By colonizing the strip between the sidewalk and the street—allowed in many towns—the path to the front door seems longer and the property more sizable. The homeowner saves on upkeep costs by using native plants, which require less water and fertilizer.
A whitewashed fence with an upper row of thin, wide-spaced spindles opens up the view into the yard. Below it, a new stacked-stone retaining wall echoes the look of the home's sturdy foundation and gives the property more presence. For even more unity, the same stones create a border between the planting strip and the street.