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Modernising a brick home - no rendering required

Jane Eyles-Bennett - Thursday, June 22, 2017

Do you have a brick home that’s in need of a bit of a facelift? Perhaps the colour or style of brick is starting to look a bit dated and in need of modernising. Most homeowners assume the only way to update a brick home is by rendering it, but there are other ways.

A good start is to paint the trims, fascias, gables and bargeboards. Your colour choices here depend upon the colour of the bricks, but aim to contrast and accent rather than blend; blending results in a 'blocky' feel to the house, making it one big, dark blob without any contrasting features.

If you have dark coloured bricks, aim to accent and brighten by painting the trims in a lighter colour such as a fashionable beige or light grey to. Avoid white window trims as many older brick houses have this and it can look dated. If you've got light to mid-coloured bricks, use a darker colour such as charcoal, grey or black.

First impressions count, so pay attention to your entrance door, especially if it's at the front of the house. You could install a modern timber door or paint the current door the same colour as the trims. Alternatively, create a focal point by painting it in a contrasting colour.

Brick is a visually heavy material. (If you don't understand this concept, compare the look of a timber house to a brick house - you'll find the timber house looks visually lighter than the brick.) Because of this, you need to anchor the brick visually, and one way to do this is through smart landscaping.

While I don't recommend using flowers as part of your landscaping plan, I do recommend a mix of colour. If your house is a dark brown brick, use predominately mid to light coloured plants so they stand out against the brick. If you’ve got a lighter brick, use darker shades of plants.

Landscaping does not have to be symmetrical, but it does need to balance the house in other ways. You could try using visually heavy plants at the base of the house or either side of the entryway to anchor the house. However, often the location of the plants is less important than the density of them; don't choose plants that are light and spindly like roses, and steer away from spiky plants. Instead, choose something with a bigger, thicker leaf and use a combination of plants of different species; it will soften the entire appearance and make it more appealing.

Take a look at your fences, awnings, portico and porch to see if there is anything you can do here to further modernise and soften the exterior. If you have a fence with palings, consider painting the palings the same colour as the house trims so there is a sense of cohesion. If you don’t have a fence, consider erecting one along the front boundary line to break up the blocky look of the front of the house.

The aim is not to cover but to contrast the harshness, density and fullness of brick with lighter, visually softer materials.
Window dressings on the interior of the house can also have an impact on the exterior. If you've got curtains on the front windows, it can present as a big, white block from the street so go for something more linear such as timber blinds, white wooden blinds or a combination of blinds and curtains.


So, there are a few ideas to get you started. If you want an in-depth plan or some further information, give me a call (1300 908 890) or email me ( I’d be happy to help.


Renovating your Home or Investment Property?

Home renovations are on the up and up - thanks to all the TV shows and other media outlets such as magazines and the internet.  But is it all that it's cracked up to be? TV makes it look so easy (renovate a kitchen in 2 days, transform your garden in 24 hours - we wish it was that simple!).

If your home or investment property is on the wrong side of 15-20 (years old) then you have a great opportunity to update and modernise it. But without experience on your side, things can (and often do) go really wrong - going over budget, not ending up with the style or look you'd imagined, problems with trades-people, time-frames blowing out - and the list goes on.

Hotspace can help

Hotspace offers one-on-one Exterior and Interior design advice to home owners and property investors.

Property Investors; Our sole aim when working with property investors is to show you how to add as much value as possible - while spending considerably less than it appears when the renovation is completed (ie: spend $1 to add $3-$4 of perceived value). As Interior Designers, we love colour. But colours are only a tiny portion of the information you need to successfully renovate for profit.

Home owners; If your home is old and tired and in need of some renovation love, then we'll show you how to create beautiful and comfortable spaces. We've worked with over 500 property owners on all sorts of properties, so we've (almost) seen it all! We'll help you re-design your biggest asset - often for less $$ than you might think. And as award winning interior designers, you couldn't be in better hands.

The key to renovating your home or investment property without breaking the bank

Whether a full overhaul or a quick facelift, Hotspace will guide you towards your ideal renovation, including;

A second opinion on your plans and ideas - You'll no doubt have some of your own ideas, so we'll steer you in the right direction; confirming your best ideas, introducing new ideas and eliminating the rest.

New ideas and recommendations - We'll introduce you to new renovation ideas to really maximize the result you're able to achieve - ensuring you tastefully revamp your home in ways far beyond what you would have considered yourself. Exterior and Interior Design is our forte!

Spend less on your renovation - If you're afraid of your renovation spiraling out of control, sticking to a reasonable budget just became a reality (yes it is possible!). We'll give you specific guidance on how much or little of your property to renovate given your budgetary expectations. Some of our packages even include budget breakdowns for your entire reno.

Increase the equity in your home or investment property - You can add value and increase the equity in your home or investment property by spending less on your renovation than the value it adds. We'll show you how.

Money back guarantee - Investors; double your renovation investment or we'll refund our fee in full - No questions asked. Note: Our clients typically triple their renovation 'spend' investment so this guarantee is a no-brainer for us!

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Two-storey home renovations

Jane Eyles-Bennett - Monday, February 05, 2018

Renovating the facade of a two-storey home is entirely different to renovating the facade of a one-storey home. Use these top tips to make sure your two-storey home reno looks the best it possibly can…

Create a visual anchor
If you were to stand on the road and look along the driveway towards your house, you should be able to get an idea of how your property presents, and how much ‘visual anchoring’ it needs. To visually anchor a property is to give it a sense that the house is anchored in place. It is quite a subtle thing but when done well, it makes an enormous difference to the overall aesthetic of the entire property.
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