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Tiles on front of 1930s semi

Discussion in 'General DIY' started by pup28, 31 Mar 2014.

  1. pup28

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    Hi all, first post here!

    I'm in the early stages of planning a 1930s semi renovation. Bit of a novice and TBH will probably get most of my work done professionally so I'm cheating a bit by posting in a DIY forum but you guys seem to have lots of great ideas so wanted to pick your brains :D

    On the front of the house, between the two windows, there are tiles and these are currently quite ugly and need replacing.

    My first question is, what is the purpose of tiles in this area of the house, what would be behind them?

    Secondly, is there an alternative to tiles? Could I go for wooden cladding for a more modern look? I've tried searching for images but not come up with anything.
     
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    In my experience (i have the same 1930's build but rendered finish) is, it will be a hollow wooden framed structure. The tiles are just a simple, quick and easy cover. You can rip them off, cement board and render, or if you want clad it with wood. Wood will need treating, my neighbour has cladded with upvc similar to fascia's, not to my tastes thought
     
  3. kbdiy

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    Purpose - mainly decorative rather than functional. As to what is behind them, could be just timber frame over rough brick or blockwork.

    Changing to cladding would, in my opinion, look totally naff and out of keeping with the surrounding houses, which will doubtless be of similar style.
     
  4. pup28

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    Kddiy, I agree that I would probably want to keep in fitting with the other houses, I'm just not a fan of the tiles on the front. But beefpotnoodles idea of rendering would seem a good alternative. Thank you both for your help.
     
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