Tuesday 11 January 2022

How to Achieve a Modern Renovation from the Outside In

Over the recent years, our perspectives on how we live in our homes and use our living space have changed. This shift has influenced home renovations which have risen to record highs with Australians spending over two billion dollars a month on renovations and additions in 2021! 

With a desire for more functional, agile and purposeful living spaces, that can accommodate the requirements of family time, working from home, schooling, recreational activities and entertainment, Australia has become a ‘renovation nation’. 

Shared below are some important points by Rebeka Morgan, Co-Founder of the renovation expert resource, BuildHer Collective, and partner of James Hardie in order to achieve your dream home.
Consider form and function
Before starting the renovation process, figure out the inspiration for the form and function of your home. What are the problems you are trying to solve with the renovation – is it more space, better joinery or connection to outside? Think about how you want the space to feel. Remember you are building a space of connection, a living space and a place to share with family and friends. The way you want it to feel will connect to the form of the home.

When searching for inspiration, start by collecting images from magazines and online platforms. James Hardie’s Modern Look Book is an easy-to-use resource and well worth clicking into. From here, collating the looks, feels, and materials from multiple sources will help you uncover your vision. The sophisticated mood board tool Style Sourcebook, which anyone can use for renovation projects, can help you research and plan your interior and exterior spaces, including furniture, paint and tiles as well as building materials such as fibre cement cladding by James Hardie.
Have a clear budget
A common mistake that people make when renovating is not having a clear budget and realistic expectations of what this can achieve. Start off with a solid foundation, as it will be difficult to rectify mistakes along the process. It is essential to understand and balance the cost of labour and materials, as it will make budgeting easier. The cost of materials is easier to quantify, but it is important to understand how complex and time consuming the labour component is. The James Hardie Home Renovation Guide is a fantastic go-to guide to help you complete your renovation.

For example, when selecting materials for your exterior, consider the types and sizes to be installed, the pre-work required, and the painting or finishing process. Premium fibre cement cladding such as Hardie™ Fine Texture Cladding is easy to install and can be painted any colour. A key feature is the fine render-like texture embedded in the sealed fibre cement panels. It saves on labour costs and requires minimal maintenance, meaning it can be enjoyed for many years to come.
Define the look
More than ever, Australian homeowners are pushing the boundaries when it comes to the style of their homes. To get the modern look, focus on elements that make you feel pride and joy and spaces you would enjoy living in. Focus on what makes you feel that way – it could be big windows, timber floors, embedded textures or simple materials.

Exterior building materials have many roles to play. They need to be beautiful, long-lasting, keep out the elements, fit within budgets, work with our thermal requirements, as well as define our personal design style. Mixing cladding styles on a home façade has become a popular choice to create an architectural feel. The clean lines and contemporary finish can be easily achieved by combining a number of fibre cement exterior products to really enhance the exterior of your home. With its minimalist matte look, pair Hardie™ Fine Texture Cladding with the clean vertical lines of Axon™ Cladding to create a modern designer look. 
Create a consistent interior and exterior look
The façade is your first impression of a home and can give instant street appeal. It is incredibly important to get the scale and materiality right here to make sure you are coming home to an inviting space that you want to be in.

Less is more when it comes to creating a modern exterior. Focus on clean lines, little ornamentation and pare back with only a few finishes that contrast well with one another. For example, an extension of a weatherboard home could use Linea™ Weatherboard or Hardie™ Fine Texture Cladding for a minimalist look and striking silhouette. To bring through continuity, paint the three finishes in one colour.

To achieve a consistent look with internal and external spaces, try to carry elements between both areas such as textures, colours and materials. Minimise the number of materials used internally and add personality to the space with a few statement pieces that resonate with you.
Adding more than an addition
Adding a modern extension to a traditional home has become increasingly popular. An important consideration is to marry the old and new well. Focus on creating clear delineation between the existing building and new addition. Often this means a level change internally and a material change externally, to help experience the transition between spaces.

To create cantilevered upper levels, use premium fibre cement cladding such as Hardie™ Fine Texture Cladding. Being durable and a lightweight alternative to bricks means it can establish more cost-effective floor space upstairs while simultaneously creating dynamic and shaded area downstairs. This lightweight design can enhance your indoor-outdoor alfresco lifestyle.

Whether you’re renovating to make room for a growing family or to get more out of your home, it’s important to plan in advance so that your renovation process is streamlined and you feel empowered to make the decisions that create the house of your dreams.
Find out how to achieve a modern renovation for your home at www.jameshardie.com.au.

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