House Exterior Ideas and Designs

116 Grosvenor Road N10
116 Grosvenor Road N10
Egg Architecture
Paulina Sobzcak
Design ideas for a contemporary brick terraced house in London with three floors.
Hampton
Hampton
London Urban - Intelligent Construction
Photo of a medium sized and white scandi house exterior in London with a pitched roof.
Fleet House
Fleet House
Webb Yates Engineers
Sitting under the shadow of Hampstead Heath, Fleet House is a brick clad, new-build family home in a conservation area in North London. Architect: Stanton Williams. Photographer: Jack Hobhouse
West London Renovation Project - RBD Archiecture & Interiors
West London Renovation Project - RBD Archiecture & Interiors
RBD Architecture & Interiors
Mews House Redevelopment Including Basement Extension
Traditional house exterior in London.
Beecroft
Beecroft
Studio J Architects
The property was originally a bungalow that had had a loft conversion with 2 bedrooms squeezed in and poor access. The ground floor layout was dated and not functional for how the client wanted to live. In order to convert the bungalow into a true 2 storey house, we raised the roof and created a new stair and landing / hallway. This allowed the property to have 3 large bedrooms and 2 bathrooms plus an open study area on the first floor. To the ground floor we created a open plan kitchen-dining-living room, a separate snug, utility, WC and further bedroom with en-suite.
Conservatory, Ballatar
Conservatory, Ballatar
Mozolowski & Murray
Photo of a beige farmhouse two floor detached house in Other with stone cladding, a pitched roof and a shingle roof.
Modern home in Hampshire
Modern home in Hampshire
Architog
Ryan Cowan
Modern house exterior in Oxfordshire.
Lakeside House
Lakeside House
Corylus
Design ideas for a beige contemporary detached house in Gloucestershire with three floors, mixed cladding and a flat roof.
Glamourous and Bespoke New-build House
Glamourous and Bespoke New-build House
ArchiNature Photography
This is an example of a large and multi-coloured modern detached house in London with mixed cladding.
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.
Woodcote House
Woodcote House
Paul Cashin Architects
Situated just north of the village of Upham, near Winchester, is Woodcote House. Nestled amongst the rolling chalk hills of the South Downs National Park, this contemporary house replaces a series of brick buildings that had fallen into disrepair. After achieving permission at appeal, work started on the house in 2017 and took two years to build. The property includes four large bedrooms, each with ensuite, and countryside views from spacious open-plan living, dining and kitchen areas which feature wide expanses of glazing. Carefully considered details have been incorporated into the design, such as bespoke joinery for the fireplace and bathrooms, specially fabricated slimline copings and cladding sections, and brick cantilevers that complement the modern proposals. The rural facing brick was chosen to reference the memory of the buildings that this home replaces, whilst the landscape (design by Andy McIndoe) has been shaped and planted to help the house settle into the landscape. Internally the house has a simple layout, with single level large open plan living and kitchen spaces, and further accommodation areas split amongst two levels. A central spine links these spaces via a minimal timber staircase. Outside spaces are linked to the ground floor rooms with terraces and views to the South Downs, particularly to the north across the large gardens. The house meets Code 4 of the Sustainable Homes criteria with it's natural ventilation strategy and high level of insulation. This project is a collaboration between Paul Cashin Architects and Design Engine.
Country garden
Country garden
Jo Thompson Landscape & Garden Design
Will Scott
This is an example of an expansive and beige classic detached house in Sussex with mixed cladding, a hip roof and three floors.
Jura House
Jura House
Scott Donald Architecture
Daniel Hopkinson Architectural Photography
Design ideas for a contemporary house exterior in Manchester.
The Bolton's Iceberg
The Bolton's Iceberg
EMR Architecture
Design ideas for a classic house exterior in London.
Watson House Annexe
Watson House Annexe
Richard Chivers Architectural Photography
This is an example of a beige contemporary house exterior in Hampshire with wood cladding, a pitched roof and a metal roof.
Little Poulton Lane Development
Little Poulton Lane Development
Carters Building Consultancy
This is an example of a contemporary house exterior in Gloucestershire.
New Build by Natural Angle, private residence
New Build by Natural Angle, private residence
Natural Angle
Materials supplied by Natural Angle including Marble, Limestone, Granite, Sandstone, Wood Flooring and Block Paving.
Inspiration for a white classic two floor render detached house in Buckinghamshire with a hip roof and a shingle roof.
Period conversion, London NW5
Period conversion, London NW5
Southstudio Architects
Clive Doyle
This is an example of a brown traditional brick terraced house in London with three floors and a flat roof.
73 Avenue Road N14
73 Avenue Road N14
Egg Architecture
Paulina Sobzcak
Medium sized and beige contemporary two floor house exterior in London with wood cladding and a flat roof.
Heath House
Heath House
Henty-Langella Design
This is an example of a traditional house exterior in London.
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 a house exterior renovation or are building a designer house exterior from scratch, Houzz has 1,298,136 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including TaniaGouli and Henty-Langella Design. Look through house exterior photos in different colours and styles and when you find a house 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 house exterior ideas photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.
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