UGANDA, Kampala | Real Muloodi News | Gone are the days when roughcast and face bricks were the go-to options for house exteriors. Homeowners now seek house finishes that not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of their homes but also align with current trends.
The world of house finishing has witnessed a significant shift towards more innovative and trendy choices.
Steven Mugalu, a resident of Kiwatule, a city suburb says: “My house has paint inside and roughcast and face bricks as its exterior finish. The balcony is painted, below the window are face bricks, while the rest of the wall is covered with roughcast.”
According to engineer and designer Angella Namubiru, “A house is never complete unless both interior and exterior designs have been completed. There are a number of materials used for house finishing. This gives the property owners a variety of options to choose from. However, before making any purchase, one should understand both the merits and demerits of each material.”
From interior to exterior designs, every aspect plays a crucial role in creating a truly complete and satisfying living space.
Diverse Materials for House Finishing
When it comes to house finishing, a wide range of materials is available, offering property owners a plethora of options to choose from.
However, before making any purchase, it is essential to understand the advantages and disadvantages of each material. This knowledge will ensure informed decision-making and satisfactory outcomes in the long run, as highlighted by engineer and designer Angella Namubiru.
Stone Finishing: A Timeless Technique
Despite its ancient roots, stone finishing remains popular, particularly in commercial buildings. Namubiru explains that stone is a unique material known for its distinctiveness.
“Stone is widely used on commercial buildings since it is a unique material. Stone finishing is expensive and can be time-consuming,” Namubiru says.
Incorporating stone finishes can be an expensive and time-consuming process, but it adds a touch of elegance to a property. Natural stone can be skillfully utilised as a wall finish, especially under windows and at corners, or as a plinth wall.
Paint and Plastering: Staying Updated with Trends
The world of paints constantly evolves, introducing new options every year. To keep up with the latest trends, it is important to update your paint choices accordingly.
Civil engineer David Kireli emphasises that paint is one of the most commonly used materials for both interior and exterior finishes.
Weather guard paint, in particular, offers affordability and the convenience of refreshing the house with a new coat whenever desired. Trendy colour combinations, such as peach and lime green, can make your walls stand out.
Tiles: Beauty and Low Maintenance
Architect Abdu-Wahab Nyanzi highlights the popularity of tiles in Ugandan homes, not only for their beauty but also for their trendiness.
“Tiles have become common place as interior and exterior finishes, especially for commercial buildings. They are popular with luxurious places like malls and hotels. However, people are using them more now because they are easy to clean and, therefore, very low on maintenance costs,” he says.
Wood Siding: Aesthetic Appeal with Caution
While wood siding exudes natural warmth, texture, and character, it comes with its challenges.
Namubiru cautions that wood is susceptible to termite attacks and requires proper treatment with sprays and varnishes to prevent damage from termites and rain.
Although expensive, wood makes an excellent finish for gates and window sills, enhancing the overall charm of a property.
Face Bricks: Plastering Considerations
Using face bricks as a house finish may necessitate prior plastering. However, experienced builders can directly apply both tiles and face bricks onto the wall without the need for additional plastering, as suggested by Nyanzi.
Marble Walling: Durability and Elegance
While marble walling may be costly, its durability and timeless beauty make it a worthwhile investment. This trend-setting finish offers a myriad of colour options, textures, and designs.
To maintain its sheen and address any cracks, Kireli advises hiring professional clean-up and polishing services at least once a year.
Timber Walling: Natural Warmth and Versatility
Professional designer Michael Gitta extols the virtues of timber walling, which brings a natural warmth, texture, and character to any space. This desirable trend has adorned home and building interiors for years.
With different styles, spacing designs, placements, and installations, timber walling offers versatility that can cater to various design preferences.
In the quest for creating stunning homes, the world of house finishing is continually evolving. Homeowners now have the opportunity to explore a wide range of trendy options that not only enhance the beauty of their properties but also align with their personal preferences.
Whether it’s the timeless elegance of stone finishes, the ever-evolving world of paints, the low maintenance appeal of tiles, the rustic charm of wood siding, the practicality of face bricks, the durability of marble walling, or the natural warmth of timber walling, the choices are abundant.
By embracing these trendy house finishes, homeowners can truly transform their living spaces into remarkable works of art.
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