House Rendering: How it's Done, Pros, Cons, Plus Inspiring Projects

partially rendered house with exposed stone
(Image credit: Ben Knight)

House rendering is one of the most common forms of cladding used on contemporary homes, and for good reason. There are many types of render, each lending themselves to certain uses that ensures there's a render perfectly suited to virtually any type of property — from lime renders helping old properties breathe to contemporary, crisp Monocouche renders. 

When it comes to contemporary ideas for house cladding, rendering is often used as part of a range of materials to create interesting, striking homes. Properties that also use the likes of timber or stone cladding rely on rendered finishes as a supporting character, balancing the look of the house and adding areas of relief to intense, busy finishes. 

Mark Brinkley

Mark is the author of the ever-popular Housebuilder’s Bible and an experienced builder. The Housebuilder’s Bible is the go-to hardback for self builders; originally published in 1994, it is updated every two years with up-to-date build costs and information on planning and building regulations, and is currently in its 14th reiteration.

He has written for publications such as Homebuilding & Renovating for over three decades. An experienced self builder, his latest self build, a contemporary eco home built to Passivhaus principles, was created on a tight urban brownfield plot.