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Contemporary Exterior Ideas and Designs

With so much attention devoted to interior design, the exterior of a home can often get overlooked, but as the first thing that welcomes both us and our guests, it is worth devoting some time tending to the outside of your house. Furthermore, focusing on the contemporary kerb appeal of your home can add significant value if and when it comes time to sell up. Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian homes, with their bay windows and elegant plasterwork, often benefit from built in architecture advantages, but even if your house design is unassuming from the outside, small decorative and structural improvements to the contemporary exterior of your home can equal huge impact. Key areas of building design to focus on are the front door, the driveway or approach to your home, the porch area, the windows, the facade and the roof. And just a note of caution... before any significant contemporary exterior architecture gets under way, check first whether you need planning permission for your exterior house designs– this applies particularly to listed houses or buildings in a conservation area, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

How do I update my home’s facade?


When it comes to updating the facade of your home, painting is the quickest and most affordable way to achieve a contemporary makeover, and if you opt for a colour other than white it can really make a statement (although sticking within the palette of your road and local area is advisable). A makeover that requires a bit more patience but can add romance and character to the most mundane of homes is to adorn the walls with climbing plants – delicate trailing wisteria is ever a British favourite, whilst roses and jasmine offer fragrance as well as beauty.

If you’re looking to make more significant changes to the exterior of your home, whether that is adding timber cladding, hanging tiles, installing a bay window or rendering, then you should first check whether your house designs require planning permission. A New England style wood boarded home is beautiful and bright, but remember that it will need frequent repainting if it is going to stay looking its best, whilst stucco render or Tyrolean render can tidy up a home's exterior but think carefully before covering over original brickwork.

What should I consider if building a home from scratch?


If you’re working with an architect on a brand new build, the options are endless when it comes to deciding on the exterior architecture. But first things first, you will need to check planning permissions, building regulations and local restrictions, such as being in a conservation area, to make sure your plans for your exterior house designs will meet stipulations. If you are building in a street with predominantly Victorian facades, with bay windows and side returns, you might need to ensure your house designs fit in with the rest of the homes on the street, but if you’re building in a more remote area you’ll probably have more freedom for your building design.

There are many architectural decisions to make, do you want a flat, gabled, hipped, mansard or perhaps even a curved roof? Do you want bay windows? Crittall windows? Perhaps external shutters? Do you want glass walls? Do you want wood cladding? Do you want a very symmetrical building design or something more contemporary? The decision is all yours but remember to consider the benefits of various materials over others and the effects that some architecture styles will have on everyday life, for example glass walls will look attractive but will give you less privacy. Your architect or builder will be able to guide you through the best contemporary exterior architecture choices for your house designs.
This is an example of a large and white contemporary two floor render detached house in London with a flat roof.

This is an example of a large and white contemporary two floor render detached house in London with a flat roof.
Cladding - mmifsud

Inspiration for a white contemporary two floor detached house in Channel Islands with a pitched roof and a shingle roof.

William Layzell
Inspiration for a white contemporary two floor detached house in Channel Islands with a pitched roof and a shingle roof.
Love the curves - tinabhairspa

Inspiration for a contemporary exterior in London.

Jack Hobhouse
Inspiration for a contemporary exterior in London.
clay tiled dormer replaced with grey concrete cement board on loft - jldevereux

Design ideas for an expansive and beige contemporary two floor detached house in Devon with mixed cladding.

Luxury and Prestige Realty
Design ideas for an expansive and beige contemporary two floor detached house in Devon with mixed cladding.
lovely exterior - njengi

Inspiration for a brown contemporary brick detached house in London with three or more floors and a pitched roof.

Chris Snook
Inspiration for a brown contemporary brick detached house in London with three or more floors and a pitched roof.
Possibilities loft - fionamccreadie

Inspiration for a medium sized and red contemporary two floor exterior in Buckinghamshire with a flat roof.

James Morris
Inspiration for a medium sized and red contemporary two floor exterior in Buckinghamshire with a flat roof.

This is an example of a contemporary exterior in Other.

This is an example of a contemporary exterior in Other.
Bungalow rear - vtyler79

This is an example of a contemporary exterior in London with three or more floors and mixed cladding.

Simon Maxwell
This is an example of a contemporary exterior in London with three or more floors and mixed cladding.
using white fascia,black doors and coloured extension - barbara_mcc

Beige contemporary one floor detached house in London with wood cladding, a pitched roof and a metal roof.

Alexander James Photography
Beige contemporary one floor detached house in London with wood cladding, a pitched roof and a metal roof.

This is an example of a contemporary exterior in London.

Darren Chung
This is an example of a contemporary exterior in London.
Lighting - christopher_padfield

Contemporary exterior in London.

Contemporary exterior in London.
I think we should leave the end of the kitchen like the picture so that there is nothing instructing the view to the outside. I think if we put the pantry on the end it will block the view. - tony_sarkis56

This is an example of a large and white contemporary detached house in London with three or more floors and mixed cladding.

This is an example of a large and white contemporary detached house in London with three or more floors and mixed cladding.
render and windows - umar_faruque67

Contemporary exterior in London.

Simon Maxwell
Contemporary exterior in London.
Potential for north side of back garden - webuser_701057934

Gey contemporary render detached house in Manchester with a flat roof.

Daniel Hopkinson Architectural Photography
Gey contemporary render detached house in Manchester with a flat roof.
Small tree for drive? - blundesi

This is an example of a contemporary brick exterior in London with three or more floors.

This is an example of a contemporary brick exterior in London with three or more floors.
Not what we are looking for. We want something that blends into the environment - webuser_827110304

Design ideas for a contemporary two floor exterior in London with stone cladding.

Alan Williams Photography
Design ideas for a contemporary two floor exterior in London with stone cladding.
Use a light touchThis beautiful extension looks as if it has simply been dropped into place. It was formed by resting an oak rib and skin structure, clad in zinc, onto the brick party wall. A cosy seating area with slide-away corner glazing creates a space where the owners can sit and feel surrounded by the garden. - simon_pecovnik

Contemporary exterior in Hampshire with metal cladding.

Contemporary exterior in Hampshire with metal cladding.
Look at project - lots about it I like - georgieporgy

Large contemporary exterior in London.

David Butler
Large contemporary exterior in London.
the structure of the bunglow is very good - pravingarje1212

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