While out for a walk I often imagine yard makeovers for the neighbors. I find it both entertaining and challenging.
One of the more interesting homes I see on my walk has been sold recently which makes it fair game for musings about its future.
A classic mid-century modern house built in 1975 which was well past the typical date for these houses. Because it sold quickly and this is a sought-after style for young families, I'd like to think that means the purchaser understands this house. I was inside the house recently when they had an estate sale. Other than an unfortunate 1980s frilly brass light fixture "update", many of the details are in character with the facade. A blocky rectangular fireplace divides the entry from the living area which has large windows and glass doors across the back. Unlike more common open floorplans of the 1970s, the kitchen is small and cut off from the rest of the living space and I saw no easy way to fix that. Yes, I checked.
A family would not want to eliminate the lawn entirely because the back yard is small, but you could certainly do a lot with this front yard.
The oaks by the front door would stay, but I would remove the foundation shrubbery to open up the front. Add sculptural, spiky plants in gravel along with opuntia, native grasses, and perennials are what I see here. The curvy walk doesn't work, the curves have no purpose. Replace it with large rectangular concrete slab stepping stones or similar modern update. Switch out the adobe-style ceramic lights for Arts and Crafts fixtures. Paint the mailbox to match the door or house trim and get rid of the string on the handle.
I like the door color, or it could go a bit more orange, but please don't paint it brown.
Another landscape fixed. On with my walk.
What do you see?