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Number Seven for sure. Parcial to that Craftsman look and the exterior colors are perfect.

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I'm a paramedic and I have a couple of suggestions (requests?) for front yards.

1) House numbers should be:

- easily visible from the street, when approached from any direction.

- easy to read (shakes fist at some of these 'fancy fonts' that are popular these days).

- lit for visibility at night.

- should NOT be blocked by vegetation at any time of the year.

(And on the subject of house numbers - I also suggest putting them up at the back too, if you have an alley/laneway)

2) Sidewalks should be:

- wide enough and smooth enough that we can wheel a stretcher to the door.

- made from a material that can be shovelled easily (if you live in an area with snow).

- free from encroaching vegetation - I don't want to feel like I'm slashing my way through a jungle just to get to the door

- Save the meandering pathway for another entry. Zigzagging the patient significantly increases the risk of vomiting.

- Reconsider gravel - it's a tripping hazard for everyone.

- Take yard drainage into consideration when planning a sidewalk, especially if you live in an area with snow. Having snow melt & freeze across your sidewalk may result in a call to your local paramedics.

3) Entryway:

- has good outside lighting (again, not blocked by vegetation).

- is not blocked by too many planters/knicknacks/door mats, etc.

- ideally has enough room to swing the door open without needing to back down the steps.

I could go on & on, but I think this covers some of my main pet peeves. :)

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No meg, not everyone who has pets wants/needs/owns cars- lots of ways around this, also as I said, this should be the overall trend, it is obviously not possible for everyone.

Also not everyone wants/ needs needs/ owns pets……


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