There was an excess of cement in the front yard as far as we were concerned. The aggregate next to the driveway and streetside were removed when the paver driveway was put in. The lawn was removed about the same time. A large part of the front yard is the dry creek bed which is part of our rainwater collection.
I created the original plan when we first removed the lawns. Made a few goofs with the first design (too wide, all the rocks were the same size) but I think it’s looking pretty good now.
We didn’t fall in love with this house because of the yard. There was a tiny patch of lawn that was mostly Bermuda grass, a Mayten tree that dropped branches every time the wind blew, a courtyard fence that was falling apart and all that cement! The parking strip had cement, the driveway was extended on both sides with more cement. We knew there was dirt under there someplace and took on the task of finding it.
I created the initial design (after much research) and we have tweaked it several times over the years. Most recently we hired noted urban habitat specialist Jeffrey Caldwell to help us amp up the habitat value. There are still plants waiting to fill in and a bit more tweaking to be done, but we’re pretty happy with having all that concrete out of there.
As you would expect, there’s been a dramatic increase in the wildlife activity since this change.