I am thinking about purchasing this property as the "bones" seem pretty good but there's obviously not much street appeal at the moment! I wouldn't have a much money to spend so I'm interested to hear ideas for improving the front. What would you do with it?
Some would say render it to modernise but I like the brick and it's maintenance free so I wouldn't do it.
The number one thing that stands out to me is the air conditioning units. They need to be moved and/or hidden.
Other obvious things are painting the eaves and window frames, and removing the dated exterior blinds and replacing the curtains. Removing all the concrete and the shed and planting a modern garden and path would also help improve street appeal. And the roof looks like it might need some attention - possibly cleaned, repointed, maybe even re-sprayed/sealed.
I'd be interested to hear people's ideas for the porch. It is obviously very small but I wouldn't really like to remove the balustrade as it looks original?
One more tip, have a good walk around the local area as you are bound to find similar homes that have been renovated and pick up some tips (and things to avoid!)
I actually quite like painted brick. Cheaper than render. I've seen it a bit in QLD. I would build low fence along the front of the building out of recycled decking. It would hide the ugly airconditioner and you could add some plants giving the effect of a raised garden bed.
You can also use textured paint on the concrete with a stencilled pattern which is way cheaper than putting down pavers.
I recently attended a one day 'renovating for profit' workshop with Homes+ Magazine. The main speaker was Cherie Baber (who owns her own business 'Renovating for Profit' and is on The Living Room on Channel 10).
She had the following tips for improving street appeal on a budget:
1. Build a fence - she had an example of a cheap fence that she had built using aluminum roofing
2. Plant a garden bed at the front (ideally using plants that already exist on the property)
4. Add screening around the entrance (low cost, but really gives the home a modern look)
5. Spray paint the bricks. I recently spray painted my fence and it was super easy!
I would also remove the external blinds and paint (or replace) the letterbox.
Here is an article that she wrote for Homes+ with examples:
Here's plan B:
Any ideas for this one would also be welcome.
I'm thinking painting the brick and the concrete driveway and getting rid of the horrible laserlight roof over the porch and the driveway gates. Not sure about the fence. And maybe timber shutters for the windows?
Yes, I would get rid of the polycarbonite roof and painting the concrete would help. Again, I would think carefully about painting or rendering the house, although I admit most people don't like red brick.
Starting to like Plan B better for the long-term too, there seems scope for a major reno out the back - adding new rooms without having to change too much.