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Lifestyle : Home Comforts 2012
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(Mon-Fri & Sun) www.sydneyblinds.com.au SYDNEY BLINDS & SCREENS Ph: 9636 1555 SHOWROOM: 26 STODDART RD, PROSPECT FREE quotes ALL suburbs AG5100723AA-270512 HOME COMFORTS SPECIAL REPORT 2 SUNDAY, MAY 27, 2012 THE SUN HERALD It's what's up front that counts Whiter shade of pale . . . before (top left) and after (bottom left) shots of Daniel Mackle's Waverley property. Mackle (above) is now selling the bungalow. Main photo: Danielle Smith A fashionable facade can really boost the impact your property makes, writes Carolyn Boyd. If there is one part of a house that makes it feel like home, it's the facade. The front of your property is the first thing visitors see and, as a bonus, when it comes time to sell, strong appeal can help win the hearts of buyers. When Daniel Mackle bought his Californian bungalow in Waverley in 2007, he was keen to renovate. He took what was a dowdy house and gave it a slick makeover, opening up the property to allow more sunlight in and extending the back with a huge entertaining deck. In melding old with new, one area he really paid attention to was the facade. ''It sets up the mood,'' says Mackle, an IT consultant. He wanted to tone down the older facade to make it blend with the reworked Scandinavian minimalist interior but he also wanted to retain the notion of the Californian bungalow. ''At the top there are specific wooden plates or panels that are typical for the Californian bungalow of that period,'' he says. ''We decided to retain all of those features but just introduce one colour, so you can visually read them but it's as a shadow, a reminder they're there.'' To bring more light into the house, Mackle replaced the tiny front windows with french doors. It brightened up the property but created a privacy issue, given the new doors face the street. The solution was two mid-height glass Juliet balconies, which Mackle says then had to be matched with the paint scheme. Getting the opaque glass and the house colours to work together might sound simple but it was very difficult, he says. After three attempts at finding the right paint colours, including a disastrous bright white that practically blinded passers-by, Mackle called in a colour consultant from a paint company. ''She came over and she had 10 minutes to look through and all of a sudden magically pulled out an entire [colour scheme] for everything,'' he says. ''I was quite amazed. I didn't believe it at first. The most difficult colour is white because there are so many shades. ''We used antique white inside and it really had to coexist with the main colours [outside].'' Thrown into the mix were extensive fencing and large curtains behind the french doors. ''The curtains are very visible from the street and they also dictate a colour pattern, which could be quite destructive if you get it wrong,'' says Mackle, who is now selling the three-bedroom, two-bathroom property through McGrath real estate agent Bethwyn Richards. The colours Mackle opted for were Dulux vanilla quake for the front of the house and doe and caveman as feature colours on the shutters and fascia boards. He finished the look off with antique white on the french doors. TOP TIPS Remove clutter. A well- maintained garden and neat plantings go a long way. Resist the temptation to store unnecessary items at the front of your home. Roll out the welcome mat with a defined front gate and a path to the front door, rather than having visitors enter via the driveway. Choose a colour scheme with two or three base colours. If you want to brighten things up, the front door or mailbox can be good areas for a pop of colour, or add fun cushions to any outdoor furniture. Hide your bins away. Wheelie bins are often stored at the front of homes so they are convenient to the street. Consider stowing the bins at the side of the property instead or investing in a screen to hide them. A Sun-Herald Special Report Editor MatthewCollins, firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising Tina Musumeci, 9282 1003 Readerlink 9282 1569
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