Street appealAs important as it is to ensure that you love the look of a facade, you also want to choose a design that will complement your location. When selecting a facade, it's worth researching the look and feel of your neighbourhood. You don't even have to leave the comfort of your couch – use Google Maps to tour your new street.
Although it's great to choose a design that's in style, you want to be smart about your decision, especially when it comes time to sell your home. Metricon Design Director, Adrian Popple, says, "Over the last couple of years, we're seeing customers pay particular attention to how their home presents from the street."
A modern home needs a modern exterior. Whether you achieve that through a flat roof, a uniquely landscaped front yard, materials and cladding, or a Hamptons style home is up to you.
ColoursMetricon gives you the option to alter the colour of the paint and tiles used on your new home. Facade colour is a great option to add your unique sense of style and personalisation.
However, we do recommend you stick to classic facade colours – something that will stand the test of time – both in terms of style and home maintenance. "Anything too out-there will date," Adrian advises, "and you might have to repaint the exterior before you sell, which is costly. Similarly, while we use the best quality paints available, some colours will appear to wear more than others and require more maintenance."
A simple way to add your flair to the house facade is to introduce pops of colour. Painting the front door allows you to flaunt your favourite colours and ensure you're not up for a considerable task when you eventually move on!
MaterialsIf maintenance is not your thing, your choice of materials is crucial. You don't want to be out every weekend looking after your home's facade! While you may want to achieve a specific look, it's essential to consider the longevity of your build materials and the time you must spend maintaining the look. After all, street appeal is vital - you want your home to be looking fabulous all the time, even if you're not continually cleaning.
For example, cladding is an excellent alternative for those looking to build with timber, especially for the very reason that it requires little to no maintenance – at least not for a long time.
"Facade materials have evolved greatly over the past ten years. Previously, complete brick homes were common. Today, with the emergence of new-age cladding materials, facades of homes are being enhanced by the use of different materials," says Adrian.