Transform the front of your home – our top tips

Would you like to improve the front of your property?  Are you thinking of developing the front of your home?  Would you like to know how you can transform the front of your house?

Transforming the front of your property is a fantastic way to not only improve the look and kerb appeal of your home, but also increase its ‘saleability’.

A home that looks uncared for from the front is also likely to be uncared for inside too, or at least that is what people will think.

Here are some ideas to give the front of your home the face-lift it needs: –

  • New cladding or render

Why not consider a different cladding for all or part of your property?  It can look so much better than a simple re-paint, and adds more character and interest.  There are so many different types of cladding available, all at varying prices.  Timber cladding can look great on the right property and is treated in a fire-retardant coating.  Brick slips are another simple way of improving the fascia of your home; they look like bricks but are only 2cm thick.  Stone tiles can look brilliant and there are many colours and finishes, or why not try metal, such as steel for a contemporary feel.  Some properties may need special planning permission for cladding, so check with your local authority first.

  • Update your tired roof

Whether you simply have your current roof pressure-washed to get rid of old moss and dirt, or do a full roof renovation, a neat and tidy roof can do wonders for the look of your home.  Bungalows in particular, benefit from a good roof as it is visible from ground level so everyone can see it.  There are lots of different materials on offer, from expensive slate to concrete tiles.

  • Newly fitted windows

Why not completely change your windows to give your home a whole new look?  You could even alter the size of smaller windows to improve the look from the outside as well as gaining more natural light on the inside.  Check your local authority ‘Development Plan’ before you make any changes to see if you need special planning permission first.  New, contemporary windows or glazed doors can give your property a whole new look, or change UPVC windows in a new property to wooden sash windows.  This will add character to an otherwise ‘uniform’ property.

  • A new front door

What looks better than a new front door?  It lifts the whole look of the house instantly.  If you can’t afford to replace the front door, re-vamp your current one; there are plenty of special paints available from DIY stores, and new door handles and knockers will do wonders too.  We recommend that you keep the front door in-keeping with the style and age of the property.

  • Add a small extension, porch or bay window

Smaller extensions or porches can completely change the look of the front of your home by adding character and interest. Something as simple as a porch can also provide extra storage for coats and shoes, and is well worth considering if you live in a property that enters straight into a living room or kitchen.  Again, make sure you check with your local authority before you make any changes.  www.citizensinformation.ie is a useful website for advice on development.

  • Convert your integrated garage into living accommodation

Changing a garage into an extra reception room, or bedroom can improve the look from the front, particularly if the garage door is replaced with glazed doors or a large window.  We would recommend using an architect for advice on visually integrating the look of the conversion with the rest of the house.

  • A professionally landscaped front garden

Hiring a professional landscape gardener is the best option as they will design your front garden to maximise kerb appeal and improve the look of your home.  A neat, tidy and well looked-after front garden suggests a neat and tidy home.  Great for if you ever decide to sell too!

We hope this has given you some great ideas or inspiration to give the front of your home the love it deserves.

Have you recently developed the front of your property?  What did you do? Was it worth it?  Has it increased the value of your home?  Has it helped you sell your home?  We would love to hear your ideas and opinions on this topic.

Send us an email at info@haines.ie  or give us a call on +353 1 2845677

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