Exterior Design Ideas

The front exterior of your home – the driveway, front yard, verandah and entrance – is a fantastic place to start making that all-important first impression on house guests. Even mailboxes and house numbers can have a wonderful way of grabbing people’s attention. The architectural design should reflect the overall style of your house and the family that live there; while your choice of materials will help your house blend in with its surrounds.

Browse the photos on Houzz for ideas and inspiration for the exterior of your house, and strike up a conversation with the architects and designers of your favourite picks. You’ll find house designs for contemporary, eclectic, modern, traditional styles and more.

How do I decide on the exterior style of my home?


Your location, overall sense of style, budget and current home layout will dictate the style of your exterior. If you’re renovating a period home, the materials and features you use should reflect the date in which it was built, while a unique colour scheme could add contemporary flair.

New homes may prefer to look to modern or contemporary designs with structural simplicity, whereas, if you live by the ocean, a beach-style design may better suit your locale. That’s not to say you can’t build a new home that has period influences. If you’re a traditionalist, you can borrow architectural details from the Art Deco period, for instance, or use finishes that reflect more of a Scandinavian style, too.

What exterior house colours and materials should I use?


Traditional homes typically use brick and timber building materials, while stone, board-formed concrete and metal cladding are popular contemporary options. Again, the materials you use will depend on your location and the statement you want to make. Your budget will also affect your choice. Vinyl siding is affordable and easy to install, while stone is more expensive but durable and low maintenance.

If you’re not ready to renovate but want to update the exterior of your home, you can still paint it. Look to your neighbours when choosing exterior house colours. Consider the streetscape and what type of colours are already in use, firstly, so you don’t replicate next door’s shade; and secondly, so you don’t stand out like a sore thumb. If you’re renovating a period home, you could paint features or intricate details in a bold, standout hue. Front doors, garage doors and window trims also look great in eye-catching colours, even if the rest of the house’s facade is neutral.

How can I maximise my home’s street appeal?


To spice up your home’s architectural design, landscape the surrounding area with plants and pathways that accent the style of your home. If you just need a quick revamp, look at your cement and pavers – these can split and crack over time; and repairing or replacing them can do wonders for your street appeal, especially if it’s a large area like your driveway. Plants, garden paths or low walls can can also add structure to your front yard.

Light up your home with sufficient outdoor lighting to make walking up to the front door easy at night. You could use bollard lights along your entry path, or replace tiny wall sconces with statement pendant lighting at the entrance or on your verandah. Decorative elements such as house numbers, mailboxes and doormats will also add character. And if you're looking to sell your house, it may be worth hiring a stylist to help make the most of your property.

Streetscape
Another option of a nice glass home built square - luboo_solomon

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white with orange door - nicky_richardson41

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Gerts - raewyn_perry66

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The front facade and fence were heritage protected, so we painted them the best of the approved colours, and Kate Seddon was engaged to do the beautiful garden Photographer: Shannon McGrath

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Front of house? - sarita_gilbertson

CIRCA 1904, this modest Edwardian terrace house was restored to provide an open plan living space integrated from front to back. A significant circulation re-organisation enabled significant additional floorspace, quality light and ventilation to be created within the existing envelope of the terrace house. The challenge was to increase the natural light into the existing cellular room arrangement. Our solution, was to relocate the stiars from the centre of the house and align them with the party wall. The exposed brickwork, rich with the patina of use is celebated like an archeological dig. Where once a chimney stood, now a shaft of light flows. The long steel and glass sky-roof echoes the former breezeway it replaced.
Style/colours - keirapeaches

Mind the Gap
We like to hava a open cosy area outside with bbq and pza oven and protected from the sun. Again the big windows, wood ans stone mix - roy_and_ann

Photography: Robert Walsh @robertwphoto Builder: Siltala Constructions, www.siltalaconstructions.com.au
pavers - glenys_blain

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