They say you should never judge a book by its cover but when it comes to judging a home, let’s face it – it’s hard not to judge the exterior. The facade of your property is such a defining factor in the overall look and appeal of your home because it’s a visual introduction to your style. Whether your style is modern, art deco, farmhouse or Hamptons, achieving the perfect facade is the ideal way to make a lasting first impression.
The façade of your home is so much more than just the bricks, siding, windows and doors that make up the exterior of your house. The façade is the face of your home – an outward expression of your design taste and style. It’s what welcomes guests as they approach your home and causes passersby to slow down for a closer look. Most importantly, it’s what greets you and your family each day – and nothing feels more satisfying than pulling into the driveway and loving what you see.
But, if your home’s exterior is tired, dated, nondescript or doesn’t reflect your aesthetic, then it might be time to consider a change.
When you first start to renovate the exterior of your home, it can be tempting to try and change absolutely everything. However, that’s the quickest way to blow your budget and overcapitalise on your property. So how do you decide what to tackle and what to let slide?
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Here’s a plan to help you choose
Identify the major issues.
The first thing you need to do is take a good look at the facade and identify exactly which things contribute to what you don’t like about it. The problems could lie with any number of areas. For example, the roof might need redoing, the colours might be outdated, the front door might need repainting or replacing, the landscaping might need a makeover, or the fence might need painting or replacing.
Whatever the issues are with your house, ask yourself questions like: What can I do here? What can I work with? Can I reuse some of what I already have? How can I introduce new elements that work with the original architectural style while still creating a modern effect?
Aim to create interest through contrast. Ideally, you want to have a variety of colours and textures. Depending on your house, you might decide to add a pop of timber or a combination of light and dark colours.
Your goal is to offset what you already have. If you’ve got brick, you want to introduce something smooth. If you’ve got a smooth exterior, introduce more texture and colour. For example, a house I recently worked on had a rendered exterior with nothing else going on, so it was quite a featureless house. We introduced some timber and cladding detailing together with strategically positioned plants that instantly added depth and interest to the facade.
Aim for modern and crisp
Older-style houses tend to lack the crispness of a modern exterior so look for ways to add elements that provide this. A house facade I redesigned a few weeks back was mainly brick, and I wanted to add a crisp, modern element for the entrance point. This has given a beautifully sharp and up-to-date look without needing to render the entire house.
Create a focal point
To truly make your facade pop, you need to create a clear and strong focal point. Usually, this is the front door and entrance. Work out what you can change to draw attention to that area. It might be that you add a new entrance or small fly-over roof, feature wall or landing, or even some solid-looking landscaping to draw attention to the entryway.
One major change + small tweaks = staying within your budget.
Decide on the major thing you need to change and budget for this, then make minor tweaks to the rest of the exterior. It might be that you need to be practical and add a carport or render or repaint the house and so this becomes your major outlay. With that in mind, work out the minor things you can do over and above this to add a bit of wow factor.
Easy ways to update your house facade
Clean your house facade
Sometimes, all your house needs is a good bath! You could get out there with a broom and a pail of water, but an easier way to clean your house facade is to hire a pressure cleaning expert and let them do the job for you.
A professional cleaner knows how to remove dirt and rejuvenate your house facade without damaging the exterior walls or roof, making this a safer option than taking a DIY approach and usually affordable too.
Update your entry door
If your exterior walls are clean enough, but something’s missing, and your house looks ordinary from the street, one of the biggest single ways to update your house facade is to add a new front door.
If you have a standard width door, this can look out of proportion to the rest of the house, and bland colours won’t make much of an impression from the street. A timber door can look striking against the brickwork, or you can choose an entry door in bold colours to make a statement with your exterior house updates.
Replace your garage door
If your garage faces the road, your garage door is going to have a big visual impact. A new garage door can be a major update to the facade of a house.
Choose a high-quality garage door in colour and material that highlights the good points of your facade. You can take it one step further and tie it in with your entry door and other elements of your facade for a harmonious finish.
Paint your house facade
Whether your house facade looks dull or you want a new look, a new coat of paint can be a powerful update to the outside of a house.
An exterior painting professional can advise you on the best colours to choose, considering ease of maintenance and the mood and effect you want to achieve – a bold statement, a stylish layered look, high contrast or minimalist.
