When you think of a heavily secure or fortified building, you likely aren’t going to couple that mental picture with a beautiful and well-laid out aesthetic. We think of razor wire, armed guards, huge towers, massive fences, concrete walls, and bulletproof glass. Of course, it’s a good thing that we needn’t keep any of those options as part of our residential security needs for the most part, because despite all of the obvious reasons, it would simply be quite unnecessary.
That being said, does this mean we need to throw caution to the wind and forget our need for security within the home? Of course not. But is it possible to fuse good curb appeal, beautiful home design, AND great security all at the same time? How can we feel secure within our homes without an aggressive ‘beware of the dog’ sign, or without distancing ourselves from our neighbors artificially?
Thankfully, this is more than possible, but it pays to practice your goals in an intelligent manner. With the following advice, you’ll be sure to do that:
Good Sight Lines
It’s important to keep clear sightlines around your property. If you have a large tree in front of your window, for example, it may be difficult to see who is banging on the door. Large bay windows can help you gain more of an open viewpoint, but so can a clear garden and lack of blocking garden furniture, such as a garden arch. Additionally, cameras are smaller and more subtle than ever these days, and their correct placement may help you see smaller alleys or ginnels at the side of your house.
Home fencing ideas can lead to many conclusions, but for our purposes, those with enough structural rigidity and height can provide a good preventative tool against those who may wish to trespass. Not only does vaulting this proves to be a health hazard, but it’s a noticeable visual event, and noise to boot, meaning that those with these intentions will often be discouraged in a matter of moments. Additionally, well applied, this can help your home gain visual value beyond measure, especially if painted or decorated in an appropriate manner.
Lighting can help illuminate the dark exterior of your property, especially when night falls. Motion-sensitive floodlights can not only help you gain clear visibility when parking on your driveway at night, but it can illuminate those who wish to inspect your property. However, it needn’t be a tool to prevent such nefarious issues either, as it will prevent those unfamiliar with your property, like guests, from tripping over your garden path or finding it hard to get to the right door in the midst of a winters night. Excellent lighting, especially slightly tinted down the garden path, can help your home feel ethereal and beautiful while providing visibility at all times.
With this advice, we hope you can achieve home security and beautiful design hand in hand.