How Long Will My Exterior Renovation Take?

How Long Will Your Exterior Renovation Take? An update to your home’s exterior can take anywhere from a few days to several months or more, depending on the scope of the project.

Some factors that can impact the length of the renovation include:
> The size of your home
> How much of it you’re renovating
> The complexity of the design
> The materials being used
> The number of workers involved
> Weather conditions

On average, a minor exterior renovation such as painting or replacing cladding can take 2-4 weeks.

A full exterior renovation that includes a new roof, windows, cladding/render etc, painting, lighting and landscaping can take anywhere from 10-16 weeks – sometimes longer.

It is important to have a clear and detailed plan in place before starting the renovation to ensure that the project stays on track and finishes on time.

A trusted contractor or project manager can provide an estimated timeline and work with you to minimize disruptions to your daily life during the renovation.

Remember, the length of your home’s exterior renovation can vary greatly, but the more organised you are, the quicker it will go! If you can work out up front everything you want to do and book in your main contractor or tradies in the correct sequential order, the disruption will be far less than if you work things out as you go.

A Facade Design Plan© gives you all the colours, products, materials and details so you have a definite plan to follow as you renovate the exterior of your home, which minimises any downtime or errors. Contact me here to see if we can help you…

Jane Eyles-Bennett

How to Find Reputable Tradies for your Reno

Finding good contractors & tradies so you can get your renovation done without hassle can be easier said than done. Follow these tips to find the best of the best and get your renovation done right, first time.

Get referrals: Ask friends, family, and neighbours if they have any recommendations for tradies/contractors they’ve used in the past and were happy with.

Do your research: Check online reviews and ratings for contractors & tradespeople in your area. Look at their website and social media accounts to get an idea of their work and customer satisfaction.

Check credentials: Make sure they’re licensed and insured. This will protect you in case of any accidents or damages that may occur during the renovation.

Ask for references: A reputable tradie or contractor should have no problem providing you with a list of references from previous clients. Contact these references to ask about their experience.

Get a detailed estimate: Make sure the contractor or tradiesperson provides a detailed estimate of the work to be done, including a breakdown of the materials, labour, and a timeline for completion.

Verify their experience: Make sure they have experience working on similar projects to yours.

Communication: Make sure the contractor is responsive to your questions and concerns throughout the initial quoting process. If they don’t turn up or are sloppy with details, find someone else.

Have a written contract or at least sign their detailed quote: Make sure that everything is in writing and signed by both parties to avoid any confusion or misunderstanding. Note: If any changes happen during the renovation (inevitable!), request a requote and be sure to sign this too. Request that no additional work is done without written approval from you first.

By following these tips, you can increase your chances of finding a reputable contractor or tradies who will complete your exterior renovation project to your satisfaction.

If you need help with the colours and product choices for contractors or tradies to quote on, you can get in touch with me here…

Jane Eyles-Bennett x

6 Exterior Design Trends for 2023 & Beyond

Want a modern and stylish look for your exterior home renovation? Here are 6 exterior design trends for 2023 and beyond…

Minimalist design with clean lines and a focus on simplicity
One popular trend that has emerged in recent years is the use of minimalist design. This style of design is characterized by clean lines and a focus on simplicity, which creates a sleek and sophisticated look.

Use of natural materials such as wood, stone, and brick
These materials are not only durable and long-lasting, but they also provide a sense of warmth and authenticity that can be difficult to achieve with other materials.

Bold colours and statement features to add visual interest
Using blocks of bold, neutral colour or creating a unique focal point such as a feature wall or minor structure is a great way to modernise the front of your home.

Mixing & matching different materials to create a unique and personalized look
This can include combining different types of stone, wood, and metal, or using different colours and textures to create a dynamic and eye-catching look.

Black framed windows
Black (or charcoal) coloured framed windows are a trendy alternative to traditional white frames. They can complement a minimalist design and give a modern look.

Incorporating plants and other natural elements into the design
This might include adding a green wall, vines up and around a pergola structure, or adding a water feature to create a sense of tranquility and connection with nature.

You might be wondering if any of these 6 exterior design trends could be used on your home. In fact, most homes can be renovated in contemporary style when you know how. Check out our gallery of before and after images for inspiration!…

Jane Eyles-Bennett x

How to Visualise your Home’s ‘New’ Exterior

You want an attractive, cohesive look for the exterior of your home, but how can you be sure your colour and product selections are going to work together and provide the outcome you’re hoping for?

