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11 May 2018

A Facelift For Your House

It may sound weird, but sometimes our homes need a bit of a facelift. After all, the outside facade is the first thing anybody sees when they visit. What this means is that even if you have the most immaculate and on-trend interior, if the front of your home is shabby (and not in a good way) it can let you down. Luckily, it's pretty easy to give the front of your house facelift, and you don't have to be a qualified surgeon to do it. Keep reading to find out more.

The Front Garden

The front garden is an essential part of making the facade of your home look good, and if it resembles more of a meadow than anything else, it might be time to get the strimmer out. Yes, that is right, weeding and cutting the lawn in the front are both regular essentials. Although if you are looking for lower maintenance options, there are other possibilities that you can pursue.

One is to remove the grass completely and replace it either with slabs, stones, or even fake grass. The advantage of going with fake grass is that you still get the look of a natural garden, but without all the work it takes to keep it in check. No watering or mowing is needed, and you can say goodbye to weeding! However, going for something more modern and cultural with a Zen feel made from rocks, and low maintenance plants such as cacti and succulents can also work very well.

The House Frontage

Whether your home is built of brick, stone, or wood looking after the front wall that faces onto the street is a significant part of ensuring your frontage looks its best. First of all, check to see if any climbing plants are still healthy and in condition. Also, check to see if they are overgrown or becoming too heavy for their support, in which case they need to be trimmed back to give a neater appearance. Trimming them will also stop them doing any damage to the front of your home.

Then focus your attention on the actual walls themselves, are in good repair? Do they need cleaning or painting? Of course, depending on the materials that the walls are made from you have different options available to you here.

For example, if you live in an older stone building, then it may be best to get the facade sandblasted. This is when a high power wash is applied, and it strips a fine layer of stone from the top, leaving a clean, fresh surface underneath.

However, if you have a home that has been rendered or painted, then you may need to repaint the frontage, something that is relatively easy to do. Although as it often includes working at height, some householders do prefer to get a professional in to do this for them.

The Driveway

Next, if you are lucky enough to have a driveway, it also means that you need to take good care of it to make the front of your house look the best it can be.

Driveways can be tricky though, as there are several factors that play into their appearance. For one, the surface of the drive itself needs to be in good condition, as any cracks or potholes will not only damage your car but also look unsightly.

Also, weeds seem to adore sprouting in any cracks in a driveway surface. In fact, because they are so hardy and can push their way up through concrete and asphalt, it's a good idea to use a potent weed killer before you do any repair work.

Of course, these solutions are based on the assumption that you wish to keep the driveway you have, but you may want to try something new instead?

If this is the case, then look carefully at all of your driveway options before you make your choice, and consider not only the aesthetics and cost of the project but also how hardy your choice will be. The reason being that the more water and weather resistant the surface of your driveway is, the longer it will last and the less maintenance it will need. Something that can make keeping it looking its best a lot easier in the long run.

The garage

For many of us, another aspect of the front of our homes is the garage. Unfortunately, because it is regarded as a functional space, the garage is often neglected and overlooked when it comes it it’s appearance. This is a fallacy however because as most garages are street facing they are in fact as important as any other part of the facade of the home.

With this in mind, take a long hard look at your garage and assess whether there are areas that could be improved? The walls may need repainting or cleaning, or perhaps the doors need replacing?

Luckily, if the latter is the case, there are a wealth of designs to choose from such as these sectional garage doors, as well as wooden barn-style doors, and solid doors. Something that means finding a door that matches the look and style of your home is super easy. Replacing your garage door can make a huge difference to the look of your home.

The doors and window

Lastly, it's time to take a look at the doors and windows in the front of the house. These are both features that can contribute significantly to the look of the facade of your home.

For some households, it may be enough to have the windows professionally cleaned inside and out and removed any mould that is starting to form around the frames, and this is often the most cost-effective option. Other homeowners may choose to repaint windows and doors to give their house a more updated feel.

Still, others may decide that nothing short of replacing the front doors and the windows in the front of the house will do. An action that can have a huge impact and make it seem as if the front of your home has received a real facelift and make it look it’s very best.


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