Planning a mini make-over to the front of your home these holidays? Here are a few ‘quick wins’ to get the ball rolling!

1) You’ve heard it before. This is not rocket science! Start with a pressure wash of your entire house, driveway and paths. Even if you don’t like the outside of your home currently, at least it’ll look fresh and clean. You’ll be surprised at how much better you feel about it!

2) Pick one small area that is the most desperate for a lick of paint. Is it the window sills, the road-facing wall (render, weatherboards etc), the gutters, the front door, garage door, front fence or maybe just the mailbox? Check the Handyman Magazine YouTube channel for tips or talk to your local paint shop to find out how to paint what. Remember the prep is key, so don’t skip it! TIP: If bigger changes are on the cards, it’s a good idea to work out your overall colours and materials before you start!

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3) Paint your driveway. This will depend on the type of driveway you have, including the slope. Choose a neutral colour that links back to your house colour in some way (usually a mid-grey of some kind). Here is an article to help determine the suitability of painting a sloped driveway

4) Trim your trees, mow your yard, remove weeds and dying plants, then add mulch or dark brown (please, not red!) bark to finish! This is one of the easiest way to refresh your front yard and begin to transform your home.

The key with all of this is to start with a big-picture plan of what you ultimately want the front of your home to look like. This will dictate what you do, what colours you use and where you focus your time and energy. In my role as an exterior designer of house facades I often see piecemeal renovations that look totally incohesive – so plan it all now, then chip away towards your end goal over time.

If you need help coming up with a big-picture plan of what to do to your home, you can get in touch with me via my website. Link in bio or go to

Jane Eyles-Bennett x