Exterior Of A House

Can you change the exterior of a house?

Changing your home’s exterior can involve anything from budget-friendly cosmetic improvements to pricey structural remodels. Stand in front of your house and take a good look at it, jotting down specific items you’d like to change. Consider homeowner’s association regulations, the architectural style of your home and the colours of neighbouring houses when developing ideas to revamp your home’s exterior. Also, set a budget that you can live with, prioritise your “wish list” of changes and decide whether you’ll hire out the work or embark on it yourself.

Whether you have a cottage that needs a little TLC or a nondescript colonial you’d love to inject with a bit more personality, deciding on changes to the exterior can be tricky. It’s important not to force a completely unrelated style on your home, but the right exterior enhancements can significantly improve your home’s curb appeal.

Changing your home’s exterior – even on a low budget – can improve its looks as well as its value. From the tired post-war, red-brick properties with their PVCu fascias and single-glazed units to the pastiche developer homes of the noughties, and even period buildings which have been unsympathetically extended – much of the housing stock is ripe for an update.

As far as projects go, external makeovers are perhaps the least disruptive, and you can generally carry on with life as normal for the most part.

Here are some ideas for what you can do to give your home’s exterior a new lease of life.

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How to Change the Exterior of a House

Exterior Of A House

Cleaning and Maintenance

Change the exterior of your home by giving it a thorough cleaning to create a fresh look. Rent or purchase a power washer to help remove dirt, grime and cobwebs from your home’s exterior walls, windows, porches, decks and other exterior spaces. Clean out leaves and debris from gutters to help keep them working properly. Declutter patios, decks and front porches by storing toys, grilling utensils, gardening tools and other items in outdoor storage containers. Paint old or rusted outdoor furniture, stabilise wobbly porch rails, fill in exterior wood or cement cracks and repair or replace old or broken items — such as lampposts, crumbling steps, damaged siding.

Paint and Shutters

Applying a new coat of paint to your home’s exterior walls can give it a fresh new look. For a dramatic change, select a dark colour for existing light-coloured walls and a light colour for dark-coloured exteriors. Also, choose a trim colour that provides a stark contrast against the walls to supply an additional decorating punch. White trim provides a clean, contrasting accent to almost any wall colour. Install exterior shutters alongside the windows to provide a decorative touch that can increase your home’s curb appeal. Shutters come in assorted colours and styles — louvred, panelled, framed, combination — to complement your home’s architectural style.

Entryway

Sprucing up your exterior entryway can provide a dramatic change in a home’s appearance for little money. Paint the front door in a colour that provides a pleasant contrast with your wall colour. Black or white doors work well with almost any colour scheme, while red has endured as a traditional favourite, signifying a warm welcome. Expand the visual appearance of your front door by installing decorative glass transoms on both sides of the door, as well as above it. A new doorbell, bold house numbers, doormat, potted flowering plants and light fixtures can help to refresh and brighten a tired entryway.

Other Ideas

The addition of faux stone or brick to your home’s exterior pillars, front porch or columns provides visual interest and texture. Install window boxes under front windows and fill them with greenery and flowering plants to add a burst of lively colour. Replacing an old, faded roof can take years off your home’s appearance, but you can expect to pay a hefty price tag. Consider painting a roof that’s in good condition to refresh its look without the expense of installing a new one—exchange existing garage doors for decorative replacements to complement your home’s architectural style.

How Much Does A Home Exterior Makeover Cost?

Average Cost for Exterior Painting

The national average cost of an exterior home painting project is $2,802. Several factors play a role in the cost of a paint project. The paint quality and home size can cause the project to increase. If your home has several windows and doors with trim that needs to be painted, this could also make the project more expensive.

Even if you’re on a tight budget, it is worth it to hire a contractor to paint your home’s exterior. From a safety standpoint and a quality standpoint, professionals will get the job done with ease. Besides, bright sunlight typically isn’t forgiving on uneven paint lines. However, if you’re feeling brave and want to take the project on yourself, make sure to cover your shrubs and grass with tarps and ask someone to spot you when you paint the higher sections. It is also best to paint from top to bottom, so the paint doesn’t drip on areas that are already complete.

