1. Exterior

Exterior Ideas and Designs

Private House, Jersey
Private House, Jersey
Layzell Architects
William Layzell
Inspiration for a white contemporary two floor detached house in Channel Islands with a pitched roof and a shingle roof.
Extensions and internal refurbishment of a family home in Kilburn
Extensions and internal refurbishment of a family home in Kilburn
VORBILD Architecture
Photo by Chris Snook
Photo of a medium sized and brown contemporary two floor brick terraced house in London with a flat roof and a metal roof.
Somerset House
Somerset House
Belvedere
Inspiration for a large traditional brick detached house in Surrey with three floors and a hip roof.
The Fairway
The Fairway
Concept 8 Architects
David Butler
Design ideas for a white contemporary two floor render detached house in Surrey with a hip roof and a metal roof.
The Lawns - Kudos
The Lawns - Kudos
Ray Schram - Professional Photographer
Ray Schram
Inspiration for a small and black contemporary one floor detached house in Other with a hip roof.
Contemporary Exterior
Contemporary Exterior
Inspiration for a medium sized and beige contemporary terraced house in London with three floors, metal cladding and a flat roof.
Scarlet Hall
Scarlet Hall
Unique Homestays
Unique Home Stays
Inspiration for an expansive farmhouse two floor brick detached house in Cheshire with a hip roof.
Exterior wall mosaic -backdrop to pond
Exterior wall mosaic -backdrop to pond
Christine Harrison Fine Art and Mosaics
Christine Harrison
Large eclectic brick exterior in Hertfordshire with a shingle roof.
Bottor Cottage, Hennock, Dartmoor
Bottor Cottage, Hennock, Dartmoor
van Ellen + Sheryn Architects
Richard Downer
This is an example of a large and beige farmhouse two floor detached house in Devon with stone cladding and a pitched roof.
Holmbury View_Exterior
Holmbury View_Exterior
LEASK ARCHITECTURE
Jo Bridges
Urban two floor brick semi-detached house in London.
Residential
Residential
Rob Barrow Photography
This is an example of an expansive and multi-coloured classic brick detached house in Cheshire with three floors, a tiled roof and a pitched roof.
Camden Mews House
Camden Mews House
Studio 30 Architects
A substantial extension and remodelling of a modest mews house within the Camden Square Conservation Area. A three-storey timber clad side extension and roof extension was added to considerably expand the accommodation for this growing family. The ground floor contains a large open-plan kitchen / diner and a new double-volume living room to the rear. The two upper floors provide five bedrooms, three bathrooms and two large home-offices. Finished in high quality oak and brick, this scheme balanced the requirements of the client and the sensitive planning context whilst meeting the structural and acoustic challenges proposed by its close proximity to an underground railway line.
Greenacre
Greenacre
Martins Camisuli Architects
Photography by Alex Maguire Photography This house had been re built over the past 12 years. We were asked to redesign the attic to create a new master bedroom with a bathroom and a walk in wardrobe.
Exteriors
Exteriors
Grant Ritchie Photography
Grant Ritchie
Inspiration for a white and large traditional two floor brick detached house in Other with a hip roof and a shingle roof.
Wimbledon Refurbishment and Extension
Wimbledon Refurbishment and Extension
Arch.photos
Photography by arch.photos
Large contemporary exterior in London.
Modern home in Hampshire
Modern home in Hampshire
Architog
Ryan Cowan
Photo of a modern exterior in Oxfordshire.
Victorian Villa
Victorian Villa
Milk Architecture & Design
The generous proportions of this Victorian Villa allowed us to create an expansive family home for our clients. We retained and enhanced the traditional features and proportions of the original house then modernised its jumble of rear extensions to create contemporary spaces connected to the garden. A full basement was formed beneath the property to add luxurious health facilities; a tranquil spa, swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym. The basement spaces are lit with daylight from generous traditional front light wells and crisp glass floor lights. The neglected attic was converted and connected to the rest of the home to provide a private master suite with double bathroom, his and hers dressing rooms, lounge and bedroom. Photography by Jaap Oepkes
Kent - Meisterstück-HAUS
Kent - Meisterstück-HAUS
Thinking Buildings
External View
Multi-coloured contemporary two floor detached house in Other with mixed cladding and a flat roof.
Oxford rear house extension photographed for Studio13 Architect
Oxford rear house extension photographed for Studio13 Architect
Architog
Ryan Cowan
This is an example of a large and blue nautical semi-detached house in Oxfordshire with three floors, wood cladding and a hip roof.
SELF-BUILD PERIOD ECO HOUSE
SELF-BUILD PERIOD ECO HOUSE
Stamford Stone Co. at Home
Photo of a medium sized farmhouse render detached house in Cambridgeshire with three floors and a hip roof.
Recent Projects
Recent Projects
Legendary Landscapes Ltd
Design ideas for an expansive classic two floor detached house in Devon.
Sharnbrook Bungalow Extension & Refurbishment
Sharnbrook Bungalow Extension & Refurbishment
Imogen Jack
This is an example of a multi-coloured rural two floor detached house in Other with mixed cladding, a pitched roof and a tiled roof.
Harringay Kitchen
Harringay Kitchen
Jacob Alexander Cabinet Makers
In collaboration with Merrett Houmøller Architects
Design ideas for a medium sized and black contemporary terraced house in London with wood cladding, three floors and a pitched roof.
Western Road
Western Road
Footprint Architects Ltd
Footprint Architects were called to re-design a private house in Poole. The design responded appropriately to the surrounding context, and ensured that the changes did not adversely impact on existing surroundings. Creating a flexible living space that is thermally efficient and takes advantage of the site views. The porch and glazed link replacement has been upgraded to improve its quality and the buildings thermal efficiency.
Home Park Road
Home Park Road
User
Brown classic two floor brick detached house in London with a pitched roof and a shingle roof.
Hampstead, London - Residential
Hampstead, London - Residential
Peach Studio
Design ideas for a medium sized and brown traditional two floor brick detached house in London with a pitched roof and a tiled roof.
Family Home in North London
Family Home in North London
Clifton SMR
Graham Gaunt
Large contemporary detached house in London with three floors.
Shireburn Road
Shireburn Road
Clear Living Ltd
This is an example of a medium sized contemporary two floor detached house in Cheshire with wood cladding and a flat roof.
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 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 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 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.

