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DIY – How to Paint

Brushing is a job to others but if you are on a budget it could be a game to do it your own way, This a comprehensive guide on how to paint like a pro from Maramani

The very initial step in painting is estimating how much paint you need, grab a tape measure and measure all the walls ready to receive the painting, usually one gallon of paint covers 400 square feet

Painting Checklist

Materials

Interior emulsion paint – also known as wall and ceiling paint
Decorating cloths
Masking tapePrimer paint in some cases

Tools

Tape measure
Paint pad and paint pad tray – if needed
Stepladder or work platform
Retractable knife
Paint kettle and paint kettle hook – to keep your paint in place whilst you work at height
Paint roller, sleeve, and trays
Roller extension poles – useful for both ceilings and walls
Paintbrushes
Paint can opener alternatively you can use the flat-head screwdriver
Paint stirrer/ a stick would do
Paint guard – also known as a decorating shield
Radiator roller – if needed
Roller cleaner

Safety kit

Decorators overalls – to keep your clothing clean
Shoe covers – to avoid treading paint into other rooms

Before starting the actual painting have someone assist you in moving furniture outside or to the center of the room in case of heavier furnishings, cover them with drop clothes to avoid accidental  staining,Cover furniture and move to the middle of the room.

If you intend to paint the ceiling disengage the chandeliers and all lighting fixtures, that way,  you will work faster

Prepare your walls 

It’s necessary to allocate a few hours prepping your walls; patching holes, cleaning, and sanding are all relevant to achieving the best result. This isn’t the fun part of painting a room, but it is the most important part. No paint, regardless of its cost, color, thickness, or manufacturer’s claims, will hide a cracked surface.

You will need few tools for the preliminary works

• Filler  & spatula – Use to cover any holes.

• Metal paint scraper – Use to scrape off any peeling or cracking paint (if necessary) before sanding.

• Fine 80 grit sandpaper – Use to even out rough texture and smooth down any bumps, choose one that indicates suitability for plastered surfaces on the packaging

• Mild soap & water solution – Use to clean any dirt or grease off walls before priming.

• Painter’s tape – Use to tape off borders so paint doesn’t bleed into areas you are not painting; also use painter’s tape to cover hardware and outlets.

PAINTING

step 1  

If surfaces have been freshly cemented or are discolored from nicotine, rainwater or mould decay , offer a sealer or prime coat first. This extra step will help the paint to adhere to the surface and will minimize the total number of coats required.

Prime coat  sometimes known as stain blockers. will help to reduce the likelihood that staining will leak through the top coats of paint over time so that you won’t need to repaint in the near future. For freshly plastered walls, choose a specialist plaster sealer.

step 2

Cut in around the edges of the room.

This will include;

  • coving ( top of the wall meets the ceiling )
  • skirting (where the bottom of the wall meets the floor )
  • windows and door frames.
  • You may also have light switches, sockets, heaters and radiators you’ll need to cut in around.

Use a good quality 38mm (1½”) or 50mm (2”) precision tip or angled brush for this. These brushes should help you to paint a neat, straight line.

Step 3 

Pour emulsion paint into the storage of the paint tray until it is approximately one-third full. Dip the roller sleeve into the paint, and spread evenly by rolling it firmly on the ribbed incline of the tray. To reduce splatters as you work, avoid overloading the sleeve with paint.

You can use a roller with or without a roller pole to paint walls – whichever you find most comfortable. A roller pole can make it easier to reach the top of the wall, but you can also use a step ladder or work platform to reach if you prefer.Use a roller grid with a bucket.

Step 4

Work out from the ends by rolling paint in 1m wide ‘W’ patterns and go back over the W to fill in the open areas. The intention is to apply the paint evenly and always work from a ‘wet’ edge.

Always work from top to bottom

Roll the paint in a zig-zag pattern.

step 5 

Once you get some paint on the walls you can go back along the edges. Turn the roller sideways to get really close to the ceiling and baseboards.

To remove buildup and runs, lightly roll over the painted area from the ceiling down to the floor. Apply very little pressure.

Lightly roll from ceiling to the floor.

Now that you’ve finished your painting, it’s time to give your brushes and rollers a good clean so they’re ready for use next time.

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Concrete Framed Structures

CONCRETE FRAMED STRUCTURES


concrete frame is a common form of structure, comprising a network of columns and connecting beams that form the structural ‘skeleton’ of a building. This grid of beams and columns is typically constructed on a concrete foundation and is used to support the building’s floors, roof, walls, cladding and so on.

