Updating facade ranch style home
Striped awning, to match the timber framing of the roof structure, is perfectly in tune with the classic style of this commanding facade design.
There’s much to love about this Alex Popov masterpiece, but the impressive facade is surely up there.
Ignoring the striking cement sculpture flanking the garden path for a sec, Popov has also been bold in his use of colour, inserting an orange front door behind a slatted Corten steel and glass screen.
It feels like everyone’s doing it – even Buddy and Jasinta Franklin – but there’s a reason painting your house dark grey has risen in favour.
Timber frames will give a natural feel, while black speaks to a more modern aesthetic.
If you’re really looking to create impact, then consider growing a climbing plant on your facade.
Choose a traditional timber door and get yourself a tub of paint in your favourite primary colour – whether it’s bright blue, fire engine red or lipstick pink. A beautifully paved path can be done yourself with a weekend’s work – the efforts being well worth it. You don’t want to shroud the view of your outer house design altogether, but planting a grand old dame of a tree in your front yard can really add a sense of prestige.
There’s nothing more enticing than a bold front door. Read our great how-to on getting a dreamy front door. Advanced trees can cost a fortune, so buy plantings if you have the patience to watch them grow.
Want to make a name for your home in a sea of bland-coloured bricks and weatherboard? This hot property in Alphington, north east of Melbourne, has dark and stormy zinc cladding and tall, broad picture windows. If you’ve got the land size, setting your home back from the street behind a long and winding path can be just the thing to build intrigue and anticipation around it.
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