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A house in North Carolina is very close to the coast and the house owner has issues with hurricanes. P. Allen Smith recommends ...
how to focus on the access to the front.
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This is the part of the show where we step into the design studio and take a look at photographs you send in of your property. We play around with some ideas on how to improve it.
Today, we’re taking a look at a house in North Carolina. This is very close to the coast because Sue mentions that they have issues with hurricanes. What I should really like to focus on according to her message to me is access to the front. Apparently, through the drive in the back, you enter the house and so, there's really no way to go from the street to the front door. So, I think you’re really right on in terms of trying to help your guest get to the front door.
What I would recommend is creating an apron like this and a walkway that comes down. I would make that walkway at five feet minimum, it might go six feet. It’s a little hard to tell. I would bring this all the way down and create the same apron at the street if you can kind of follow what I’m doing here like this. I know that this will actually be extended.
Looking at the house, it’s very horizontal. So, I think what we need to do is figure out a way to bring that into balance. What I’d suggest is maybe here, we do a pair of multi-truck, maybe crape myrtle and the same here. They really can resist the wind. They do well in your part of the world.
I would probably take this material, whatever that is. I can’t tell. It looks like a type of holly and extend that hedge over to each side like this; you create a sense of enclosure right at the entry. You certainly have an opportunity here if this becomes a brick pad to create a pair or add a pair of big container and create a splash of color with maybe some petunias or something like that in them, here on each side.
All along this walk, I would do a low growing evergreen shrub like a low growing of gumpo azalea or something like that and then when you move out toward the street, repeat that crape myrtle again, the same color, the same variety. I grow one called Byers White. I like very much. I also grow one called Sarah’s Favorite. Those are both white varieties but you make that choice.
Here, I’d wrap around each of these wings if you will or the apron with the same shrub. It could be a carissa holly, just a low growing shrub and then create a bed here on each side where you could plant something colorful. It could be one of the shrub roses. It could be a place to repeat these petunias that you might have here. You want to get that color echo going but I think you got a great opportunity here. These could be brick and then a brick border around the edge. This part of the apron could be brick and then the material between could be a little tiny pea gravel or even some of the oyster shell finds that you can get near the coast.
I hope these helps. You have a beautiful house and I think this would add a lot of depth to it. Good luck with your project.
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