Beams are the horizontal load-bearing members of the frame. They are classified as either:

Main beams: Transmitting floor and secondary beam loads to the columns; or
Secondary beams: Transmitting floor loads to the main beams.

Columns are the vertical members of the frame and are the building’s primary load-bearing element. They transmit the beam loads down to the foundations. 

LOADS


Structural analysis is a very important part of a design of buildings and other built assets such as bridges and tunnels, as structural loads can cause stress, deformation and displacement that may result in structural problems or even failure.

The building regulations require that structures must be designed and built to be able to withstand all load types that they are likely to face during their life-cycle.

These loads include:

DEAD LOADS 

The downwards forces on the building coming from the weight of the building itself, including the structural elements, walls, facades, and the like.

They are also known as permanent or static loads, they are  predominantly associated with the weight of the structure itself

LIVE LOADS

The downward force on the building coming from the expected weight of the occupants and their possessions, including furniture

DYNAMIC LOADS

these occur commonly in bridges and similar infrastructure and are the loads created by traffic, including braking and accelerating loads.

ENVIRONMENTAL LOADS

Environmental loads may act on a structure as a result of topographic and weather conditions.

  • Wind loads– This is a very important design factor, especially for tall buildings, or buildings with a large surface area

    Burj Khalifa the tallest building on the planet is designed in such a way that it withstands wind loads 
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The roof pitch is designed to withstand snow loads

Snow loads – The shape of a roof is a particularly important factor in the magnitude of the snow load. Snow falling on a flat roof is likely to accumulate, whereas snow is more likely to fall of a steeper the roof pitch

  •  Thermal loads – All materials expand or contract with temperature change and this can exert significant loadson a structure. Expansion joints can be provided at points on long sections of structures such as walls and floors so that elements of the structure are physically separated and can expand without causing structural damage.

 

CLADDING 


Cladding – components that are attached to the concrete frame of a building to form non-structural, external surface. This is as opposed to buildings in which the external surfaces are formed by structural elements, such as masonry walls, or applied surfaces such as render. 

Glass cladding

 

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Whilst cladding is generally attached to the structure of the building, it typically does not contribute to its stability. However, cladding does play a structural role, transferring wind loads, impact loads, snow loads and its own self-weight back to the structural framework.

Since concrete has little tensile strength, it generally needs to be reinforced. Rebar, also known as reinforcement steel (or reinforcing steel), is a steel bar or mesh of steel wires used to strengthen and hold the concrete in tension. To improve the quality of the bond with the concrete, the surface of the rebar is often patterned.

Concrete frames can be precast (manufactured off-site) or cast on site.

PRECAST CONCRETE 


Precast concrete is a form of concrete that is prepared, cast and cured off-site, usually in a controlled factory environment, using reusable moulds. Precast concrete elements can be joined to other elements to form a complete structure. It is typically used for structural components such as; wall panels, beams, columns, floors, staircases, pipes, tunnels, and so on.

Precast concrete frames are typically used for single-storey and low-rise structures. The concrete members transported to the site where a crane then lifts and places them into position to construct the frameImage result for precast concrete

FORMWORK


Concrete members can be formed on site with the use of formwork. This is a temporary mould into which concrete is poured. Traditional formwork is fabricated using timber, but it can also be constructed from steel, glass fibre reinforced plastics and other materials. Shuttering is perhaps the most popular type of formwork and is normally constructed on site using timber and plywood.

SLIP FORMWORK 

Slip form is a method of construction in which concrete is poured into the top of a continuously moving formwork. As the concrete is poured, the formwork is raised vertically at a speed which allows the concrete to harden before it is free from the formwork at the bottom.. 

Slip form is most economical for structures over 7 storeys high such as bridges and towers, as it is the fastest method of construction for vertical reinforced concrete structures, but it can also be used for horizontal structures such as roadways.

