Do you have a charmless brick home you want to change the look of? Is render your only option? Here’s some inspiration …
In this post, I answer a recent question from a member of the UA Community:
“We are considering buying a cream brick 1950s house in a Melbourne suburb that suits us. Let’s face it, it’s a charmless square box with no character and not what we envisaged for ourselves. However it is perfectly fine inside, has a lovely north-facing backyard, with floor to ceiling windows in the lounge. My question is: how do we make it look appealing? Is render the answer? What could we do?”
Watch the video for my simple and cost-effective tips.
Here’s some examples of brick home renos where simple changes have transformed their exteriors.
BEFORE: This 1960s brick home had a tiled roof and exposed brickwork inside and out.
AFTER: Brick sills were chopped off, and the home rendered and painted. Timber screens were added to bedroom windows. New landscaping, a new balustrade to the front porch, and new lighting. Cosmetic renovations that make a dramatic change to the look of this home. See more on this project here.
Turramurra 1950s Brick Bungalow Renovation: New pathways and low landscape walls change the entry. This home has been renovated overall, but you can see that even if the home was still brick it would feel very different with this new landscape treatment to its front garden. [SOURCE]
This 1950s home had a transformational renovation inside and out. Here, at the front, a new covered porch and landscaping changes the way the home looks. Brickwork has been painted, and windows changed. [SOURCE]
Here, a slatted screen has been added over part of the entry, concealing the brickwork. Contemporary street numbers are added, and the door is painted black. [SOURCE]
Render (which could equally be bagging or paintwork), render to the garden walls, new (more sculptural) planting, removal of the balustrade, and a new screen … simple fixes to totally transform the look of this home. [SOURCE]
BEFORE: Mottled brickwork, ornate balustrades and screens, and narrow shutters, all gave this home a particular look and style. [SOURCE]
AFTER: A coat of paint, removal of the shutters, new front doors and light fittings, balustrade removed, and access to the entry porch via new set of stairs … what a difference! [SOURCE]
This is an American Ranch style home – but you can see how the addition of a new roof over the entry porch can transform the aesthetic of the home. That roof could be shaped, designed and detailed in lots of different ways to put your style stamp on your home. Paint and landscaping change the look too. [SOURCE]
Over to you …
Do you have a brick home that looks dated and not your style? Inspired by any of these quick and cosmetic fixes? I’d love to hear your comments – post below.
Other blogs you may find useful …
My favourite reno was the transformation of a 1967 brick Brisbane home. Here’s the 6 lessons it taught me.
Will you paint your brickwork? Here’s how to choose external colours for your home.
And whatever you do, don’t change colours on an external corner! Why not? Here’s why …