“Driving into Cambridge Court for the first time, looking upon the beautiful homes in the street, I knew immediately how lucky we were to discover this gorgeous gem.”
Throw a bomb at it right? Well there were numerous discussions as to how we attack the front of this lowset home. Red brick, with sand beige aluminium window frames, heritage green and cream trim with a terracotta tile roof. Despite the colour scheme being somewhat ‘on point’ in 1992, this aging brick home had lovely bones and natural character that could easily be transformed into something special.
The house was deserving of a new colour scheme to lift the property and help do justice to the other remaining houses in the street. Starting with the roof colour I worked backward from there. With the intention of creating a traditional colour scheme, yet without selecting standard colourbond I chose
- Grey Frost by Taubmans for the roof tiles
- Snow Season by Dulux as the main colour featuring on the walls and brickwork.
- Lexicon 1/4 strength by Dulux for the trim.
My aim was to lift the exterior and give the home a lovely modern Hamptons vibe.
To cut a long story short – I am a woman and I believe that means I can change my mind on occasion. And rightly so. As you can see by the photos, the Dulux Snow Season simple wasn’t offering enough contrast to the roof and trim. I deliberated the solution and eventually give in to the suggestion made by others. We would paint the entire exterior brickwork again in Dulux Spirited Falcon which in turn, was worth every bit of our time and money. It’s beautiful, rich and slightly warmer than Snow Season which offers a lovely contrast to the remaining colour scheme.
Anyway, lets move one. Here’s a quick hit list of improvements we made to the front etxerior:
- Replaced the large sand beige window frame with a new louvered panel French door set painted in exterior gloss paint – Lexicon 1/4 strength.
- Cleaned up all the garden beds and replaced any ugly plants with a mix of gardenias and low lying plants.
- Ripped up existing lawn and replaced with blue couch.
- Pressure cleaned and painted the front fence in Dulux Spirited Falcon.
- Replaced and installed additional exterior lighting – the Southampton range by Beacon Lighting.
- Painted the driveway, pathways and front porch in Berger Jet Dry Heavy Duty paint in Regal Fortress. The garage floor was was in the same product in colour Newsworthy.
- Professionally manicured and cut back large trees and shrubs that overhung our yard by the favorite guys at True Blue Tree and Stump Removal.
- Demolished small carport roof which we believe was neither council approved or built to regulation.
- Painted an existing terracotta pot left by the previous owner in grey pot paint, planted a gorgeous Cycad in it and made the large pot a feature at the entry.
- Replaced the opaque glass panels in the entry with clear glass and painted the front door in high gloss enamel by Dulux in Black
Obviously, the front exterior of the property was one of our smaller projects in comparison to the demolition of the interior! The front simply needed a little TLC with mainly aesthetical changes and a large clean up. They say don’t judge a book by its cover, however to entice potential buyers to look further, it was really important to create a warm and inviting front façade and gardens. By offering a great first impression that creates further interest, I was really happy with the final result that in turn sold the property.
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