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Renovating the Facade of Your Home

Last Updated Jul 17, 2012 · Written by Jaclyn Fitzgerald

The exterior of your home is the first thing that people see when they come to visit or as they’re driving by, so you want it to look as nice as possible.  If your home’s facade is looking a little the worse for wear, it’s time for renovation!  Renovating your home’s facade will make your home look like a million bucks and it’ll help you make some much needed extra bucks too when it comes time to sell.  For more advice about renovating your exterior facade, just have a chat with your local renovation professional.

Add a Coat of Paint

Depending on your budget, there are plenty of ways to renovate your home’s facade.  The simplest is to just give it a good clean and then add a new coat (or three!) of paint.  Make sure that you choose a reputable brand of paint that makes high quality exterior paint (as you don’t want it come off or fade prematurely).  Choose a colour that works well with your roofing and guttering, and use the same colour as your roofing and guttering for your trim if you desire.

Render Your Facade

Another relatively easy way to spruce up your home’s facade is by using either cement or an acrylic render.  The render should be applied by an experienced professional to get the best results.  You can paint the render once it has dried but often, oxides and colourants are added to the render mix itself to create gorgeous colours.  Having the colour all the way through the render also means that you don’t have to worry about fading or slight damage such as chipping affecting the overall appearance of the render.

Get Cladding!

If you have a little bit more money in your renovating budget, you may want to consider cladding the exterior of your home to create a beautiful, more unique facade.  There are heaps of options to choose from (to suit both small and large budgets) and some of our favourite include weatherboards, timber, stone, brick, concrete, and steel.  Properly applied, it lasts for decades and it can also have excellent insulation benefits.

Replace Doors and Windows

There’s no point renovating the majority of your home’s facade if you still have the same old tired windows and doors!   If your budget can stretch to it, replacing them with brand new ones can make the world of difference. Just imagine installing brand new cedar windows, or switching boring sliding windows with beautiful double hung windows.  Make your home’s entry a feature with a real statement door – think solid timber, imposing steel, a bright colour, in fact whatever you like!

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