Landscaping can do wonders for your house facade. Well placed plants can give your outdoor area a balanced look, hide unsightly elements and highlight the parts of your facade that you want to be on display.
A garden designer can help you to choose and place plants for the best aesthetic finish. They’ll also know what plants grow best in your area and what to plant in a shady or sunny area.
Hardscaping is a term used by landscapers to define the hard elements of a landscape. In a front yard, a driveway and footpaths are typical elements of hardscaping that interact with the house facade.
Suppose you’re worried that your driveway and footpaths might be detracting from your facade rather than enhancing it. In that case, you could give them a new lease on life through pressure cleaning or by resurfacing the driveway and installing a new footpath.
One of the simplest and cheapest exterior house updates, many homeowners overlook the power of lighting for completing their home makeover.
Without good exterior lighting, all that passersby will see is a rectangular glow coming from behind the living room curtains and a dim porch light, with the rest of the house shrouded in darkness. An outdoor lighting expert can install lighting that flatters your house facade and your landscaping.
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Fencing does more than define your home’s borders. If you don’t have a fence, this could be the missing design element your house needs.
A fence that complements a small house facade can make the home appear larger because it “wraps” the house and garden into a single unit. As when choosing a door, you should choose fence materials and colours that complement or contrast your facade, depending on the effect you want to achieve.
Change The Cladding
Nowadays, homeowners have more choices in exterior cladding options. The two most popular categories are siding products (like vinyl, aluminium, wood, wood fibre and cement fibre) and masonry products (like natural stone, clay or concrete bricks, stucco and any other earth-based materials).
Each type of cladding has its pros and cons, and some products are better suited for certain climates, applications and home styles. But, simply changing the cladding is an economical way to update the façade of a home and provide a fresh new look that is cohesive and impactful.
Add A Second Floor
Adding a second storey addition not only substantially increases the square footage of your home, but it also alters the exterior façade of your house. With this type of addiction, the existing roof of the home is removed and a second floor is constructed over the top to accommodate bedrooms, bathrooms, closets, a staircase and other living spaces. It drastically changes a home’s original construction. It is a great opportunity to redefine the exterior’s overall look with updated windows and cladding, a new roofline, covered porch or other details. Many homeowners will also use this as an opportunity to adopt a completely different architectural style, like Colonial, Craftsman, Tudor or Contemporary, to name a few.
Add A Front Addition
A front addition is an ideal way to increase the useable square footage in a home, while also improving the overall look of the façade. Many homeowners opt for this type of addition to add or extend a porch, create a larger entry or foyer, or build a mudroom.
Even though it’s not as extensive as a full second storey addition, a front addition can dramatically change the look of any home by incorporating an all-new design with updated materials, like new windows and doors, fresh cladding, unique architectural elements, a refreshed roofline and more. It’s an extremely versatile way to enhance the façade of any home – one that can be customised to fit various budgets and design tastes.
Add A Garage
If you have the space on your property for an attached garage, it’s a smart way to add more storage and workspace to your property, while also enhancing the exterior look of your home. A garage addition is also one of the more affordable additions, as most builds do not require plumbing, HVAC and extensive interior finishes.
When designing a garage addition, there are a number of factors to consider – mainly the size of the garage, its orientation to the curb (front load versus sideload), its design style, the types of materials used for doors, windows and cladding, how the structure is attached to your home and what type of roofline is used. With some garage additions, there’s even an opportunity to add a second storey up above for additional storage or finished living space, like a master retreat or bonus room.
Can you design the facade of your semi-detached house as you like?
Is it allowed to design the facade of your semi-detached house as you like, without coordination with the neighbour? This question and the corresponding answers are dealt with in this guide.
Because if you buy a semi-detached house and then want to renovate or modernise it, you naturally have your ideas about the facade, roof, windows, doors, colour and overall effect.
Does it have to match the neighbouring half, and what else do you need to consider? In the following, we have compiled all the important information for you.
Design the facade of the semi-detached house as you like
If you buy a semi-detached house or want to modernise the one you already live in, the basic principle is: What is permitted is what is not prohibited. This means that you do not necessarily have to adapt your half of the house to the half of the neighbour or have it adapted.
So if you want to renovate and modernise not only the inside but also the outside, then it is possible. Even with a new facade in a different colour, with new windows, a new roof and so on.
