simple wall, with clean lines and colours, is perfect for the modern and contemporary home.
Keep in mind that a very tall minimalist wall could create an uninviting ambience. 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, 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. 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. They’re 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, and either fill the gaps with smaller stones or leave gaps open for a casual, informal entrance.
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.
You can also use slats of timber, textured metals or glass by simply slotting them into the posts.
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. Mosaic tiling can add beautiful designs to your wall and can even be done DIY. There has been a resurgence in murals for front walls, bringing back the appreciation of visual art. Many online artists can give you quotes and mock up a design that best suits your tastes and interests; or again, it can be an artistic DIY project.
There are also more common custom finishes, such as powder-coating, rendering, cladding or texture paint finishes.
Lastly, 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 can be used for vertical garden walls or even as walls themselves, adding a rustic charm.
Written by Sophie Deutsch