 

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Details on Steel framed structures

This period of July we zero in structures, from wooden framed structures to concrete framed structures pre-engineered buildings and load bearing structures so makes sure to come back for more 
Most steel assembly is done with a type of steel called mild steel. Mild steel is a material that is immensely secure.  Take a circular bar of steel 1 inch / 25mm in diameter. If you were to attach this bar securely to your ceiling you could hang from it 20,000 Kg (which is 20 tons), or any one of the following:

  • 2 and a half African Elephants
  • 1 and a half London City Routemaster Double-Decker Buses 
  • 18 Toyota Vitz  

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This immense strength is of great benefit to buildings.  The other important feature of steel framing is its flexibility.  It can bend without cracking, which is another great advantage, as a steel building can flex when it is pushed to one side by say, wind, or an earthquake.  The third component of steel is its plasticity or ductility.  This means that when subjected to great force, it will not suddenly crack like glass, but slowly bend out of shape.  This property allows steel buildings to bend out of shape, or deform, thus giving warning to inhabitants to escape.  Failure in steel frames is not sudden – a steel structure rarely collapses.  Steel in most cases performs far better in an earthquake than most other materials because of these properties.

However, one important property of steel is that it quickly loses its strength in a fire. At 500 degrees Celsius (930 degrees F), mild steel can lose almost half its strength. This is what happened at the collapse of the World Trade Towers in 2001. Therefore, steel in buildings must be protected from fire or high temperature; this is usually done by wrapping it with boards or a spray-on material called fire protection.

 

 PRIME EXAMPLES STEEL FRAME STRUCTURES 

Steel construction is most often used in 

  • High rise buildings because of its strength, low weight, and speed of construction
  • Industrial buildings because of its ability to create large span spaces at low-cost
  • Warehouse buildings for the same reason
  • Residential buildings in a technique called light gauge steel construction
  • Temporary Structures as these are quick to set up and remove

TYPES OF STEEL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION

There are several types of steel building construction. Steel construction is also called steel  fabrication.

Conventional Steel Fabrication is when teams of steel fabricators cut members of steel to the correct lengths and then weld them together to make the final structure. This can be done entirely at the construction site, which is labour-intensive, or partially in a workshop, to provide better working conditions and reduce time.

Bolted Steel Construction occurs when steel fabricators produce finished and painted steel components, which are then shipped to the site and simply bolted in place. This is the preferred method of steel construction, as the bulk of the fabrication can be done in workshops, with the right machinery, lighting, and work conditions. The size of the components is governed by the size of the truck or trailer they are shipped in, usually with a max length of 6m (20ft) for normal trucks or 12m (40ft) for long trailers. Since the only work to be done at the site is lifting the steel members into place (with cranes) and bolting, the work at the site is tremendously fast. Pre-engineered buildings are an example of bolted steel construction that is designed, fabricated, shipped and erected by one company to the owner.

Light Gauge Steel Construction is a type of construction that is common for residential and small buildings in North America and parts of Europe. This is similar to wood framed construction, except that light gauge steel members are used in place of wood two-by-fours. Light gauge steel is steel that is in the form of thin (1-3mm) sheets of steel that have been bent into shape to form C-sections or Z-sections.

WEIGHT OF STEEL FRAME STRUCTURES

Consider a single storey building measuring 5 x 8m (16 x 26ft). Let us first construct this in concrete, with four columns at the corners, beams spanning between the columns, and a 150mm (6″) thick concrete slab at the top. Such a structure would weigh about 800 kg/m2, or 32 Tons (32,000 kg) in total. If we build this of steel instead, with a sloping roof covered with corrugated metal sheeting with insulation, this would weigh only about 65 kg/m2. The steel framed building will weigh only 2.6 Tons (2,600 kg). So the concrete building is over 12 times heavier! This is for single storey structures – in multi-storey structures, the difference will be less, as the floors in multi-storey steel buildings are built of concrete slabs for the economy – but the difference is still significant. 

This low weight of steel frame buildings means that they have to be firmly bolted to the foundations to resist wind forces, else they could be blown away like deck umbrellas!

ADVANTAGES OF STEEL STRUCTURES

Steel structures have the following advantages:

  • They are super-quick to build at the site, as a lot of work can be prefaced at the factory.
  • They are flexible, which makes them very good at resisting dynamic (changing) forces such as wind or earthquake forces.
  • A wide range of ready-made structural sections are available, such as I, C, and angle sections
  • They can be made to take any kind of shape and clad with any type of material
  • A wide range of joining methods is available, such as bolting, welding, and riveting

DISADVANTAGES OF STEEL STRUCTURES

Steel structures have the following disadvantages:

  • They lose strength at high temperatures and are susceptible to fire.
  • They are prone to corrosion in humid or marine environments.
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Quick Furniture Tips

Furniture placement can be a tricky task.

It’s a question anyone who owns furniture is forced to confront: What is the best way to arrange it? When space comes at a premium, that question becomes even trickier to answer. 

