Selling Houses Australia

How to make over a house with a featureless frontage

First impressions count. Gardening guru Charlie Albone shares his top tips to sell a house with a boring facade - as seen in Selling Houses Australia.

A house with a featureless frontage is always a hard sell. And lets face it, the Miami house in Queensland was a particular challenge.

I wanted to create some depth at the front of this property, to make it more visually interesting, so I started with a stepping stone path.

This creates the illusion of an elongated line, making the front look longer.

Planting down the side garden adds to this elongating effect.

The planting and pathway were a great start, but this house really needed more. So I added timber arches to give a new dimension and a different depth to the front of the house.

The arches take the eye out, as well as up.

And that premise of adding height works with the planting too - so I kept it nice and tall using tiger grass.

Depth can be added in the smaller details too. Like these window architraves, which make the windows stand out more.

Anything you can do to make the front more visually interesting helps create street appeal.

Your frontage really is your chance at putting your best foot forward. Because you know how the old saying goes, you never get a second chance at a first impression.

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