Updating old brick house exteriors

The driveway has parking space for two cars and was made with compacted gravel finished with two coats of Pour-On resin, a DIY product that is a fraction of the cost of laying a concrete driveway.

I used the aluminium roof sheets again as a fence to close off the end of the driveway for more privacy.

I placed them along the home’s exterior walls and then added the plants, which I simply recycled from the overgrown backyard.

By far the biggest expense was rendering the red-brick facade with a terrific product called Rockcote – a render and paint in one.

It cost around $4000 to partially render the exterior walls, but the value it adds to the home is close to triple that.

When it comes to selling your house, first impressions are everything.

Buyers are notoriously harsh judges and are often spoilt for choice.

That’s why street appeal is so critical, and a quick exterior renovation can add considerable value to your home.

This makeover highlights the problems with the original facade of this red-brick suburban house, and addresses them with five strategic renovation ideas done in under a week – and for about 00 total.

Originally, the remnants of a broken steel fence were all that separated the front yard from the nature strip.

One idea was to take the aluminium roof sheets from an old garden shed in the backyard (which was destined for demolition) and attach them to the fence’s existing metal frame, creating a physical barrier to the street.

Then I simply painted it with my spray gun – an instant fence for less than 0.

Creating a driveway adds value to the property, and prevents cars from driving up and parking on the front lawn – never a good look.

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