Houses are kind of weird when you think about it. Because of some economic skullduggery by governments and banks, they don’t depreciate like other assets. In fact, they tend to go up in value, making them a perfect place to store wealth.
But even so, old houses can often wind up looking run down and unloved. Here are some ways to give your home a facelift and restore it to its former glory.
Use Concrete, Lots Of Concrete
Concrete is used as a finishing material for industrial and commercial premises, but rarely for residential houses. But that’s not because concrete and homes don’t go well together: it’s just that it’s an unusual choice for the vast majority of home rebuilders. Concrete can actually make for an arresting exterior cladding for a home, offering all sorts of different designs and patterns.
Costs are relatively high, at around $1,000 per square meter, but it’s a great way to make a statement and bring your home into the 21st century.
Render Walls With Sand And Cement
A lot of old homes are covered in pebbledash, and over the years they’ve accumulated mismatching materials. Extensions and various maintenance projects have turned many old homes into real misfits.
One way to dramatically update your home without ridding it of its character is to strip the exterior bare and then use some sort of render to coat the walls. One option is to use sand and cement, but there are also modern, polymer-based materials too that have different textures and can be painted. Planning permission is usually required, and you may struggle to get consent on some work.
Rendering is ideal for homes with unusual shapes and can cost anywhere between $50 and $100 per square meter, depending on the rending material you use.
Swap Out Your Old Roof
Updating the roof is one of the most important things you can do to improve the look of your house. What’s more, the variety of roofing options has changed dramatically since your home last got new tiles. Elon Musk and Tesla recently announced that they have made solar panels for roofs in the design of roof tiles. At the announcement, the company showcased several different tile designs for several different houses.
New roof coverings can cost anywhere between $15,000 and $35,000 depending on the amount of work that needs to be done, the size of the roof and the type of roofing materials you use.
Replace Old Windows
The styling of your windows has an enormous impact on how your home appears from the outside. Unless you live in a listed building, you don’t usually need to apply for planning permission to change the windows in your home. Older windows were often fitted hastily and made from materials that weren’t always ideal, like wood.
New windows are adaptable and don’t necessarily need to change the historic character of a home, so long as the right options are chosen. Expect to pay in the region of $6,000 to swap out the windows from a three-bedroom house.