Take a look through the house designs, exterior architecture and images of front doors and driveways on Houzz to inspire your facade or building design, or read on for a few more pointers when it comes to redesigning your exterior.

How do I give my home an exterior facelift?


You may feel like your home’s exterior architecture is unalterable but there are a wide range of options available to improve its external building design, no matter what raw materials you begin with. Begin with the front door and the pathway or driveway that lead up to your home as these are easy to improve without huge budgets. A driveway or pathway must be kept neat and tidy and you can consider replacing tarmac with attractive tiles or gravel. Repainting or replacing the fence, wall or gate that fronts your home can also offer an overnight transformation without breaking the bank. An area to not cut corners however is the front door, where spending a little extra can make a huge difference in quality, and painting it in a colour you love will pay you back every time it welcomes you home! Updating your windows can be a significant building design project but it is one that has benefits both inside and out, as well as potentially saving you money on energy later. If you are lucky enough to have period windows such as bay windows with sash or leaded windows, then maintaining them should be a top priority, but if they are beyond repair then there are plenty of window professionals that will offer modern, double or triple glazed equivalents that could still work in your bay window. Working with uPVC? Not a problem – the best improvement you can make is to ensure your windows are the right size and shape for your home's overall proportions.

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 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 exterior architecture choices for your house designs.

Whether you want inspiration for planning an exterior renovation or are building a designer exterior from scratch, Houzz has 1,212,842 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Clear Living Ltd and Peach Studio. Look through exterior photos in different colours and styles and when you find an exterior design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful exterior ideas photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.
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