Looking for an eye catching redesign of my front yard, including the entranceway, front facade, landscaping and driveway of my suburban raised ranch home. The house sits well above street grade, so it features an ugly concrete retaining wall separating the driveway. A dense tree canopy from a cluster of 3 mature maple trees in the front yard, along with a very large oak tree in the adjacent yard, limits the amount of sunlight on the front year planting area. I'm looking for a redesign of the retaining wall, stairway and walkway leading to the front entrance, with a densely planted garden area in front. Also looking for a lighting to be incorporated into the plan to highlight certain features at night.
Prefer natural stone to engineered materials. I have always considered moving or widening the stairway in the retaining wall, but figured I should leave that to professionals. Enjoy vivid colors and don't mind planting flowers annually, but with a good mix of perennials also. I like the lush lawn I have, but I don't mind losing some of it for more planting area. I have a cluster of three mature trees in the front yard, which I am open to removing. Not looking for any fencing between adjacent yards because the adjacent property belongs to family. I don't mind changing the house color, or even the materials, but the section about the garage is vinyl, so changing that color or style should be taken into account. Cost of installation is not a great concern, but if savings can be made with certain materials (e.g. natural stone veneer vs. natural full stone), I'd be interested in knowing options.
Successful design will have visual impact and incorporate a variety of colors and imaginative design styles. Particularly interested in a thoughtful way to deal with the retaining wall at the edge of the driveway and the stairway and walkway leading to the front entrance. Looking for something will stand out in a suburban neighborhood where landscape design is fairly simple. In some sense, I'm looking to overdue it with a new design, but since the yard area isn't terribly large, any successful design needs to strike a balance.