HOMES JU­LIA GRAy

First im­pres­sions al­ways count when it comes to houses. shows you how to smarten up the ex­te­rior of your home to make it more of a des res

Macclesfield Express - - HOMES -

IF you want to in­crease your home’s ‘kerb ap­peal’, giv­ing the front a makeover is a must, whether you’re sell­ing or stay­ing put. Here’s how to do it: the look of your front door is to change the door fur­ni­ture – chrome or satin nickel is more fash­ion­able than brass and gives a smart, con­tem­po­rary look, suited to both pe­riod and mod­ern doors.

Get metal door num­bers to match, or con­sider frosted-film num­bers if you have a glazed or par­tially glazed door or porch. They can be fid­dly to fit, but look great. or other ex­te­rior fin­ish, and suit its age and style of ar­chi­tec­ture.

While some of the clas­sic colours are al­ways popular for front doors, in­clud­ing red, black and stately dark blue, there are also colour trends – greys and duck-egg blues and greens have be­come popular in re­cent years.

AWEEDS and moss will al­ways form on block paving, es­pe­cially in shade. Regular pres­sure-wash­ing re­moves the top fin­ish – then the sur­face is no longer smooth and even harder to clean.

Gravel is the so­lu­tion. It’s easy to lay and just needs a rake now and then. It’s also a de­ter­rent to would-be bur­glars as you can hear them com­ing!

QWE re­cently re­moved an ivy grow­ing up a painted rough­cast wall. How do we re­move the mess of ten­drils?

have no chance of re­mov­ing those pesky ten­ta­cles – I re­cently wore a screw­driver down to a metal pin try­ing to get the lit­tle suck­ers off. I even­tu­ally gave up. I tried a heat gun, wire brush and jet wash but ended up paint­ing the wall. I can still see them.

is the best way to re­move sev­eral lay­ers of con­crete floor paint in prepa­ra­tion for re-seal­ing and paint­ing?

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