Ways to improve your home’s exterior

If you’re looking forward to doing up your house or renovating one, it doesn’t matter what budget you have, there are plenty of ways to achieve a great looking exterior. Changes to a property’s exterior can have a big impact on resale value, so any changes should be made carefully. From purely cosmetic adjustments to major architectural changes, here are some upgrading ideas:

  1. Change the property’s proportions

If you really want to make an impact, changing the property’s proportions is the way to go. This can be done by building upwards or outwards to achieve better balance, improved symmetry or to rectify past work that doesn’t look right. You’ll probably need planning permission if you’re looking to add another floor or replacing a flat roof, for example. If in doubt, always check with your local authority. Listed buildings will require special permission.

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  1. Roof replacement

The roof can be a significantly dominant feature, especially on a bungalow, so changing the shape or covering can completely transform the appearance of a property. You don’t usually require planning permission, but you should include roof insulation to adhere to building regulations. Consider increasing insulation and adding in roof lights for converted loft rooms.

  1. Adding a porch or carport

Looking for somewhere to store coats and shoes to free up living space? A porch is the perfect option and adds a classy touch to the exterior of a property. A porch or carport, for example, can provide heaps of character to an otherwise plain frontage. This is also a great idea if your front door opens straight into your living room and not a hallway. For a Bespoke Oak Carport, visit http://www.bespoaktimberframes.co.uk

Think about the design and how this can blend in seamlessly with the period and architecture of your property. It should also be in proportion to the rest of the building. Also, bear in mind that adding an enclosed porch will have an impact on light levels that come through your front door. A well thought out design will improve the amount of daylight entering your property.

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  1. Replacing windows

Windows are the eyes to the soul of your home and changing or upgrading them can completely alter the personality of your home. If it’s done with careful consideration of the overall style and period of the property, it’s a great investment.

You generally don’t require planning permission to fit new windows, change their shape or size. A listed or period property, however, will require permission as it’s important that the authentic, original style is protected.