1. House Exterior

House Exterior Ideas and Designs

Upper Park, Private Residence
Upper Park, Private Residence
F3 Architects
Large and beige victorian brick terraced house in London with four floors.
Jura House
Jura House
Scott Donald Architecture
Daniel Hopkinson Architectural Photography
Design ideas for a contemporary house exterior in Manchester.
St Julian's Farm Road
St Julian's Farm Road
Luxdon Properties
Outside garden space
Design ideas for a medium sized traditional brick house exterior in London with three floors.
Cruden Street
Cruden Street
James Jones Photography
This is an example of a brown traditional brick terraced house in Vancouver with three floors, a pitched roof and a tiled roof.
Edinburgh
Edinburgh
Pioneer Log Homes of BC/BCos Logs
Exterior of a Pioneer Log Home of BC
This is an example of a brown and medium sized rustic detached house in Edinburgh with wood cladding, a pitched roof, a metal roof and three floors.
Contemporary Country House
Contemporary Country House
Steve Davies Photography
Photo of a country house exterior in London.
X Factor House
X Factor House
Pennington Phillips
This is an example of a large and white contemporary detached house in London with three floors and mixed cladding.
Baxter Green exterior
Baxter Green exterior
My Furniture
Inspiration for a contemporary house exterior in Other.
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.
Hackney House
Hackney House
APE Architecture and Design Ltd.
Peter Landers
Inspiration for a medium sized and beige traditional two floor brick detached house in London with a pitched roof and a shingle roof.
Dissolve House
Dissolve House
Dominic McKenzie Architects
Will Pryce
This is an example of a red traditional brick terraced house in London with three floors and a pitched roof.
Listed house in the South Downs
Listed house in the South Downs
Scot Masker
Listed house and landscape
Design ideas for a large and multi-coloured classic detached house in Hampshire with three floors, stone cladding, a pitched roof and a tiled roof.
Glass House
Glass House
Corylus
Design ideas for a brown contemporary two floor glass detached house in Gloucestershire with a flat roof.
Bailey House
Bailey House
Concept 8 Architects
Rear extension, photo by David Butler
This is an example of a medium sized and red traditional two floor brick detached house in Surrey with a hip roof and a tiled roof.
Large Country Garden, Hampshire
Large Country Garden, Hampshire
Elks-Smith Landscape and Garden Design
Image Copyright Richard Bloom
Design ideas for a gey traditional detached house in Hampshire with three floors, a pitched roof, a shingle roof and a black roof.
Project: Yew Tree House
Project: Yew Tree House
IQ Glass UK
A glass extension to a grade II listed cottage with specialist glazing design and install by IQ Glass.
Photo of a medium sized and beige country brick house exterior in London with three floors and a hip roof.
Eden Holiday Hideaways
Eden Holiday Hideaways
Inside Story Photography
Tracey Bloxham, Inside Story Photography
This is an example of a small and brown contemporary house exterior in Other with wood cladding, a shingle roof and a lean-to roof.
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.
Sussex House
Sussex House
Wilkinson King Architects
Paul Riddle
Photo of a large and beige modern two floor detached house in London with mixed cladding and a flat roof.
Witherington Road by IBLA
Witherington Road by IBLA
Inglis Badrashi Loddo Architects
Brotherton Lock
Inspiration for a medium sized modern brick terraced house 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 1,289,916 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Thanakorn Chin and Corylus. 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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