After much debate, we decided to put in a lawn in front of our house. I spent the day using a rototiller to prepare the soil. I added aged compost from the chicken coop and raked it in. I them planted the seed and added water. Now, I am waiting for the grass to grow. I am not a big fan of lawns and would rather have a larger garden instead, but the dust around our home has caused me to re-evaluate my stance on lawns.
Hopefully within a year, we will have a lawn thick enough to possibly play some croquet or just to hang out on. The relief will be opening the south facing windows during the summer and not having dust blown in with each gust of wind.
If we need the extra space eventually for a garden, my wife and I could build extra raised beds and fence in the area. However, I don’t see that as a necessity at this time and plan to enjoy a lawn again.