Welcome to my first blog! Thought i'd start with a lovely example of how a not-so- pretty frontage can be transformed by render and nicely proportioned windows... this is a low rise block of early 70's flats in kenilworth not far from crackley woods. Perhaps not the obvious victorian wreck rescued after years of neglect (which is normally my thing), but certainly inspirational as an example of what can be achieved with relatively few £££'s. Not sure who was responsible (sadly not us!) but by the looks of it i'd say the refurb was undertaken maybe 5 years ago or so by a builder with a good eye for detail. Windows are well sized and good quality stained softwood by the look of it. Simple flat render finish painted white gives the frontage an entirely different look - and by my estimation adds at least 25% to the value vs. the 'unrefurbed' one in the middle. Maybe oak grained upvc would give the same look and cost alot less, but overall, i reckon it's good for an excellent 9.5/10.
With thanks to Alan Denyer, MD of EBC Design and Restoration - Who develops and restores 'older' property in the Coventry and Warwickshire area: http://ebcdesignandrestoration.blogspot.com/