Your home’s elevation is the first thing you see, so it’s important to choose a design and colour scheme that you like. But with so many options available, how do you know what will work for you? That’s why we’ve listed some points you should consider when designing your elevation. Remember, our team are here to help you choose a design that you will love!
Check your design guidelines
If you are building in a land estate, you may need to choose colours or materials that adhere to the developer’s guidelines. While many of the items in the guidelines are pretty standard, like no air-conditioners at the front of the home, you might have to include certain colours or materials. It’s best to read your land contract to see if there are any restrictions, because some items like black roofs may be prohibited. You can read more about design guidelines here.
As we said earlier, some elevations may need to use a second material like bricks or cladding. This requirement is becoming more popular in Perth’s land estates which is why many of our elevations already include it.
Bricks can be used as piers, blade walls or feature walls. Here at Move Homes, we use both Midland Brick and Austral Bricks so you have a wide variety of colours to pick from. Many of our clients opt for a vintage look with reds and creams, but we’re also seeing greys and darker colours become more popular.
Cladding is used when your home has a gable. The colour of your cladding can match your roof colour or it can be a different colour to better suit your elevation. It’s common to see cladding painted in a lighter colour, especially if you’re wanting a Coastal or Hamptons inspired look.
When it comes to your roofing, there are a few different thing to consider.
Firstly, you need to consider the material. We offer Colorbond as standard because it is a better match for steel frame homes than tiles. While both have their advantages, Colorbond has less maintenance and is suitable for homes with BAL ratings (you can read more about what a BAL rating is here).
Secondly, you need to pick the colour. The most popular colour for our clients is the almost white Surfmist, but there are plenty of other options like Deep Ocean and Shale Grey. Monument is also popular for clients wanting a dark coloured roof but be careful as some developers don’t allow dark coloured roofs.
Thirdly, the colour of your fascia and gutter need to suit the roof. You can select the same colour for all three pieces or you can mix it up. For example, a Surfmist fascia combined with a Monument roof and gutter can stop the home being too dark.
The two main decisions for your garage is the colour and the style.
The colours you can choose are the same as your roofing because they are manufactured from the same quality company- Centurion. And also like your roofing, many of our clients are choosing lighter coloured garages to stop the elevation appearing too dark.
When it comes to the style, there are five profiles you can choose from. Cosmopolitan is our most popular, with both Settler and Mediterranean providing contemporary finishes. We have all five profiles in our Selection Centre so you can get more information on them.
There are other garage options available for you to pick. The TimbaLook series from Centurion offers a choice of 4 different wood look colours, while the Sunshine series provides a translucent garage door.
The items listed above take up a larger percentage of your home, which is why it’s good to select those first. But it’s important to consider the other features on your elevation because they can add that extra touch of class.
Window frames come in a variety of colours and opting for a white or black frame can help break up the colours in your elevation.
The same goes for your front door. Timber doors can be painted in any colour, although most people paint it the same as their main render or contrast render. Aluminium doors come in the same colours as the window frames and often match each other.
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