A lot of people are buying new homes on housing estates that look the same. You know the ones. The ones that have homes that look the same as each other, with gardens that look the same and garages that look the same as well.
New build houses are very good for most people and they are happy to settle into their homes no matter what it looks like. But, other people want to express their personality through their homes and they want to change things to the exterior of the house.
If you think that you want to change things so that your home does not look like everyone else's, then you should check with any councils or governing bodies to make sure that you are actually allowed to change things at the home.
If you are not allowed to change elements of the exterior of your land, and you change it anyway, the councils would reverse the changes and you will have wasted your money.
So, if you to change things then you should get proper planning permission first, and then come back and read some tips on what to change on the exterior of the home, to make it look more personal and less boring.
- Windows – If the builders have gone to the trouble of making the homes look the same, then they will probably have all the same windows. Therefore, you should change them. You could change the panes and have a tint on them, or even have some patterns glued to the top windows. You could also go one step further and have them all replaced. You should choose a frame that no one else has and you may even want to change the color of the frame. If you want to do something a bit wilder with the windows, then you can change the colors of some of the panes. Some people like to have their windowpanes framed with colored sections. This type of design will certainly make your home stand out.
- Conservatory – You might want to put a conservatory on the back of the house. This is an expensive choice and it may reduce the garden space but it will add a room to the house. Ultimately, this option will increase the value of the house, should you make the choice to sell the home in the future. If you take this step, then you should be aware that you would need to furnish and decorate the conservatory, which will make it even more expensive.
- Garden – All of the gardens will look the same as well, so you can change the look of them. You could pave the front garden and make into more of a driveway, if you do not have one already. In the back garden, you can put plants in and make it look a bit more personal. You could add garden furniture and you could even add a small pond. You might need planning permission for anything larger.
- Fencing – Since all the homes are open plan in the way that they are laid out, it is likely that there is no barrier between your land and your neighbors. Therefore, you have the option of putting a small picket fence around your land. You have to make the fence look tasteful otherwise the housing committee will object to the fence and will make you remove it. A small fence will suffice and will not be an eyesore for the neighbors to look at.