These past two years have had us staring at our walls…literally. The Covid-19 pandemic and it’s lockdowns have given home owners the opportunity to really take notice of their home’s appearance, inspiring some to give their humble abode a new paint job and others to wallow in self-pity. Whether you decide to renovate your entire home or add a pot plant and a new welcome mat to your front veranda this article will show you how to express that TLC. Giving your homes façade a facelift can be challenging. Taking into consideration your home’s design and era that it was built in and complementing this design with a garden and certain colours not to mention structural issues such as cracking wall or a leaky roof, may make you want to snuggle back into that blanket burrito you just came out of. But don’t worry, we are here to help. In this blog we will take the stress out of giving your home a metaphorical summer body.
Identify the Major Issues – Structural or Otherwise
Like most things in life, it’s always important to take a step back and think (ahhhh heinsight). The first thing you, and unless given complete creative control, and any other bods living in your house should do is to take a step outside and look at your home. Take into consideration any major issues, things you don’t like about your home or any other things that have started to or will create issues in the future such as a very old roof. When looking at your home it is important to ask yourself the following questions;
After taking all these factors into consideration, asking yourself the questions listen above and possible consulting your bank account and of course, assuming you are not in need of some civil or structural engineering or waterproofing (you know where to find us if you do ;-)), proceed to step 2 – creating some contrast.
Creating Some Contrast
Now I’m not one to give unsolicited advice (that’s a lie) but take it from me: interest is created through contrast. Of course the type of contrast seen throughout your façade will vary according to your home’s architectural style and era it was constructed in but, generally speaking, it is a good idea to have a variety of colours and textures. What your aim should be…and yes, we’ve never met but I’m telling you what your goals are…is to offset and counterbalance the features that you already have.
Consider Aiming for a Modern and Crisp Look
Don’t get me wrong, older homes are gorgeous and glamorous but if you are going for a sharp or contemporary look they are not the way to go. A popular method of giving your home a contemporary and crisp look is to combine its old world, architectural charm with a new paint job and larger windows. Some other way you can modernize your humble abode include;
Focal Point Creation
Your façade needs something that will make it shine out from the rest on your street. That’s why it is important to figure out what you are wanting to draw attention to. It is important to put yourself in the position of a passer-by. A prime example of creating a focal point to your façade would be those homes that you might see that are charcoal or are a dark colour but have a red door (is it just me, or am I noticing a theme here?). Your eye is automatically drawn to the door. Do you want your door to be the focal point? Do you want your focal point to be a large fountain? Regardless of what you choose to be your focal point should draw attention to that area of your façade.
Sticking to your Budget
Now I know you’re getting all excited but don’t just rush in. It is important to maintain your cool and keep your pockets in mind before breathing new life into your façade. To stick to your budget it is best if you decide on the one major thing you would like to change about your homes façade and make minor changes to the rest of the façade. When making this major change it is also best to consider what is most practical as although we all love to live in beautiful homes, what is truly the point of living in a gorgeous abode if it’s impracticalities make you dread coming home every night? This major change can be the construction of a car port or brand new paint job, it is completely up to you and what you need to make your life a little easier. Some major exterior façade changes you can consider;
Regardless if you decide to change the colour of your door or restructure your entire home’s exterior it is always important to make changes according to what suits you and your household. It is also important to make sure that your home is structurally sound and does not contain design faults that could potentially lead to larger more serious issues down the track. Just know that we are a short phone call away on 02 95180775 or send us an email at email@example.com