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Front Yard and Front House Exterior Renovation

This is part of our first home reno series. Please remember to read our "Reno & Home Improvement Advice" blog before you attempt such a large project on your own.

From Overgrown and Tacky to Sleek and Refined!

The Brief:

To have a low maintenance garden and house exterior in general with some unique and niche touches to it whilst tying all into the rear of the property.

The Journey:

This project was a HUGE amount of work but like any journey it has to start with a first step so to begin with an out of control ficus creeper needed to be removed from the front fence, retainer walls and front patio area, this was a complete bugger of a job but very necessary in order to stop damage to all it clung to and to obtain the final look.

From there, the driveway left hand garden needed to be cleared along with two huge lilly pilly trees at the front gate that were ripping up the old driveway with their root systems that also managed to block the old ceramic drain pipes. The top garden area was also stripped of all vegetation except the central mulberry tree.

The old wrought iron banister on the front porch was also removed along with the guttering as was the front door along with all front windows and frames.

The driveway was also ripped up completely, so as to be widened and replaced with high end pebble mix type that would now extend all the way to the road.

Now all was stripped back, we set about replacing and rejuvenating the entire front and sides plus bricked rear area of the house that would make it a home instead!

Get the Look:

  • Front fence cleared and painted black with stonework pillars
  • Storm water pipes replaced front and side all the way to the street
  • Front yard landscaped as a Japanese/Mediterranean hybrid (very hot area)
  • Water feature added (who left the tap on)?
  • Lighting all 316 SS LED
  • Various unique garden ornaments added
  • Irrigation system added
  • Planted out with low maintenance water wise plants
  • Driveway gardens planted out same and again SS LED lighting plus irrigation added
  • Driveway garden ornaments that light up added
  • Driveway garden screen feature fence added
  • 316 SS Balustrade added to porch
  • All brickwork rendered and painted in high end products by quality trades people
  • Stonework laid by quality stonemason down drive way and across the entire front of house
  • New colorbond gutters added and full paint job around whole house
  • LED Lights added around entire house including security ones at front
  • PVC Double glazed tilt and slide windows added to entire front of home area
  • Double glazed oak panel front door (stained) with wrought iron grate and black hardware
  • Bamboo screen fence added down one side of house
  • Recycled decking added down same side of house
  • Recycled gates added on both sides of house
  • Secret garden added down one side of house with spa filter and heater area
  • Brighton 80 pebble driveway added including crossover to street
  • Night sky garage door and sealed garage floor in grey


Note: The before and after shots of all should fill you in all that happened here!  You will find them detailed on the Video - go to video link.

Next up in this series - Workshop and Garage Makeover

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