Get instant street appeal with a mixed-material façade

Every beautifully designed home begins with a striking, decorative exterior. For instant street appeal and a house that turns heads, try creating a mixed-material façade.

As the Australian urban landscape changes, so do our houses. Where older, more traditional-style homes tend to favour bricks or weatherboard, a contemporary home design often calls for a striking contrast of colour, material and texture.

The best thing about mixed-material façades? They have undeniable street presence. Layering different colours and textures together helps to create a dynamic, rhythmic exterior that instantly draws the eye. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to bring a bit of individual style, personality and flair to a home.

When designing a mixed-material façade, the possibilities are practically endless. A combination of brick and steel can be used to create a modern-industrial look; weatherboard and render for a classic Hamptons style; or render and timber for a contemporary home that seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor living.

Start with a good base

When it comes to creating a beautiful and striking facade, Hebel is a great place to start. As Australia’s leading manufacturer of Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC), we provide strong, high-performance and – perhaps most importantly – versatile building products that elevate homes inside and out.

Hebel PowerPanelXL external wall system is a particularly versatile design choice for residential façades. The fact that it can be rendered with practically any finish means you can use it to achieve a variety of different looks, ranging from crisp and coastal to modern industrial. Pair it with other materials – brick feature walls, stone panels, timber accents and more – to create a façade that stands out from the crowd.

For their latest project, boutique home builder Thomas Archer did precisely that. At the Lynden Residence, Hebel PowerPanelXL was specified for the external walls and finished with a concrete look render. By contrasting the clean, concrete-looking render with dark timber cladding, Thomas Archer delivered a bold architectural façade.

“Hebel’s PowerPanels provide a perfect balance of style and quality to our homes as they align with our clean, modern aesthetic while also providing a more solid base support for our homes,” says Alex Adams, Principal Architect at Thomas Archer.

The façade of a double-storey home with grey, concrete-look Hebel and dark timber cladding.

Thomas Archer specified beautifully finished Hebel PowerPanelXL for their latest project, giving the Lynden Residence a striking concrete look.
Photographer: Caitlin Mills

 Choose a decorative design

For added visual interest, residential façades can be elevated with decorative PowerProfile. PowerProfile is available in two styles and three popular Colorbond® colours – Dune®, Basalt™ and Monument® – which gives countless design options. Or, you can select panels with pre-routed ‘V’-grooves from our PowerPattern range, and combine them with rendered Hebel walls to create a stylish, composite design.


A close-up of a residential façade featuring rendered Hebel PowerProfile.

Add a bit of decoration to your façade with Hebel PowerProfile.
Photography supplied by: Powerwall Solutions

For Veronica and Mark King of King Homes NSW, the superior design flexibility of Hebel PowerProfile was a natural fit for their recent build in the outer suburbs of Sydney. PowerProfile was used in lieu of bricks and paired with a crisp acrylic render, taking the façade of their Spice Home project to the next level.

“Hebel added striking interest to the front of the home which really appealed to a large group of buyers. As builders, we love working with Hebel for its high-quality finish and straightforward installation,” says Mark.

The façade of a double storey home featuring rendered Hebel PowerProfile and dark grey and charcoal accents.

With its crisp, high-quality finish, PowerProfile helped King Homes’ Spice Home project stand out from the crowd.
Photographer: The Palm Co

So impressed with the Hebel range, the Kings took their work home with them, using Hebel to create a distinctively eye-catching, designer façade for their own forever home.

Create layers of texture

When paired with other textures and materials, Hebel can help you create an array of desirable looks. Many Hebel homes feature timber elements – cladding, panels, louvres, pillars and more. Sturdy yet lightweight, timber is a highly versatile building material that instantly draws the eye. When integrated into a home’s exterior, it provides a youthful, contemporary feel.

The façade of a pale double-storey Hebel home with light timber cladding.

This warm, inviting façade from Carter Grange features a combination of rendered Hebel and timber cladding.
Photography supplied by: Carter Grange

If you’ve fallen in love with the elegant and ever-popular Hamptons trend, try overlaying smooth, light-coloured rendered Hebel panels with neutral-tone weatherboard cladding and charcoal trims. Or, for a gorgeous Tuscan-style home, take inspiration from award-winning Queensland builder, Homes by CMA – by incorporating natural materials like stone into some of their façade designs, they have provided a contemporary take on a classic Mediterranean look.

The façade of a double-storey, Mediterranean-style home featuring rendered Hebel and stone detailing.

To recreate this gorgeous Mediterranean look from Homes by CMA, try adding stone details to your fully rendered Hebel home.

If you’ve got your heart set on a modern, minimalist façade, then look no further than Newport Homes’ array of stylish designs. Their Catalina display home has a particularly striking facade, with its rendered Hebel base, dark, textured timber and fascinating glasswork. A modern-retro house with breathtaking street appeal, it’s enough to make passers-by look back in wonder.

“With Hebel, we can achieve that beautiful, monolithic effect given it works as a sealed cavity, so there are no weepholes to interrupt the render, which brings immediate impact with a street appeal that is so highly sought after. Hebel have really set new standards in street appeal when it comes to rendered finishes and I don’t see a decrease in demand for this trusted, timeless look anytime soon,” says Anthony Camilleri, Director at Newport Homes.

The façade of a double-storey rendered Hebel display home with oversized glass windows and dark timber cladding.

The Catalina by Newport Homes is a modern-retro design with a rendered Hebel base and dark timber accents.
Photography supplied by: Newport Homes

Adding to Hebel’s appeal is the trusted technical reputation of Hebel materials. For Anthony, Hebel has immediate brand recognition. “One of the first questions we often receive is, ‘Do you use Hebel?’ Customers know Hebel provides a long-lasting façade that won’t crack or peel, which is a big draw card for customers wanting to build their forever home.”

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Hero image courtesy of: Latitude37 Homes

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