The following are a few tips that will give your house more style and a renewed look... Without emptying your pocketbook! Simple, sober elements like lacework, flower boxes, shutters, and risers for the steps can give your home a personal, original look.

Embellish your windows
Install stained flower boxes under the façade windows.

Preserve the ornamentation
Change the colour of the wood ornaments to set them off. Use a single colour for all ornaments.

Adorn your porch
Install decorative risers on the steps and lattice work to cover the underside of the porch.
The following are a few tips that will give your house more style and a renewed look... Without emptying your pocketbook! Simple, sober elements like lacework, flower boxes, shutters, and risers for the steps can give your home a personal, original look.

Embellish your windows
Install stained flower boxes under the façade windows.

Preserve the ornamentation
Change the colour of the wood ornaments to set them off. Use a single colour for all ornaments.

Adorn your porch
Install decorative risers on the steps and lattice work to cover the underside of the porch.

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Sketch of a house with light work details labelled

The light work of a house is representative of its architectural influence. They add style and authenticity to your property. This example shows the importance of preserving the finishing touches.

The outer walls of your home would be quite plain without detailed ornamentation.

Source: Les revêtements de bois, Guide technique no.9 / Quebec City, page 8.

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Carefully chosen and installed ornamentation will give your house plus value and great style. You will find that making your own wood ornaments is quite advantageous. Over and above the money you will save, you will be able to create a wide variety of ornaments and reproduce certain models that have been forgotten by time.

The following are a few technical hints:
Use dry wood to prevent cracking and warping; Choose knot-free wood; Trace the ornaments you want to reproduce from the originals; Consider the direction of the wood fibre; Make sure the wood does not touch the ground; To install your ornaments, drill screw or nail holes to avoid cracking; Paint the difficult-to-reach areas before installing the ornaments; Apply a coating; an oil-base primer and one or two applications of latex, acrylic, or enamel paint. Choosing the details

Before choosing the details of your ornamentation, make sure you have a good idea of how they will look on your proper Read More
Carefully chosen and installed ornamentation will give your house plus value and great style. You will find that making your own wood ornaments is quite advantageous. Over and above the money you will save, you will be able to create a wide variety of ornaments and reproduce certain models that have been forgotten by time.

The following are a few technical hints:
  • Use dry wood to prevent cracking and warping;
  • Choose knot-free wood;
  • Trace the ornaments you want to reproduce from the originals;
  • Consider the direction of the wood fibre;
  • Make sure the wood does not touch the ground;
  • To install your ornaments, drill screw or nail holes to avoid cracking;
  • Paint the difficult-to-reach areas before installing the ornaments;
  • Apply a coating; an oil-base primer and one or two applications of latex, acrylic, or enamel paint.
Choosing the details

Before choosing the details of your ornamentation, make sure you have a good idea of how they will look on your property. Make a drawing of your house, adding the decorative elements you would like to install. Be careful not to overdo the ornamentation, which would create an overload to what should otherwise be a characteristically sober, simple style.

Some decorative elements are available in hardware stores, some made of wood, others of urethane. However, wood ornaments are more resistant and less expensive.

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Colour photos of models of ornamentation

Models of ornamentation

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The choice of colours for a house has always been a way to enhance the overall beauty of a home, right down to the tiny details. There are, however, basic guidelines to follow.
Use no more than three colours Avoid garish and bright colours Hints

Colours should be chosen under cloudy skies, taking into account the original colours of the house. The harmony of colours with those of the neighbouring houses should be taken into account to better integrate the house into the architectural landscape. Once the paint has been applied, the colour will be deeper and brighter than the store sample. Never apply different colours to the first and second floors of a house. The conditions in which you apply the paint or stain will affect the results, seek advice from an expert on ideal conditions for application. Finishing touches

By using different finishes, the colours can be heightened.

Hints
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The choice of colours for a house has always been a way to enhance the overall beauty of a home, right down to the tiny details. There are, however, basic guidelines to follow.
  • Use no more than three colours
  • Avoid garish and bright colours
Hints

  • Colours should be chosen under cloudy skies, taking into account the original colours of the house.
  • The harmony of colours with those of the neighbouring houses should be taken into account to better integrate the house into the architectural landscape.
  • Once the paint has been applied, the colour will be deeper and brighter than the store sample.
  • Never apply different colours to the first and second floors of a house.
  • The conditions in which you apply the paint or stain will affect the results, seek advice from an expert on ideal conditions for application.
Finishing touches

By using different finishes, the colours can be heightened.

Hints
  • A satin finish is ideal for the main body of the house.
  • A semi-gloss finish is well suited for the mouldings and ornaments.
  • A matt finish should be used to hide faults.

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Drawing of houses demonstrating acceptable colour distribution

Use no more than three colours, distributed as follows:

  • One colour for the roof
  • One colour for the siding
  • One colour for the accents
  • Overall look

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Interactive renovation flash game

Imagine that you have just aquired this nice Four-square style house. You paid a reasonable price for it, but you need to make renovations. Which choices will you make for each of the situations presented? Then see if you made the right decisions.

The game "Your Turn to Renovate" invites you to explore and display integrated and non-integrated renovation solutions!

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Learning Objectives

The learner will:
  • describe the evolution of homes in Canada and the architectural influences that have marked them;
  • compare house styles and materials used in the past with those used today, then identify similarities and differences between them;
  • assess the impact of some materials on the environment and the manufacturing (and architectural style) of houses;
  • explain the influence of history (for example: the Conquest, the Confederation) on the architectural style and its evolution.

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