Luckily, here at constructionweb we have created this article to help you pro guide you. The handy guide features tricks of the trade that help optimize the space in any room. And while trial and error are to be expected, knowing these key furniture arranging tips and tricks will only help make the design method smoother.

 Basically, there are two steps to proper furniture placement: Planning your layout and then bringing that layout to life. More conceptual tricks include considering the function of each piece of furniture and figuring out how to keep traffic moving.

  1. The first step is hectic clear the room, if possible. I know this can be difficult, especially in a confined, city apartment, but it is sometimes impossible to reflect a fresh new look unless you begin with a blank palette. Alternatively, you can draw the preferred layout on a piece of paper before placement.
  2. Every room needs one. Yeah, a focal point. Create a focal point  This is the defining element in your room. It could be  a fireplace or a unique of furniture or artwork. Your furniture should be arranged to take advantage of your focal point. For example, in the living room or bedroom, the sofa or bed should face the focal point.
  3. Arrange your seats in a way that enables conversation. For example, instead of placing two chairs across from the couch facing them upright ahead, angle them toward each other
  4.  Coming in 4th is the Wall-art ratio Homeowners generally hang wall portraits at eye altitude, similar to the organization in an art gallery, so visitants can appreciate them. If you’d like to give the idea of a taller ceiling, dangle wall art slightly lower than eye height to create more distance between the top of the art and the ceiling.
  5. Each furniture doesn’t have to be parallel to or at a 90-degree angle from your walls or other pieces of chattels. Try placing a sofa, loveseat or chairs on an angle to deal with space constraints, encourage dialogue and create asymmetry.
  6. If your house got a dining room area consider banquette arrangement. A banquette is a permanent bench-like seat attached to a wall. You don’t have to push chairs in and out as you sit, The advantage installing banquette is you can use them to provide extra storage. l. Most fast foods joints are designed like this, for instance, java house Image result for java house interior design
  7. Use an area rug it helps any visitant define a space, such as a convenient seating setup. The rug should be wide enough so all seating and tables are completely placed on the rug. Sofas and chairs that are half-on, half-off a rug don’t let you define the entire space.

8 The theatre experience – When installing up your TV room, think of where people will be sitting when they watch the screen and what time of day they’ll be watching. Daytime viewing means sunlight coming through windows—don’t place video screens facing them. Evening viewing means lights will be on, which can shine onto screens. Test lamp and screen placement before you move heavy equipment. Don’t place audio speakers near walls, which can absorb sound and create vibrations. Keep them at least 6 inches from walls, drapes and furniture.

 

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CHINESE GHOST TOWN

Inside one of China’s largest ghost towns: Development next to nuclear power plant left deserted as locals fear radiation poisoningWhere is everyone? The complex in Huizhou in Guangdong province in the southeast of China is one of the country's largest white elephants
  • The complex in Huizhou, in the southeast of China, is one of the country’s largest white elephants
  • Named Dayawan, the buildings stand near to a nuclear power plant which has put people off living in the area
  • Recently at night lights were seen on in only two out of 2,328 apartments

This is one of China’s ghost towns – a 14 square mile development where no-one wants to live.

The complex in Huizhou in Guangdong province in the southeast of China is one of the country’s largest white elephants.

Named Dayawan, the buildings stand near to a nuclear power plant.

Where is everyone? The complex in Huizhou in Guangdong province in the southeast of China is one of the country’s largest white elephantsImage result for china ghost town

 

Locals fear radiation poisoning and have kept away.

The development is also at least an hour’s drive from the nearby major metropolis of Shenzhen, another factor for keeping it empty of residents.

Despite the fact that the homes are low cost, developers have been unable to sell them.

The development is also at least an hour’s drive from the nearby major metropolis of Shenzhen

White elephant: Rows upon rows of apartment blocks stand empty in Huizhou in Guangdong provinceWhite elephant: Rows upon rows of apartment blocks stand empty in Huizhou in Guangdong province

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21st BUILD EXPO, NAIROBI KENYA

For the past 21 years, something better has been gracing our construction industry and 2018 is no exception, On 3rd through 5th May, The annual building and construction expo is happening at the Kenyatta international conference centre.

Buildexpo is the most prominent building and construction trade exhibition in Kenya and one of the largest fairs in Africa. Africa, the market of the millennium has been gaining immense attention from global manufacturers and exporters seeking tie-ups with importers in Africa for building products.The Kenya construction trade fair in 2018 featured exhibitors from over 40 countries.