Average Cost for Home Landscaping

On average, Americans spend $3,240 on landscaping during an exterior home makeover renovation. While this does make up the majority of a home exterior makeover cost, it is well worth the investment. A home should blend seamlessly with the yard around it, and adding plants can achieve this look.

If you’re planning on selling your home one day, adding shrubs, small trees, and bright flowers will attract potential buyers. Don’t wait until you decide to sell your home to invest in quality landscaping. The more time the plants have to grow, the better they will look when it comes time to put your home on the market.

While you can certainly grow many of your plants, partner with a professional landscaper for the difficult projects and don’t forget to do your research, choose plants that are native to your home’s location. For example, certain shrubs might not be able to last during harsh midwest winters, but the same ones might fare well in sunny Florida. You should also contact your state’s underground damage prevention organisation. They will send contractors to mark sections of your yard that aren’t safe to dig.

Average Cost for Trim On Exterior Doors and Windows

When budgeting for your home exterior makeover cost, you can expect to spend about $235 on doors and windows. It is amazing how a fresh coat of paint on a door and clean, new trim on your windows can affect the look of a home. Window panes can also dramatically change your home’s appearance. If you want to give your home a midcentury modern look, swap out your vertical window panes for wider, horizontal window panes. Or, ditch window panes altogether and go for spacious windows (especially if your home has a beautiful view). On the contrary, vertical window panes are perfect for traditional, French country, and farmhouse homes.

Average Cost for Front Porch Railing

Replacing porch railing costs about $600. The standard porch railing is typically pretty boring. Most railings have straight wood planks. Why not mix things up and go with railings that have “X” shapes? On the other end, sometimes simple is better. Intricately wrought iron railing can sometimes date a house, and this type of railing doesn’t go well with every house style.

Another option for updating your railing without installing a new set is to stain the wood a darker colour or paint it. Consider matching the railing colour to your shutters to create a cohesive look.

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Average Cost for Exterior Home Decorations

Decorations can bring new life to your curb appeal. Of course, there are many different types of exterior decorations you can choose from. Americans usually spend $300 on porch furniture, $300 on lighting, and $200 miscellaneous additions, like throw pillows and flower pots.

When planning your home’s redesign project, think about how you want to use your front yard and back yard. Do you imagine having outdoor dinners with your loved ones? Invest in a fire pit, picnic bench, and cozy string lights. Do you want to have your morning coffee on the porch where you can greet the neighbourhood good morning? Purchase comfortable porch chairs with cushions and throw pillows.

Even if you aren’t planning on staying in your home long, decorations will help potential buyers envision what the home could look like once they add their personal touches. Besides, outdoor lights like lamp posts and porch lights will give your home a safe look, just in case interested buyers drive by at night to check out the neighbourhood.

Ways To Bring Charm To Your Home’s Exterior

Add a covered entrance. 

A bit of cover overhead is welcome when you’re trying to get in the door in a rainstorm, but even more important for our purposes, a covered entrance can do wonders for a home’s curb appeal.

A small entrance topped with a pediment works well with colonial-style homes and is enough to add definition to the entrance. Covered porches are a natural fit for cottages and Craftsman homes — if you have the room and the means, consider adding a larger porch that fits with the style of your home.

Hang a lantern. 

Bring depth and definition to a flat facade with the right light fixture. A traditional gas lantern like the one shown here (also available in an electric version) looks right at home on a farmhouse (modern or not), colonial or another traditional-style home. Try nautical-style lanterns on a cottage or Cape Cod–style home.

Change the door. 

A door of a different style can make a big impact. Consider choosing a new door that incorporates panes of glass, like the one shown here or in the previous photo — the glass lightens up a heavy facade. Search for a door that matches the architectural style of your home but has more detail, a more solid construction or lets in more light than your current door.

Hang window boxes with a seamless look.

We all know that window boxes are charming. Instead of tacking on any old window boxes, take the time to find some that are well suited to the style of your home, and paint or finish them to match. The extra effort will be well worth it because when window boxes look seamless, they act as an architectural feature — without costing as much as a renovation.

