When it comes to beautifying our homes, most of us spend a good portion of our time and money making the inside as beautiful and as fitting to our tastes as we can. Fitting fancy new Scandinavian kitchens, even when the old one still had plenty of life left in it, decorating the walls with prints and paintings and cramming it with bits of furniture we simply ‘had to have’.
When it comes to the outside however, we tend to ignore our properties a bit. After all, we don’t actually spend that much time looking at the outside of our own homes. That’s for everyone else to do, right?
Well, you can take that attitude, but think about it those remote, quaint cottages you see when walking through the countryside, those grand Georgian town houses you see in the fancy part of town, and those gloriously ambitious properties being put together on Grand Designs. It's not the kitchen or the dining room you instantly fall in, you dream about living their because of that external wow-factor.
Wouldn’t it be great if you felt the same way about your own home? Whether you’re trying to sell your home and want to boost its kerb-appeal or you simply want to beautify it for your own enjoyment. Here’s 5 simple ways to enhance your properties external beauty.
Rendering / Cladding
Perhaps the most obvious way to boost your home’s exterior appeal is to give it some new rendering or cladding. Many homes, particularly post-war built, feature pebbledash or fake stone cladding that is not to a lot of peoples contemporary tastes. This can be a large project, but it does make a huge difference, in some cases making the home completely unrecognisable.
There’s a huge range of options whether you bring back the original brickwork, render over or go for super-modern timber cladding as in the picture above.
Many cities illuminate their landmarks to create stunning night skylines. Now, we’re not for one moment you light your home up like the Eiffel Tower (unless you really want to distress the neighbours). However, adding sconce lighting either side of the front door or an overhead caged lamp are great ways to welcome yourself home in the dark each evening. Other options can be underfoot lighting along your path to guide you in.
Landscape the front garden
The British are considered by many to be a nation of gardeners. Spending much effort and time working in the garden year-round to get it ready for the warmer months. We tend to focus on the more private back garden and neglect the front. In many houses it’s simply a small patch of lawn, with perhaps a seldom used bench next to the drive.
Show the front garden a touch of love and see how it improves the appearance and character of your entire home.
The front door
The front door is the portal to your home, and is an important characteristic of the entire building. Think about the significance of the simple black door of 10 Downing Street. Not only that psychologically your front door probably harbours feelings of positivity, it’s the object that instantly provides you with shelter from the rain and cold when you’re carting your shopping back on a freezing Saturday afternoon.
Showing the front door then some attention is a great way to boost kerb-appeal. A lick of paint can make all the difference, but investing in a new knocker and letterbox will also improve its looks.
Lastly consider your home’s windows. Whether you have Victorian bay windows, sash or modern uPVC varieties keeping them clean will vastly improve the appearance of your home. If you’re considering upgrading your windows to a more energy effecient type but don’t like the aesthetics of the white uPVC frames that are most popular in the UK remember there are other options.
Wood and metal frames can be purchased and are available in a huge varieties of styles and colours. It is also possible to purchase UPVC frames with a coloured effect from some manufacturers.