Exhibitions enable you to meet the people that matter to your business in one place, including existing customers, new prospects, suppliers, advisers, investors and key figures in the industry. You can use networking to forge productive relationships with key people. Over time, these contacts can become powerful advocates that support and promote your business, That is enough reason for you not to miss this expo

Few of the brands exhibiting are Apex steel from Kenya,  Carvatorta group from France, Regal equipment limited, Tononoka Group among other prime exhibitors.

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Container Housing

In the 21st Century, shipping containers are being used more frequently for architecture than they are for actual shipping, It is just an opinion. There are several reasons why shipping container housing has grown in popularity. The houses are 

1.Cost-effective 

The general consensus is that shipping container homes are cheaper to build than conventional housing. The budget really depends on the situation, but shipping containers reduce costs dramatically in areas where it’s difficult to erect regular housing, such as sloping blocks of land.

2. Eco-friendly

One of the biggest pros of building a shipping container home, Whilst you could argue that melting down the shipping container and recasting the steel into something else is more environmentally friendly, you would be wrong. Recasting steel requires an incredible amount of energy and it isn’t financially viable- this is why there are so many abandoned shipping containers in the world.

3. Speedy to build

Shipping container homes can be built incredibly fast, They can be built offsite then shipped to your Land. 

The best example of this is a college in Holland wanted an additional accommodation for incoming students, So they decided to build a block of shipping container homes out of 250 containers. The shipping containers were modified in China and then shipped to Amsterdam. In total around 5 shipping containers were stacked each day. This means that in less than 12 weeks they had successfully built 250 shipping container homes!

The reason for this is that when you purchase a shipping container, you already have the walls, floor and ceiling for your home; you just need to apply insulation and decorate them!

But some architects say the trendy metal boxes have major flaws and are not worth the hype

 

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Nairobi city and Co-working spaces

Around 10 years ago coworking spaces began opening up to offer affordable office space solutions to startups and freelancers, but recently much larger tech firms have been jumping in. Companies are now looking for the benefits of locating in these shared office environments. As a result, big media conglomerates and newly crowned tech giants have been moving employees to coworking and incubator spaces.  

Arbor House Business Centre. along Arboretum Road Nairobi

Well, this is Happening all over the world but In The safari Capital Of Africa, Nairobi Coworking spaces are mushrooming all over the city, Beautiful spaces that we will be looking at them soon.

Currently, Large corporations are partnering with coworking spaces to support innovation and idea exchanges. Tech giants such as Verizon, IBM and Microsoft are now testing coworking spaces to be near innovative startups.

The twig Co work at West End towers in Waiyaki way

Corporations are forming partnerships with coworking spaces, thereby making it easier for them to stay on top of technological innovations and top talent. They want to keep an ear to the ground when it comes to potential disruptions in their industry, and they need to closely monitor potential acquisition targets. Renting space in coworking spaces can help them check all of the boxes: Attract top talent, monitor competition, and find acquisition targets. Here are a few examples of partnerships in the past couple of years 

This is the new wave jump on the bandwagon and save big!

 Nairobi’s startup scene is taking off, and community workspaces are revving up its fame as East Africa’s cosmopolitan hub.  These coworking spaces are not the run-of-the-mill startup campuses you would expect to find anywhere else in Africa.

If you are an up-and-coming startup or small business looking to get noticed, there is no better place to make those connections happen.

One trend coming out of coworking spaces, like The Mint Hub ,  The Twig,  AHBC,  Workstyle Africa is integrating incubators into their business development strategies. By offering space and an environment with resources, they are able to cater and retain members who are launching startups.  

The Mint Hub

The demand for shared office coworking spaces is surging in the Nairobi and around the world, with several mega corporates over this past year deciding to jump into the game. So why would you start a business and rent an overpriced office space in town?  

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House Review

Strategic placement of any building becomes paramount when it comes to a large site. This was the case with the 2.5-acre site for a new farmhouse in Chhattarpur, New Delhi, where the land was exceptionally narrow and deep.

The narrowness of this west facing plot was challenging because placing the built mass either in front or at back resulted in enormous, wasteful lawns at the other ends. Besides, the presence of an adjoining old three storey residential building to the north with an array of servant rooms situated on its terrace looking into our site, made it imperative to place our building parallel to this adjoining block such that there is no visibility of this mammoth structure from the south courtyard of our building. 

