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Transform The Exterior Of Your Home

Transforming the outside of your home will make a huge difference to the look and feel of the property. It depends on how much you would like to change your house, at the simple end there is a lick of new paint and at the other more costly end you may consider structural upgrades.

Below in this guest blog by Superior Glass Services based in Harrogate both have been suggested, we hope you find the points useful:

The Exterior

First confirm what is on the exterior of your property currently, perhaps:

  • Pebbledash
  • Stone cladding
  • A mixture of different external materials
  • Mismatching bricks

It’s possible to remove these materials, although it’s sometimes easier to cover them with a new finish to give a completely different and fresh look, transforming your house instantly.

One of the cheapest options is to simply paint the exterior of the house, using paint in a neutral shade to create a blank canvas and unifying the two materials. Another option is rendering and then painting, which may be better if the original material is quite damaged as just painting won’t cover these issues.

Glazing and Repairs

Updating the glass in your property is a fantastic way to modernise the whole house while keeping its unique feel. Superior Glass Services are specialist glazier in tailor-made glass and bespoke mirror installations. It’s a great idea to do repairs and window upgrades in sensitive properties, such as historic and rural buildings where the appearance would be forever altered with conventional Upvc windows. If you want to preserve the original character of the house, this is a great option.

Roof Renovations

You may wish to change the shape, the exterior covering or even just improve the existing tiles. All of these things will change the property’s appearance.

Changing your roof covering usually falls under permitted development rights so planning permission is not required, but it is necessary to add roof insulation when making these changes to meet building regulations.

Glass Balustrades

Glass Balustrades are a great way to modernise the interior or exterior of your business or home. Interior glass balustrades add light to the transitional area between floors and can bring any property into the 21st century. Using toughened glass provides additional security to standard balustrades where pets and children can be at risk from falling through a traditional bannister. This is a fantastic way to completely transform the exterior of your property.

Door Design
A quick and easy option to transport the look and feel of your house is painting the front door! Picking a colour that will really pop and also keep classy is a fine line, you need to try out a lot of different colour swatches to make sure you make the right decision. Changing the front door colour is a fairly low risk but an effective DIY way to experiment with the exterior. If you have a period property and would like to restore its door, then perhaps commission a skilled joiner to make a new one that mimics the original.

Windows – The eyes of the house

Updating your property’s windows is a sure way to bring a brighter, fresher feel to the home.

Remember the style of your home, for example, don’t add Georgian details to a house with the wrong proportions. Also, if you add blackened timbers make sure your property reflects this Elizabethan look, and take care to maintain your home’s authentic style. Either way in terms of adding value to a property is a good idea to go for Secondary Glazing. Superior Glass Services are experts in the fitting of Secondary Glazing to aesthetically sensitive homes and properties. We can advise and install secondary glazing windows behind your traditional sash windows, preserving the look of your property from the outside but increasing the thermal retention properties and locking out that troublesome road noise allowing you to enjoy your home in peace and tranquillity. Secondary glazing is low impact and can be installed quickly and effectively. 

Replacing windows can be done without obtaining planning permission, you are able to alter the shape and size of the window openings under permitted development rights.

Planning Permission on external finishing?

Your local council is likely to be concerned that your house meets regulations for thermal efficiency, so consider whether cladding will alter the property’s eco-performance. Also if you live in a listed building, consideration needs to be given to how cladding will impact the character and fabric of the house. If you’d like to check on a change before going ahead Superior Glass Services would be happy to do the research.

Guest Blog by Superior Glass

Superior Glass Services specialise in all aspects of glass from simple repairs and replacements to bespoke glass projects covering Harrogate, Leeds, Bradford, York & surrounding areas. Please visit our website to find out more.


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