Before & After: A Spanish Front Entry

before and after front garden makeover spanish style villa

Pretty, but dated is what I think when I look at these before images.  But the ‘After’ puts the shine on this property.

Ditching the awnings and adding the steps highlights the beautiful front door (in addition to being obviously functional).  Of course, the details make it special, like the stone pattern in the walkway, the blue pot focal point and the symmetrical plantings.   When I see a project like this, I always think of those makeover TV shows where they invest in the house for the sake of property value improvement and then at the end of the half hour, the realtor comes in and says what the new value is.

If I were the realtor, I think I would say that this project has increased the value of this house far more than the cost of the project (even though steps like that aren’t cheap and I know nothing about the local market).   What do you think?  Does this house look like it’s worth more after the redo?

Designed by Miyata Dinos

before and after garden front walkway of villa

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Hi, I'm Rochelle and for 18 years I have worked as a landscape designer, author/writer, and design teacher. I've designed residential and hospitality (for hotels, restaurants, and spas) gardens across the USA and in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. After many years of teaching garden design topics in person, I launched the PITH + VIGOR Boot Camp series in early 2018. Through my blog, social media, and online courses (Garden Design Bootcamp and Planting Design Boot Camp) I aim to help homeowners learn how to confidently design and create home gardens that reflect their own personal and unique style.


  1. Matt Mattus on March 24, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Kudos on the Apartment Therapy gig! I actually had one of my design leads text me from her office, to check out the post, then she added that ” Oh, THAT lady, the only garden blogger I like!”. So, hey, they opinion makers like you too! Best of luck with the venture.


  2. dkzody on March 24, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Are you sure you didn’t get the before and after pictures switched? The one labeled After is really ugly. I love the previous one labeled Before. Nice and green with a feeling of space. The second one is so uptight.

  3. Suzanne on March 25, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    Wow, that is an amazing transformation. I always wonder how one gets a landscape to look established in such a short time (I think the answer is $$$), but this is impressive.

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