The main mass of the building was designed along the length to counter the linearity of the plot and was positioned towards the north side creating a south facing court and avoiding ‘over-looking’ issues from the neighbours. The south court was flanked with the formal living and bar to the west with the gymnasium/ den area to the southeast corner. This resulted in an intimate court adjoining the informal lounge of the house. The initial planning provided for a pool positioned in the court next to the gym block but was later shifted to the northeast of the building on client’s behest.

The main building being linear along the north and the formal area located in the south-west spanning the width of the plot resulted in an ‘L’ shaped typology. What it helped do was to segregate the formal front lawns with the more intimate central courtyard. Placing the living room between these open zones gave the user a benefit of clubbing these areas for larger gathering.

The architectural vocabulary of the building was actually generated with the response to its orientation. The front of the house facing west is either expanse of solid white planes or timber louvres provided in front of openings with glass.

The entrance of the house is flanked with a granite-clad stone wall that directs the movement towards the main door. An elegant steel and wood canopy projects out over the entry. The bar, located at the other end from the entrance, was cladded with same stone and it wrapped around onto the side facing the internal courtyard.

The master bedroom sat on top of the bar and precariously cantilevered out towards the court. High roof of the master bedroom balcony provided an unobtrusive view of the courtyard and poolside area with the rear lawn. An open verandah was designed outside formal living with louvers on the roof protecting the length of the glass from direct evening sun.  

Compositionally, there is a subtle balance between the solid and void that has been created to the front of the house. Towards the south court, the glazing has been maximized on the ground floor with adequate shade being provided by the building mass projecting out on the first floor. 

The staircase was custom-designed and fabricated out of steel and timber and is placed along a full height transparent wall in the entrance atrium which faces north. This glass and aluminum skin turns horizontal at the top and becomes part of the roof.

 

Source : Home Adore

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TIPS ON EXTERIOR DESIGNS

Never underrate the importance of a first impression! Home exteriors are the very first thing next-door-neighbour, guests and prospective clients see, so you want your exterior home design to impress. Whether you are considering an exterior renovation to upgrade your curb appeal and resale value, or simply want to enhance your home’s artistic and ambience, choosing the right exterior design for your home is an important undertaking.
If you are building, this conception stage begins with choosing a good architectural firm that designs your new house then proceed to buy materials. 

When exploring various exterior ideas, it is important to remember there are different phases of a home exterior makeover. Exterior remodelling is not much different than interior design — both projects require careful consideration of all the components involved. If you’re starting from scratch, browse exterior photos from our Instagram and determine what kind of home exterior design ideas you are drawn to, Another option is to check out Maramani House Plans Once that’s decided, consider materials and colours 
Your overall home and neighbourhood style will generally guide these selections, but your personal taste and resale ability should also be taken into consideration. When this phase is complete, you can then move on to researching exterior decorating ideas!
Adding some finishing touches to the facade, like exterior shutters, always guarantees a personalized, lived-in look, whereas something like exterior lighting is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Which home exterior design style will work for me?
There is a huge range of exterior designs to choose from Maramani — whether you’re a traditionalist, minimalist or trendsetter, there is an architectural style that will work for you.

What exterior house colours and materials should I use?
The materials you end up using for your exterior design are often determined by the overall style of the house. When perusing exterior ideas for more traditional homes, you’ll notice that exteriors are usually comprised of brick and wood shingles, while stone and metal siding are popular contemporary options for more modern homes.
If you’re on a tight budget, vinyl siding is a more affordable option; if money is not an issue, a stone is beautiful but will cost quite a bit more. Although there is some leeway in the materials you use, be sure they accurately reflect your home’s overall style. 
If you’re not quite ready for a full-on renovation, there are still several exterior ideas … Simple things like changing up the trim and paint colours will make a noticeable impact — try to pick a neutral primary colour, like beige, brown or grey. If you want to stray from the norm with bright accents, try painting your front door or garage door something bright, such as red, green, blue or yellow.
As you consider various exterior decorating ideas, you’ll notice that less is more; a few decorative elements spice up your home’s architectural style but too many can make your exterior design look cluttered and chaotic. House numbers are a great way to add personality; you can try a unique font or brighter colours for a different look
When the holiday season rolls around, don’t forget about decorations! Landscaping is also key to a well-designed exterior, so choose plants and hardscaping that will play nicely with the decor to provide a welcoming look.

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