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Planning your new home`s design, renovating or extending your house is not just challenging, but also brings up a lot of questions about regulations, permits, town planning. The purpose of our Ask the Designer page is to give you lots of valuable information so you can get prepared. Have a browse through our topics and see if somebody has already asked something similar. Or to save time, type your question topic in the Search box and see what you find. If you can`t find the answer for you question, click on the orange Ask your question here button. Our team will get back to you as soon as possible.


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What options are available for external wall finishes?

Most common external wall finishes is rendered or face brickwork as they are sturdy and reliable. However with the modern trend for lightweight and environmentally friendly materials, you have options such as Fibro Cement wall cladding. Check out James Hardie’s website at for the range offered ranging from traditional to modern finishes all aiming to give your home a personal touch.

Another great product is Hebel which is rapidly growing in popularity, as it is cheaper, has a solid feel and  environmentally responsible in comparison to brickwork. Check out their website at for great ideas as well as more information into how your home can contribute to the environment without compromising the looks of your new home.

Are you looking for a stylish modern home? Check out Alucabond’s website at for ideas on how to give your home a stylish modern feel. Though it is used heavily in commercial projects, the cladding can give your home a very modern feel

All claddings have advantages and disadvantages however, when choosing external cladding it is important to always consider the room it encloses as well as where it is located as this will have on your home such as heating and cooling. 

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