Green Renovation

Renovating the exterior of our home is something that we all aspire to, so that we can have it look as good on the outside as it already does on the inside. You can think of it as the perfect finishing touch to your home improvement spree, one that will improve the value and energy efficiency of your home, if you go about it the right way.

To give you plenty of food for thought, so you can find that spark of inspiration you’ve been looking for, we’ve put together a whole host of green ideas for you to consider.

Brick and Stone: The Traditional Approach

This classic look is a great way to lower the cost of those annoying heating bills that punctuate the winter months. The thermal properties of brick and stone are vastly underrated and allow you to winter-proof your home, whilst creating an authentic and homely look.

It takes a lot of skill to install the exterior the right way when you’re dealing with these types of ma-terials, so always ensure you discuss your ideas with a professional before going ahead and paying for materials out of your own pocket. You never know, they may highlight a few ways you could do it even better, or they may identify an issue you haven’t thought of which could save you a lot of headache down the line.

Fiber Cement: Popular in the US

If you want to be able to combine easy installation, cost effectiveness, and energy saving then fiber cement is certainly worth a closer look. The name doesn’t really do the product justice because it kind of implies you’ll end up living in a big 70s style concrete box of a building. This isn’t the case at all, and with a little research you’ll be able to see for yourself what the finished article might look like.

One thing that you’ll want to ensure is that your choice of fiber cement exterior is sympathetic to the period features of your home and the wider neighborhood. This will allow you to renovate your home in a way that ensures its in-keeping with its surroundings. Picking a style that suits your home can be a difficult balance to strike, but once you see the finished product you’ll be delighted that you took your time to get it right.

Solar vs. Wood

This may sound like a weird comparison to make, but think about it for a moment. If you add solar panels to your roof you would be able to offset some of your electricity bills by creating a new source of energy. You are however left with a rather unsightly set of large panels glistening away in the sun on your otherwise homely looking slate roof. If only there were a way to reduce the energy lost through your exterior walls whilst simultaneously improving the overall aesthetic of your home…

This is exactly where wooden cladding comes in. As with stone and brick, the thermal properties of wood are vastly underestimated. It also has the added advantage of being much easier and more affordable to install. There are a wide range of choices of different woods available, and you always have the option to repaint it over the years if you decide to take your style in a new direction.

No matter whether you decide to go with the latest innovative fiber cement mix, or you decide to go back to basics with authentic wooden cladding, just make sure you don’t rush things. Take the time to find something you like and you’re sure to reap the rewards for years to come.