Changing the Way Your House Looks

‘Adding’ width

A narrow house can be made to look wider by painting a wide band in a light colour across the front of the house. A band of decorative moulding may be suitable for this treatment. A sense of height can be suggested by painting vertical features, door architraves and window surrounds in a contrasting colour.

Features, such as porchways, decorative mouldings, and window sills may be painted white or in contrast colours, to break up the wall surfaces and add interest to the facade.


Many modern building developments lack individuality and can be improved with the careful use of decorative external finishes. The house may lend itself to being divided into two distinct sections. The top half may be faced with white plastic or timber cladding.

Plastic cladding can be fixed vertically or horizontally to complement the proportions of the house. It requires no maintenance, other than an occasional wash down. The insulation properties of plastic cladding are good and can be further improved by laying insulant matting behind the fixing battens.

Wood cladding-matching board or shiplap-can be fixed horizontally or vertically. Wood has good insulant properties. Timber, however, requires regular maintenance. New timber needs priming, under-coating and two top coats of a suitable semi- or hard-gloss paint and will need repainting regularly, particularly if the area is white. Coloured finish coats can be used and, perhaps, picked up in window frames, door or garage colour finishes.

Natural wood cladding, such as cedar or pine, can be either treated with a protective wood preservative, which allows the natural colour and grain of the wood to show through, or a clear polyurethane varnish.

Front and side dormer areas might be clad with cedar-to match timbered panels under ground-floor windows and, perhaps, wood-finish garage doors.


Facade areas may be part pebble-dashed or treated with a textured masonry finish. Natural stone can be used to face feature areas-such as a half section of a house, a wall set at an angle to the main house area, or a chimney.

Care must be taken in adding additional decorative features, for unless the existing tile and brick colours are considered, additions may not blend in with the old.

Another way of giving a face lift to an ordinary facade might be to alter doors or windows. Again, in keeping with the character of the house, wooded doors may be replaced with glass, or a complete glass entrance area.

Windows may be enlarged, sills lowered and, possibly, picture windows fitted to replace fussy window frames with thick surrounds. A glass porch, framed in painted or preserved natural wood, may make an attractive feature, also giving an added bonus of extra storage area.

A porch should be an integrated feature of a facade and not resemble a box, stuck on without thought as to the overall effect.

10. November 2011 by admin
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