Add a gate. 

A low masonry or wood fence paired with a wood or metal gate can add presence to your home’s exterior. When accompanied by landscaping in front of and beyond the gate, it draws the eye in, making even a small front yard feel deeper.

Plant an arbour. 

An arbour over the gate is utterly charming, especially when planted with climbing roses or another fragrant plant—Nestle landscape lighting into the plantings around the arbour for a magical effect at night.

Redo the driveway. 

The driveway is a piece of the exterior puzzle that you may not notice — if it’s in great shape. But if your driveway has taken a beating or does not match the style of your home, it could be dragging down your home’s curb appeal. Brick, masonry or stained concrete can all make for beautiful, durable driveways.

Dress up the garage doors. 

If your garage doors are easily visible from the street, they should match your home’s architecture as closely as possible. Painting the garage to match the rest of the house and adding lighting in a similar style to that used on the main entrance can make a big difference. For more of an investment, consider replacing the garage doors or adding a pergola over the garage.

Add dormer windows.

It can be quite costly (and disruptive) to add dormers, but if this feature is right for your home, it can boost curb appeal and add natural light to the interior. If you think dormers might be in your home’s future, contact an architect to get the ball rolling.

Choose the right roof.

Like the driveway, the roof is one of those things that, when it looks right, you may not notice at all — but when it’s wrong, it’s wrong. If you’re facing the prospect of putting a new roof on your home, the practice must come first, naturally. But once you narrow your options down to a few good ones in your price range, it can be worth it to consult a designer or colour expert to help pick the material and hue that will work best with the style and colour of your home, as well as the landscape.

Updating the Front Door

There’s a growing trend in making more of the front door and creating a greater sense of arrival.

You’ll often find that older houses will have been subject to a number of extensions over the years and this can shift the balance of the property — the front door might no longer be centred, windows placement might be unsymmetrical, and even the roofline might be jagged.

Adding a bolt-on addition, like a porch, to emphasise the entrance is also a popular way of pin-pointing the front door. Always double-check with your local authority whether your proposed works can be done under permitted development or whether you need planning permission.

Adding External Insulation

If you’re planning to reclad your house, then this can be an ideal opportunity to add insulation. 

Suppose you do intend to add external insulation. In that case, the task will need proper planning, and you will need to ensure the appropriate membranes, vapour barriers and ventilation gaps are factored in to prevent condensation.

Adding external insulation can change where the dew point (where moisture condenses) occurs. Every cladding system will be different, and so you’ll need to engage with your supplier who’ll advise on the appropriate steps to take.

Replacing Old Windows

For many, if you intend to give your exterior a facelift, the chances are you’ll be looking to replace the windows too — either on a like-for-like basis if you’re after a period-style look, or perhaps you’re trading in single-glazed or PVCu windows for contemporary powder-coated aluminium frames.

If you’re replacing windows, you can typically expect three windows to be fitted per day.

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Updating Old Rainwater Goods

Another element you may look to update during an external makeover is old rainwater goods. The material you opt for will not only have an impact on aesthetics but lifespan, as Martin Bell from Transform Architects explains:

“Cast iron has an average lifespan of 50 years, PVCu 30 years, aluminium 40 years, zinc 50 years, and timber, depending on the species, will last on average for 40 years providing the timber has been maintained correctly.

“PVCu is, of course, the most cost-effective option, although it has a limited colour palette, while the more expensive options are aluminium, steel or zinc, but will give a much nicer finish to the house. Modern makeovers, as well as heritage dwellings, tend to go for these choices unless replacing like for like or if budget is an issue.”

With all the time and money that goes into a curb appeal revamp, you might be wondering if it is worth the trouble. After all, it would be a lot easier to list your home on the market as is or move into a new house that already has a dreamy porch, stunning windows, perfect bushes, and a bright door. However, an exterior makeover costs next to nothing in comparison to the return on investment you’ll see once its time to resell. And the markup on the house with a picture-perfect exterior is high, so it is certainly worth it to take on the project yourself.

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