Not loving your home’s curb appeal? It could be time to modernise and bring in some stylish and practical exterior house designs. It’s amazing how a fresh coat of paint or new home fittings and additions can give a place a completely new feel. We spoke to Jenny Perry from Perry Contracting about her work on homes in Hong Kong and ideas on how to give your space a facelift with an exterior renovation.
#1 Bring in the new!
This house in Sai Kung had a complete internal and external transformation. We gave it a contemporary revamp using composite wood panelling to produce a smooth monolithic look with sharp edges. Creating these seamless lines involves plenty of planning and skill to hide external pipes in the frame. The composite for the exterior renovation is in a fantastic dark grey that completely transforms the mood of the home. Plus, it’s a durable material that will easily last many years to come. Inside, we added a cinema and a gorgeous marble slab in the master bedroom.
#2 Modern elegance
Would you have guessed this home in Hong Kong was built in the 1970s? A fresh coat of paint and some glass railings can easily take your home forward 50 years to 2023. For this property, changing the balcony railings from metal to glass has created an elegant and seamless look. You can now also appreciate colour contrast between the light walls and dark home fittings – and a paint job is always incredibly effective. The home in Hong Kong is now a standout on the street and looks like a brand new build after its exterior renovation.
#3 What to do with tiles
Many people see tiles on the façade and turn away from the job of removing them all. However, you actually don’t have to. For this house in Sai Kung, we applied a cement render with a waterproof membrane and then finished with a coat of paint. The design also incorporated a wooden surround to hide the air-conditioning unit stack, adding warmth and colour to the property.
The addition of new dark grey double-glazed windows and a bi-fold door on the ground floor helped make the flow of the home feel more spacious and open. By removing the top balcony, the façade has also been given a facelift, resulting in a modern, clean and stylish street appeal. This was another full internal and external renovation, with a beautifully landscaped garden and outdoor dining and barbecue area too.
#4 Working with light
This existing house in Silverstrand was dark and outdated. Our aim was to make the most of all the unused light, specifically at the rear of the home. To do this, we enlarged all the window openings, installed large double-glazed panel sliding doors and created a glass skylight. Now, light floods into the entire home which lights up the home fittings and Japanese interior design. Plus, it provides easy access straight out onto a beautiful Zen garden.
Looking to upgrade your home in Hong Kong or keen to try one of these exterior renovations? Visit perrycontractinghk.com to find out more about changing your exterior house design to make your home fittings pop.
This article first appeared in the Summer 2023 issue of Expat Living magazine. Subscribe now so you never miss an issue.