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3 Exterior Makeover Ideas For Your Home

With more of us deciding against moving house this year, we’ve seen a huge rise in home improvements, renovations and extensions.

Investing in your home’s exterior will improve its kerb appeal and add value.  Even small tweaks on a low budget can pay dividends.  As well as increasing its saleability, a carefully curated exterior makeover will rejuvenate your property, without all the hassle and expense of moving!

Post-war properties in need of a pep, tired period buildings crying out for restoration, and mass development homes looking for a little personalisation, can all benefit from the following three house exterior makeover hacks.

First impressions count

Often neglected, our front doors can sometimes be one of the last things we choose to update.  A dull, faded front door can really devalue the look of your home, but it’s one of the easiest (and cheapest) things to update. Simply applying a lick of paint can uplift your door in a matter of hours and it’s also worth paying attention to the colour you choose.  Country Life magazine has found that estate agents rate blue as the door colour most likely to sell a house!

Without doubt, few home renovations will create the instant and lasting impact offered by a cast stone portico.  Put simply, it really will transform your property overnight.  Practical and stylish, a portico will shield you and your visitors from the elements as well protecting your front door from harmful UV rays.  Chosen by some of the world’s most revered architects and designers, a portico can either be incorporated into a new build design, or easily retro-fitted onto almost any property.  But the benefits don’t stop there…

With Haddonstone, not only can you choose the ideal colour and material to match your property’s stone or brickwork, you can even custom make your very own unique design.  So, whether you prefer octagonal, or rectangular designs, two, four, six or eight columns, or would even like to add a balcony above your porch, you have almost limitless choice!

Installation is usually very straightforward, taking around two days. What’s more, a portico is surprisingly affordable, with prices starting at £3000 on application. A great investment as adding a portico can significantly increase the value of your property.

Not quite right for your home?  Quality cast stone door surrounds are also a great option for creating a grand entrance, and can be retro-fitted onto an existing property, or easily incorporated into a new build design.

Lifestyle influencer Rebecca Doyle of @thehousebuild enhanced the exterior of her 1903 brick and render coach house, by installing a bespoke Haddonstone portico.

Read Rebecca's Guest Blog

Wrap-around wall dressings

Cladding your property, whatever its age and style, is a wise choice if you want to dramatically transform its façade. As well as giving a new lease of life to dated homes, wall dressings like cladding is chosen by architects to help remodel and protect properties. Aluminium, hardwood, vinyl, fibreboard, natural and cast stone cladding are all popular and robust materials.

As well as being a relatively straightforward installation process, exterior cladding offers several benefits:

  • Extending your property? Cladding your existing building with a new extension, in the same material, will help make the whole property look singular
  • Shield and protect – external house cladding will help protect your property’s structural walls from the elements, which can be a great choice for older properties
  • Personalise your property – cladding can help your home to harmonise with the streetscape, or stand out, whichever you prefer.

For a less dramatic, but equally high-end finish, cast stone quoins are a great way to frame a building, adding another layer of detail that contrasts the brickwork.

Frame it

For properties both old and new, improving your windows will increase energy-efficiency and could save you an expensive repair bill in the long-run.  Modern homes are almost always built with double-glazing, but misted-up or cracked panes can be unsightly will quickly devalue your property.  Invest in replacement glazing and expect to pay between £55 – £145 per pane.

High-quality cast stone window cills, keystones and window heads add a decorative edge and can be manufactured to almost any specification.  Typically built into a property as work progresses, our face fixed cast stone components can sometimes be retrofitted to existing brickwork.  Our experienced team can offer a free consultation to discuss your project.

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