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When you’re de­sign­ing a new fa­cade, or con­sid­er­ing an update to an ex­ist­ing house, Bill Hawie from Eden Brae Homes says you should con­sider what will date over time.

“It de­pends on the style of the home, but I think blended ma­te­ri­als do of­fer longevity,” Bill says.

“If you’re go­ing ex­clu­sively for a ren­der, or a face-brick look, or a heavy use of stacked stone or some­thing sim­i­lar, then that’s when fin­ishes can look a bit dated af­ter a while.

“Earthy colours are probably a pru­dent choice be­cause in five to 10 years’ time it can still look very el­e­gant. Colours that are very bold can be quite trendy right now, but you’ve re­ally got to think how they will age in years to come.”

Bill says you should be look­ing for a finish you can update later on, per­haps with new paint.

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