If possible and approved, even extensions, a winter garden or the like are possible. However, as always, there are a few details to consider; unfortunately, there is no complete free ride.
Design statutes of the municipality/city
Above all, historical or sustainability-oriented places, communities and cities often have so-called design statutes. This is intended to ensure that new owners or newly-built landlords do not disturb the general picture with individual buildings.
For example, it will certainly be very difficult to create a modern office building made of glass and concrete in the medieval town centre. So if the semi-detached house is part of the historical or regional design, a complete redesign (of the appearance) may fail because of the design statutes.
Therefore, before taking any measures, please inform yourself of the responsible building authority.
Development plan/building design law
The development plan (also known as the B-plan) is intended to regulate the way in which land is developed. The plan also regulates which areas are to be developed in which way or even left completely free.
Also, the design provisions of the plan of a municipality, town or district can be so extensive that they can replace an independent design statute.
So before designing / redesigning your semi-detached house, ask about both the statutes and the plan. Both are subject to building design law, a part of the building code. The building design law supplements technical regulations (energy regulations, danger prevention, etc.) in an aesthetic sense.
Changes subject to approval
Suppose the renovation or modernisation goes so far that there are major structural changes (replacement and enlargement of windows, alteration of the roof, etc.). In that case, a building permit must be obtained if necessary.
The same applies to the addition of outbuildings, a garage, conservatory or balcony.
This has nothing to do in detail with the status of a semi-detached house but is regulated in the regular building law. In case of doubt, you should draw up a comprehensive conversion and modernisation plan and have it checked by the responsible building authority.
Communication with the neighbours
In addition to all legal and organisational aspects that may promise you complete or conditional freedom of design on the semi-detached house, you should nevertheless seek the conversation with the neighbours.
At least inform them about the planned measures, the future design and modernisation efforts. In this way, you will not only get to know each other, but you can also inform them in advance about upcoming construction work.
Perhaps the neighbour himself plans to carry out work? If so, you could arrange to have individual works (new roof, new facade insulation, painting work, etc.) carried out on the entire house. And in the end, a good relationship with neighbours is desirable.
These points must be observed.
So theoretically, you can design the facade of your semi-detached house as you like, without consulting your neighbours. In some towns, villages and communities, however, there are still some rules and regulations to be observed. Here is a small summary:
- Development plan: The next part of the development plan contains, in addition to other information, specifications on materials and colours that form the appearance of the house (roofing, window frames, fencing, antennas, etc.)
- Design statutes: This set of specifications can be included in the aforementioned plan or appear as individual statutes. Here, the focus is on the external design of the house and property – towards fencing, greening and decoration in the garden.
- General building permits: Of course, in addition to the above-mentioned regulations, the general building regulations must also be observed. If significant changes occur in the course of modernisation, then a building permit may have to be obtained.
- Neighbour: The neighbour does not have to be asked for permission, but to leave him out completely and not inform him can lead to a bad neighbourly relationship. And that is certainly not the point of the matter.
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Modernisation of the facade of a semi-detached house
The modernisation of the semi-detached house also includes its facade. In addition to plaster, paint or open brickwork or a new brickwork look, insulation also and above all plays an important role.
Facade insulation, as part of the modernisation, can lead to the much higher energy efficiency of the building or your half of the house. For this reason, you can also receive subsidies, after appropriate examination and confirmation of the increasing inefficiency.
In addition to subsidies for redesigning the facade of the semi-detached house, there are also low-priced modernisation and construction loans.
If you want a modern colour to update your house facade that also won’t go out of fashion, consider grey. This makes a perfect complement to white architecture features and green landscaping, with the added benefit of being low maintenance compared to white.
To connect with nature and add depth and texture to your home, recycled hardwood or stone veneer cladding can make a modern and timeless house facade.
Your house facade is more than just your exterior walls. It’s a combination of elements that should create a harmonious whole. If one element is missing, it can detract from the appearance of even the most well-designed facade.
When you consider all of these elements, even a modest home can stand out as one of the nicest houses in the neighbourhood. If you need to do more than one or two of the jobs listed above, you can tackle them one at a time, but keep the complete picture in mind as you do. Every step you take will be an improvement, and when you’re done, your facade will be “picture perfect.”
Overall, you need to prioritise what has to be done and work with what you’ve got so you can stick to a budget. The last thing you want to do is run out of money and leave your facade half-done.