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How to Choose the Perfect Facade for Your New Home

16 May 2023

Choosing the right facade for your new dream home is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. Whether it’s classic or contemporary, your home’s facade projects your personal style to the outside world – so it’s important to feel a sense of pride in what you’ve created. Trends come and go, so rather than just choosing what’s hot right now, go with a look that feels true to your design aesthetic.

With so many options to choose from, it may be more difficult than you think. So, here’s a quick Q&A designed to help you choose a facade you’ll love, that will stand the test of time and add value to your new home – now and in the future.

1. Are there any council restrictions on façades?

Before you do anything, find out if your location has a covenant that places restrictions on the look of your new home? This can relate to things like the style of house you’re allowed to build, as well as other details such as fencing, colour choices and even the type of letterbox you can install. It’s important to note that a covenant is legally binding, and can be enforced by the local Council. So make sure you avoid disappointment and check first, before you choose a facade.

2. What architectural style appeals to you?

This decision really comes down to personal preference. And the choices are almost endless – coastal, country, contemporary, urban and industrial, to name just a few. But don’t worry if you can’t decide on a specific style. There are many facades that incorporate a number of different design elements including the silhouette of your home, windows, materials, roof style to create a fabulous look. For inspiration, take a stroll around the area you’re building in, to see which house exteriors you’re drawn to.

 

3. Should you choose a similar style inside and out?

Consistency between the outside and inside of your new home will provide a sense of connectedness and flow that just feels right. The facade of your home should hint at what you’ll find beyond the front door. Strive for one cohesive theme which flows from the street all the way through to the backyard. This synergy in style will create a fabulous overall look and feel for your new home.

4. What materials should you choose?

There are countless choices of materials to create the perfect facade, but ultimately it comes down to budget and personal taste. Here are some options you may like to consider:

  • Brick – adds depth and texture to your home’s exterior. For a contemporary look, consider white or dark grey brickwork
  • Stone cladding – for an elegant and distinctive look
  • Timber – an eye-catching timber feature can elevate the look of your new home without blowing the budget
  • Steel – perfect for a modern or industrial feel
  • Render – a smooth or textured finish that works with many styles.

5. How do you choose a colour scheme?

Builders usually offer a selection of house exterior colour schemes that you can choose from to complement your preferred facade. Coastal, modern and country colour palettes all have subtle differences that can enhance the look you’re going for. A popular trend right now is to choose a pop of colour for your front door, so you can really make an entrance! For inspiration, take a stroll around your nearest display village.

6. Does street appeal really matter?

The short answer is – yes. The facade is the first thing people see as they approach your home, so it’s important to make a good impression. According to real estate agents, street appeal increases the value of your home, when it’s time to sell. So consider every element carefully – from the lighting and doors, to the windows and even the garage door. Every detail counts.

7. What lighting should you choose?

Lighting is often overlooked when it comes to creating an impressive facade. Good lighting will make your home stand out from the rest. From garden lights that illuminate the house, to feature lighting at the front door, the effect it creates is well worth the cost. In fact, lighting is often an inexpensive way to get a high-end look, by accentuating key features of your facade after dark.

8. How much maintenance are you up for?

Different facades require different levels of maintenance, depending on the materials and finishes used. How will they react to the elements, and how often will you have to treat, clean or paint them. For example, stained timber window frames look fabulous, however they will require more upkeep than aluminium windows. Your builder can advise what will work best for you and your lifestyle.

9. Does landscaping have an impact on the facade you choose?

While strictly speaking, it’s not part of the facade, landscaping can certainly have a huge impact on the street appeal of your home. Planting can enhance, complement, and soften architectural lines and surfaces to achieve a fabulous overall look. Make sure you choose plants that reflect your facade’s style. For example, if you go for a coastal-inspired facade, choose plants that suit this theme.

10. Is it worth spending a little more?

Facade prices vary depending on a number of factors including the materials and finishes used and installation costs. While sticking to your budget is important, the facade is not the place to start skimping. It’s worth spending a little extra to achieve maximum street appeal. Remember, creating a quality facade now can have a huge impact on the resale value of your property should you decide to sell in the future.

Can you mix ‘n’ match layouts and facades?

You found a display home layout you love, but the façade isn’t really your style. Fortunately, most builders offer a selection of facades for each home design, so you can choose one that suits your style. For example, Hallmark Homes offer more than 10 different facade options you can mix and match with the home design of your choice. From Classic and Coastal to Hamptons and Metro, you’re sure to find a facade that’s perfect for you.

Hallmark has a facade to suit your style.

Not only does Hallmark have a fabulous selection of home facades, our Selection Centre Consultants are available to provide advice on styles and trends. Get inspiration for your new home design and facade by visiting one of Hallmark Homes’ Display Centres. Beautifully styled to suit the South East Queensland lifestyle, you’re sure to get some great ideas for your dream home. You can also check out our virtual tours for ideas.

So if you’re thinking of building a new home in South East Queensland and you’d like to know more about Hallmark Homes, have a chat to one of our experienced consultants. If you have any questions about our home designs or house and land packages, please contact us today.

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