Operation Kerb Appeal: How To Transform Your Home’s Exterior
It’s a trap lots of us fall into when we renovate an older house; pouring all our energy into the interior design and forgetting about the importance of kerb appeal.
It’s a mistake I’ve made on all three of our big home renovations. You’d think I’d have learned by now wouldn’t you!? The result is that again we have a beautiful home on the inside, everything well thought-out and considered, but pulling up outside it after a day at work is a bit depressing. It’s not that the house isn’t a candidate for George Clarke’s ‘Ugly House to Lovely House’… it’s actually a solid looking 50’s home which you can tell has ‘good bones’. It just looks slightly dated and neglected, especially compared to the clean, high-spec finish of the inside. So yes, I might be tackling it the wrong way around again, but after a lot of saving and a bit of savvy purchasing, 2022 is the year we’ll finally give our forever home some kerb appeal. With an investment in some render, quality outdoor tiles and some snazzy lighting, we’ll soon bring it up to scratch.
First job on the list for the tradesmen (aka my long-suffering husband and sons) is to replace cracked guttering and ripped felt on the two flat roofs that frame our front door. I’ve been trawling the internet to find a reputable skip hire company because I know that we are going to need at least two over the next couple of months. Small skips are suprisingly budget friendly and I think that’s all we’ll need for part one of Operation Kerb Appeal! We had considered replacing the flat roofs with sloping tiled ones, but unfortunately the budget is tight so instead we’ll use a charcoal grey felt to match our snazzy new charcoal-tiled roof. This should tie in a colour scheme for the front of the house.
This leads me nicely to job number two. We plan to repaint the cream render, which covers the top two thirds of our house, in a light grey. If it’s all sounding a bit ’50 Shades of Grey’ so far, I can only apologise. It’s unashamedly my favourite base colour for both interiors and exteriors. It’s known for being a calming, grounding hue and can be lifted easily with brighter accent colours. For me, kerb appeal is about being quite classic. Although I admire people who opt for a zesty orange coloured front door, it’s not for me. I think it might induce a migraine!
Our third and final job in Operation Kerb Appeal is the biggest and most expensive. I’m lucky that my husband, although not a tradesman, can pretty much turn his hand to anything. Last summer he had a trial run laying the patio in the back garden and id such a good job that he’s decided to take on the challenge of laying us a new driveway. He’s been diligently researching different types of concrete to find out which will be the most robust. Until recently I genuinely had no idea there were so many different varieties of or how vital it was to get the right concrete for your project. We’re wanting a nice textured effect with rectangular slabs in (you’ve guessed it) varying shades of grey.
I’m so looking forward to coming home to an exterior that lives up to the interior of our house. Since this is our last renovation I want to get it exactly how we want it… the kerb appeal is for us, not for any future buyers!
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