The Most Overlooked Potential Landscape Amenity….Period…!

Versatile…Lots of Utility…Adds Value… What am I talking about…?

Its the “Court Yard Entry”…!

One of the things I’ve learned since I’ve been in the Real Estate business is the more amenities a home has, the more utility and therefore the higher value.

Landscaping was described to me in a “Landscape Book” I bought.   “Landscaping extends the living area of your home.”

In other words, you could have a 3 bedroom 2 bath home with about 1200 sq. ft. that might seem kind of small.   However,  if you had a nicely landscaped setting of perhaps a 10′ x 10′ patio as part of your front “court yard” entry along with a patio of the same or larger size in the back yard, you’ve essentially increased the living space of this home haven’t you…?

With a Courtyard Entry, you can have another nice setting to hang out besides the backyard.   I know that most folks have the family gatherings and BBQ’s in the back yard.   If you had that extra area in front,  you can take advantage of the various orientations of your home.

For example, if your home faces the west you can sit in the front court yard looking out over the neighborhood at sunset.   Sunsets in Folsom go great with a glass of wine don’t they..?

You know I was driving around town here a couple of days ago and shot some pictures of homes in various neighborhoods that have patios and courtyards in the front.  I have a link here to a page that has a slide show of some homes with “Court Yard” entry’s.    Some are just simple front porches and some are a lot more.

Click Here and let me know what you think…

If you have a minute, check out a couple of the links for some  Courtyard entry ideas.

http://www.the-landscape-design-site.com/gardenstyles/entryways.html

http://www.roomzaar.com/rate-my-space/Gardens/Courtyard-Entry/detail.esi?oid=506284

http://www.ehow.com/list_7636633_ideas-courtyard-design.html

In the Mean Time…?

Make it a Great Day…!

Ed Favinger, Broker CRS, GRI, SFR        favinger@rwnetwork.com   916-203-1260

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