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Help! Our 1980s home needs a facelift

6 years ago
last modified: 5 years ago

Hi all, certainly would appreciate some constructive suggestions on creating a more modern looking facade for our 36 year old home on a reasonably tight $20,000 - $25,000 AUD budget, which will also include a simple low maintenance garden.

Our yellow brick home with dark chocolate roof tiles has been well maintained but is definitely in serious need of some kerb appeal. As shown in the photos, the garage is at the rear and attached to the home by a gate leading into the backyard. The interior of the home was renovated about 15 years ago, and is still very much in vogue with the finishes of today's new homes, except that we'll soon be replacing our dated vertical blinds with dual roller blinds.

Sadly the exterior of the home lacks design appeal, and since we are planning to sell in favour of downsizing, our mission is to hopefully add some character with a bit of WOW factor thrown in. Therefore, we are considering some of the following options:

  • Replacing the porch tiles, or perhaps over-laying them with timber decking.
  • Transforming those horrid 'roman' columns, and squaring off the arched support beam.
  • Removing the security screen to achieve front door appeal.
  • Removing the mission brown window sill tiles and replacing with a rendered finish to match the bricks.
  • Render part or all of front of home? How should this be undertaken if we decide to do only a partial render...or should we perhaps be introducing more warmth with timber??
  • New Porch and garden Lights.
  • Dark tinting the front windows for privacy and Summer heat reduction.
  • Replacing the driveway gates perhaps with twin electric gates.
  • A garden feature - the WOW factor...??

So, as you can see, we have some ideas on what we'd like to do to achieve a more desirable result, but absolutely no idea regarding colours that will work well with those bold yellow bricks!

Thanks in advance for reading, your ideas, both design and colour related, would be most gratefully appreciated, thanks. :)

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