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10 WAYS to add kerb appeal

You’ll want your renovated house to be somewhere that wows guests and makes you proud when you pull up on the drive, so what are the best ways to make sure your property leaves a lasting impression? Architect Opinder Liddar investigates
Having grown tired of how their mid-century house looked next to the shiny facade of the adjacent property, the owners commissioned

What exactly is it that draws us to a house? The answer is probably the combination of a number of factors – the building’s character, design, materials used, surrounding landscaping and general upkeep. Also, the wider context of the local community and facilities will add to its overall allure.

First impressions can be enough to convince or deter us from buying a house within the first few minutes of viewing. So enhancing kerb appeal will certainly help if you want a quick sale, even if it doesn’t add to its market value. If you are planning to update a property to put on the market then you may well take a different approach to if you’re renovating somewhere you plan to live in. But if the latter applies, then kerb appeal is still important when it comes to creating a result that will lift your spirits every time you come home and work to showcase a bit of your character to visitors.

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Get your self-build or renovation project started with advice & inspiration from Build It magazine. Here's what to expect in the January issue: • How the Rogers built an Arts & Crafts-style modern home • The latest on smart home technology • Are woodburning stoves eco friendly? • Heating options for renovations • Avoiding grand designs disasters • Plot Watch: Did they get planning consent? ...and much more!