A home renovation visualiser will help you see your ideas in full colour before you start renovating. It’s an insurance policy that ensures you’re making the right choices to create a home you love and are happy and proud to come back to every day.

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Visualisation software – One way to visualise and experiment with different exterior renovation ideas is to use design software. There are lots of different types of visualisation software available, and many are specifically designed for exterior home renovation projects (though most are US based). These types of software allow you to create a 3D model of your home, and then add or remove different elements to see how they would look. They can be a bit of a learning curve, but well worth the effort to make sure you’re doing the right thing. Google ‘home renovation visualiser’ to find some options that could suit you.

Mood Boards – Another way to visualise your ideas is to create a mood board. This is a collection of images and samples that represent the look and feel that you want for your home. This is an excellent place to start if you’re unable to go down the visualisation software route. You can use images from magazines, catalogs, and the internet to create a visual representation of your vision.

Hire a Designer – Another way of visualising your ideas is to hire an exterior designer like Hotspace Consultants. They can help you to refine your ideas and develop a detailed design plan for the outside of your home, giving you the ability to make informed choices about the materials and colours that you will use.

Whether you use design software, create a mood board, or hire an exterior designer, visualising your ideas will help you to achieve the look and feel you want for your home – with no ugly surprises at the end!

Need help refining and visualising your exterior home design? Contact me here at Hotspace Consultants to see if I can help…

Jane Eyles-Bennett x

Why Hiring an Exterior Designer is better than DIY

Tired of a mediocre home with lackluster Street Appeal? An experienced exterior designer will help you achieve your dream home Facade.

How? Because they will…:

… introduce new features that blend seamlessly with the existing style of your home: A good exterior designer like Hotspace Consultants will work with your home’s architectural style, adding and modifying features to give it an entirely new appearance. When a designer understands your brief and budget, they’ll show you how to transform your home in ways you’d never have imagined.

… have the skills, knowledge, and experience to turn your ideas into a cohesive and functional design that suits your home: You want your design, but better, right? That’s what a good exterior designer will do for you. They’ll use your collection of images and inspiration (eg Pinterest) and curate a design that will not only improve the appearance of your home but increase its value, too.

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… help you maximize street appeal: Your exterior designer should be a Facade expert too. This is a unique skill-set that even many architects have not mastered. The right designer will help you select the right materials, colours, landscaping and other details to create an harmonious, interesting look that stands the test of time and cohesively blends with the interior of your home.

… save you money: Counterintuitive, I know, but it’s true. A good exterior design professional will design to your budget, suggesting cost-effective solutions without compromising on design or functionality.

Hiring a professional exterior designer is an investment up front that will return to you in many, many ways. Imagine loving how your home looks and how proud of it you’ll feel once it’s renovated right! Home is where the heart is – so create one that makes you proud the minute you pull into your drive!

Need help with designing the exterior of your home? Contact me here to see if I can help…

Jane Eyles-Bennett x

7 Tips for Managing Your Exterior Renovation

Renovating can be like opening a can of worms and often takes months longer than expected. Here are my top 7 tips for managing your exterior renovation:

Set clear goals: Before you start any renovation, it’s important to know exactly what you want to accomplish. Are you doing a quick trick-up or a more thorough overhaul? Are there structural issues to resolve? Having clear goals will help you stay focused and make better decisions throughout the process.

Create a budget: Determine how much you can afford to spend on your renovation, and try to stick to it as closely as possible. This will help you avoid overspending and ensures you have enough money to complete the renovation.

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Hire a contractor: Unless you have experience with exterior renovations, it’s generally a good idea to hire a professional to handle the work. Make sure to do your research and choose a reputable and licensed company or individual.

Get multiple quotes: Don’t just go with the first quotes you find. Instead, get bids from multiple contractors to ensure that you’re getting the best deal. Don’t just look at the price; consider other factors such as experience, reputation, and quality of the materials they plan to use.

Set a timeline: Determine how long you want the renovation to take, and discuss with your contractors to make sure it’s realistic. Have a timeline drawn up and ensure every trade knows expected completion dates for their portion of the project.

Stay involved: While you should definitely let your main contractor and sub-trades handle the work, it’s important to stay involved in the renovation process. I like to meet with contractors most days – even if just briefly – to make decisions & ensure the work is being done to my satisfaction.

Keep records: Keep a record of all correspondence, as well as any receipts or documents related to the renovation. This will be helpful if there are any disputes or issues that need to be resolved.

By following these tips, you can effectively manage your exterior renovation and end up with a home that you love!

Jane Eyles-Bennett