A REGULAR facelift for Government House is expected to take more than $3.3 million from public coffers in the coming fiscal year. The project, conducted every four to five years, will bring expenditure on Government House works from $496,000 last year to $3.7 million this year - an increase of more than 700 per cent. According to the Governor's private secretary, Mr Bowen Leung, the money will cover general external repairs, such as painting outside walls and replacing old window frames, as well as internal redecoration. The project will not include any structural change to the design of Government House, he said. The Government has also earmarked another $2.75 million for upgrading public areas of the Governor's residence. Mr Leung said this was a one-off grant for putting in a new floor in the main reception area, which was open to the public on certain occasions. ''We have no record when we did it last time, but probably it must be decades ago,'' he said. The work was part of the project to renovate the reception area, and expenses for the consultant's fee and fitting-out works would be contributed by the Trade Development Council (TDC), Mr Leung said. The TDC is currently using Government House as a venue for some of its functions. More details will be given at the Legislative Council's Finance Committee meeting on Friday.