The exterior of your home gives an important first impression to your visitors and neighbors. From the style of your porch to the appearance of your yard, we can help you create an environment that matches your personality. Designing a front yard that will not only turn heads, but also add financial value is easier than you may think. The first step is to focus on the curb appeal of your property. Here, you’ll find simple solutions to upgrade your front porch, add style to your steps and make your front yard the envy of the neighborhood.
Imagine greeting your visitors with a welcoming and relaxing area equipped with comfortable furniture, beautiful flowers and a bit of privacy. Having a cozy space that is designed for relaxation and tranquility can be a game changer. It’s the perfect setting for an evening of conversation with friends or a board game night with family. Yet, many of us fail to realize the value a put together porch can bring to our property. By incorporating one (or more!) of the following products, you’re on your way to a front porch makeover that will elevate not only the appearance, but the value of your home.
The reason for adding railing does not need to strictly be about safety. Freedom railing provides safety, style and durability in a variety of options. Many options meet building code requirements and feature innovative, proprietary technologies that improve both aesthetic and performance. We’ve highlighted a few of our favorite railing materials to help you discover what will not only meet your needs, but also fit your style. Take that style a step further by mixing and matching materials for a modern, customized look.
Mix & Match – Would you like to create your own unique look? Freedom railing is designed for mixing and matching, allowing you to create a unique look that is all your own. Customize your railing by combining your preferred material and the railing style that best fits the vision for your home. Start by selecting a base material and then select your baluster style. From vinyl posts to glass infill options, you can design a railing that isn’t the typical cookie cutter style that is often seen in most front yards.
Aluminum– Built for security, beautiful yard décor or both, our aluminum railing material is designed in a variety of styles. Powder-coated to resist rust, fade, and corrosion, Freedom offers aluminum railing that is durably designed to protect pets and children while maintaining a high level of beauty. Available in pool code approved styles and options designed with less spacing between balusters. Features patented Snap&Stay technology that allows pickets to snap securely into rails to deliver a strong and stylish finish.
Mixed Material–Need a railing that offers beauty and privacy? Freedom Artisan Mixed Material features a matte black or white aluminum frame with vinyl infill boards for a modern look available in two heights. To add a touch of your own style, choose from five different infill board color options. Each tongue-and-groove board is designed to have a wood appearance and can be positioned vertically or horizontally. Constructed of low-maintenance, durable vinyl, the boards are resistant to warping, rust and corrosion.
Vinyl – A heavy-duty and low-maintenance option available in code compliant styles. Features PerforMax technology which outperforms other composite and PVC products. This allows for superior resistance to moisture, mold, mildew, warping and staining. Available in 6’, 8’ and 10’ lengths, the railing and can be customized to allow for the inclusion of aluminum balusters or rails. Compatible with gate kits and rail board adapters (each sold separately). For added comfort and convenience, Freedom’s vinyl railing is compatible with ADA hand rail and select lighting options.
For a quick and affordable solution that can instantly breathe life into the front of your home, our Heathrow Transitional Rail Kit is the perfect choice. Incredibly easy to install, Heathrow rail can be used on front steps, side porch steps or even garage steps. The durable, powder-coated aluminum construction will not rust, and the matte black finish will complement any aesthetic. Rackable to a range of 0-41 degrees over a 3-step span, the Heathrow rail can be installed on concrete or wood. Not only can the rail kit be installed on your porch steps, but it can even be a nice addition to your paved walkway.
- all in one kit that includes rails, posts and assembly hardware
- installation on concrete, wood or deck surfaces
- rackability from 0-41 degrees over a 3-step span
In addition to stairs, Heathrow can also be installed on flat surfaces. Extremely versatile, it offers a creative solution that can add character to a walkway or be incorporated into your landscaping. However, Heathrow isn’t the only stair/level combination railing option.
If you are in need of a slightly more substantial railing system (see: code approved) for your front porch, consider the London railing. Constructed of the same durable powder-coated aluminum, the London railing is tested to IRC code requirements for additional safety.
- pre-assembled rail section
- installation on concrete, wood or deck surfaces
- building code compliant (always check local building codes)
- can be used for stair or level rail applications
- aluminum resists rust, fading and discoloration
This versatile railing can transform your front steps as well as your walkway or other flat surfaces. Easy to install and capable of providing a lifetime of beauty and functionality, London can be the answer to your front porch makeover.
Feeling creative and inspired? Freedom’s Allure Decorative Screen Panels are a unique and versatile way to add style to any area of your home, but can be especially impactful on the front porch. With six designs and four color options to choose from, how you incorporate them into your front porch setting is limited only by your imagination.
Panels can be used on their own, or in conjunction with our Frame Kit, to add privacy or use as a divider within your space. Each frame kit holds (3) Freedom Allure Decorative Screen Panels and allows for additional frame kit connections. This application is ideal for larger porches or to create seclusion in smaller spaces.Combining multiple kits can give the appearance of a decorative accent or even as a divider wall. Additionally, these panels can also be painted – which allows for complete personalization. Matching the panels to the color of your front door, shutters, or even to your flowers, can majorly maximize your curb appeal.
Take a look at some of our favorite ways to incorporate our Decorative Screen Panels into a front porch setting:
Along with your porch, the front yard can drastically affect the curb appeal of your property. Adding a new fence or even upgrading an existing one can make a big difference. Combine that fence renovation with a few upgrades to your surrounding landscape and you’ll have a front yard that will have your neighbors asking you for your DIY secrets.
Incorporate a Fence
The idea of building a fence in your front yard can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t need to be a difficult choice. Freedom offers fencing styles that will add beauty, safety and security to your property and exceed expectations. However, every home and each neighborhood is different. For this reason, you’ll want to take the time to properly consider all options and determine the best fit for you and your yard.
Material, style, and height of the fence all factor into the overall look of your outdoor space. Do you want to completely block yourself off from your neighbors? Add security while still allowing complete visibility? Do you need a pet or kid friendly fence option? Are there specific requirements your HOA has in place? Focus on your reason for building a fence. These considerations, along with your own personal style preferences should guide you in choosing the best option for your home’s exterior. Learn more about all the considerations to be made before Building a Fence here.
No matter the size of your yard, Freedom can help your home improvement dreams become a reality. To fully achieve a front yard makeover, you’ll need to develop a layout that not only utilizes our products but also embraces the beauty of nature.
Think outside of the box. Adding a few white picket fence panels along your walkway can create an inviting aesthetic, especially when complimented with flowers and featured as part of the landscaping. Planting bushes, shrubs and trees can rejuvenate that front view of your house and add year round beauty when correctly selected.
But don’t start planting and adding mulch just yet. Proper planning can be the difference between a truly gorgeous exterior and an exterior that simply has a few beautiful elements. Take your home to the next level by choosing plants and flowers that visually work well together.
Designing your outdoor living space to match your vision can be a challenging, but exciting process. Often with the addition of even just one product, Freedom can help to revitalize your yard and transform it into a haven for you to enjoy all year long.