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If you choose to live in a city, you’ll find a number of benefits to your location.
Community: Most cities are densely populated and home to people from many different backgrounds. When you live in a location like this, you’re likely to find a community of folks who share similar interests and find more organized opportunities to interact with them. People tend to live closer together within an urban setting so it’s easier to get together without introducing commute time.
Job Opportunities: Businesses are often based within cities because they thrive where human activity is present. As a result, an abundance of employment opportunities are available in urban locations. You’ll find service jobs like baristas and restaurant servers as well as opportunities for doctors, lawyers and independent business owners.
Shopping and Restaurants: Because of the high concentration of people within cities, you’ll find more access to shopping and restaurants. These opportunities will often be more diverse and specialized than those found in more rural locations because they have increased foot traffic to support them.
Public Transportation: Bus and subway systems within cities create simple ways to get around without having to own a car. Not only can you avoid the cost of maintaining a vehicle, you also save on gas, parking costs and commute time.
You will find museums, galleries and music venues within a city setting that provide opportunities to experience cultural events first-hand. Well known musicians and high profile art exhibits often schedule shows in urban settings so you’ll be closer to the action if you want to participate.
You may take your front door for granted. Maybe you only use your front door occasionally when company comes or you have a gathering at your home. It’s amazing how much more curb appeal you can give to your home with a properly lit front door. Below, you’ll find some tips to help you brighten your front door and the overall appeal of your home.
Make Your Front Door Shine Through The Night
If you want your home to have curb appeal, you may think of the daylight hours. Sure, you want your home to look good during the day, but there are 24 hours! You can find plenty of ways that you can add nighttime curb appeal to your home with correct types of landscape lighting. Some ideas to help you highlight your front door can be found below:
Put a spotlight on the entryway
Using bold lighting like this can help you to enhance the features that are already present on the front of your home.
Use sconce lighting
This type of lighting is easily mounted onto the side of walls or the side of your home. You can use these types of lights to add to the style of your home as they come in many different kinds from the stately to the fun and whimsical. These lights also provide quite a welcoming touch to the home.
Consider Lighting Your House Number
Wherever your house number is present, you should try to light it. This way, after daylight hours, guests can clearly see what house number is yours. You can do this with a lamp post or a spotlight depending on where you have your house numbers mounted.
Use Lighting Variations
Just as you would on the inside of your home, the outside of your home should use variations of lighting. Use sconces for overhead lighting. Think of the lighting on the outside of your home based on the main types of lighting: task, decorative, ambient, and accent lighting. Using these basic design principles can help you to find where the need for light is in your yard.
Highlight Your Landscape
Your hard efforts at landscaping aren’t just for the daylight hours. Use lighting in your yard as a way to highlight the beauty of your yard the whole day and night through. If you have particularly unique trees or bushes, or a nice statue in your yard, use lights to brighten the space and show off the best features that your yard has to offer.
When thinking of lighting your yard keep safety as your first priority and design as your second for a great outdoor lighting scheme.