5 stunning house exterior transformations

Ideas and inspiration for updating a tired façade to give it a completely new look.

By Hugh Metcalf | 17 January 2021

Take a critical look at your home from the street. With any luck it just needs sprucing up. But at the other extreme a home that’s stuck in a time warp can be given a whole a new façade. Some are easier to remodel than others. But these before and after house exteriors prove there’s plenty that can be done when a home has an lacklustre exterior.

Timber addition

This double-height extension is clad in Siberian larch. It links to the 1930s house by black fibre cement boards. The boards continue right up to the bay window. Simon Foote Architects designed the £250,000 project for blogger/stylist Katy Wilson of PlaceFortyEight, and her family. It includes a rear extension.


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placefortyeight exterior renovation after picture - home improvements - grand designs

Image: Matthew Jones Photography

Total transformation

Living Space Architects retained the width of the pitched brick gable of this three-bedroom 1970s bungalow in Devon. The practice were able to replace it with a rectangular box gable and projecting terrace. The project cost £246,000.


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living space home exterior makeover to 3 bedroom house - grand designs

Image: Brown Hill Photography

Character cladding

Roderick James Architects took on a 1920s four-bedroom detached house near Ottery St Mary, Devon, extending and renovating it. The original rendered building, now insulated and clad in untreated sawn larch, has a new pitched roof and links to a slate-hung extension. A wraparound oak-frame veranda ties it all together. The project cost £300,000.


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