“When we moved there about a year ago, the first thing we did was tear up the front yard and put a vegetable garden in the front yard with a firepit and chairs around it,” says architect David Stocker.

What’s an easy way to connect with your neighbors, lower nearby crime, improve your home value, and be happier? Put a pair of Adirondack chairs in your front yard, says David Stocker, principal architect at Stocker Hoesterey Montenegro Architects in Dallas.

It’s a new incarnation of what’s called front yard living — using architecture and furniture like patio seating to create livable spaces in your home’s front yard. Nowadays, it seems like backyards are given more thought and focus for livable spaces than the front yard, but Stocker wants to change that for the greater good — helping bring neighborhoods back to the social melting pots they once were. (more…)