Tone Down a High Front Porch

A low flagstone wall enclosing a raised planting bed seemed to be a natural fit as I considered options for for front of this home. The  height of the front porch and concrete steps leading up to it made the front entrance look heavy and imposing, and needed some toning down. The lower wall comes out 6-7 feet beyond the steps to help push them visually back, helping to minimize their size. We chose to leave the
existing flowering crab, which gave us a chance to leave it on the lower level and have its own small space. We also integrated two large flat stones into the wall to add some  points of interest. A magnolia on the far corner of the house helps balance off the crab tree. Because of the raised grade, we found it necessary to install window wells as needed for the basement windows. The area under the crabapple and along the driveway will be planted with low ground covers

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