1. House Exterior

House Exterior Ideas and Designs

The Fable
The Fable
Unique Homestays
This is an example of a medium sized shabby-chic style two floor detached house in Cornwall with a pink house and a pitched roof.
Cornish Beach House Exterior
Cornish Beach House Exterior
Anya Rice Photography
Interior Designer: Sims Hilditch Photographer: Anya Rice Stylist: Katherine Sorrell
Photo of a white beach style two floor detached house in Cornwall with a hip roof and a shingle roof.
Farmhouse Extension & Refurbishment
Farmhouse Extension & Refurbishment
Cortec Ltd
Inspiration for a brown rural two floor detached house in Surrey with mixed cladding, a hip roof and a shingle roof.
White House
White House
Guy Phoenix | Luxury Homes and Interiors
Photo of a modern house exterior in Other.
A Village Farmhouse
A Village Farmhouse
Richard Parr + Associates
A Cotswold village house was stripped back to its core, refurbished and then extended. The purpose being to create an expansive, airy and dramatic space. A space that flows and works for both family life and entertaining whilst still complimenting the existing house.
Lamorna
Lamorna
Charlie Luxton Design
Conversion of a bungalow in to a low energy family home.
Inspiration for a large and beige scandinavian two floor detached house in Oxfordshire with wood cladding, a pitched roof and a metal roof.
Honeywick
Honeywick
Studio Mark Ruthven - Somerset
Graham Gaunt
Photo of a large and beige traditional two floor brick detached house in Other with a hip roof and a shingle roof.
Contemporary Surrey Home
Contemporary Surrey Home
MY MY Photography
MY MY Photography
Inspiration for a brown contemporary detached house in Surrey.
House Bond
House Bond
Baufritz (UK) Limited
Baufritz home in Buckinghamshire
This is an example of a white contemporary detached house in Cambridgeshire with three floors and mixed cladding.
Maslen Road
Maslen Road
JLArchitecture
Rear elevaton
Medium sized contemporary two floor detached house in Hertfordshire with mixed cladding.
Luxury Development in Surrey
Luxury Development in Surrey
Timberlook - Heritage Flush Sash Windows & Doors
A suite of Timberlook products was permitted in a luxury development. This exclusive residential area required new build developments to choose windows and doors with care. The traditional style and period details of our windows and doors are sympathetic to the surrounding architecture, while also ensuring that the home is thermally efficient and secure. Almost indistinguishable from real timber externally, yet unlike expensive wooden windows. The timber-effect uPVC will not require ongoing painting or treatment, nor will they eventually be welded shut with layers of paint. Frames will not warp, twist, shrink or swell with the weather. We offer free colour swatches, frame samples, and quick quotes - get in touch today to discuss your next renovation or building project.
Edwardian family home in Putney
Edwardian family home in Putney
Theo Tzia - Architectural Photographer London
Theo Tzia
Design ideas for a scandi house exterior in London.
Ga Ga Barn
Ga Ga Barn
Brown&Co LLP
Joakim Boren
This is an example of a large and beige rural house exterior in Other with stone cladding, a pitched roof and a tiled roof.
Residential Homes
Residential Homes
Mays Photography
Red classic brick detached house in London with a shingle roof.
Modern home in Hampshire
Modern home in Hampshire
Architog
Ryan Cowan
Modern house exterior in Oxfordshire.
Full Home Contemporary Refurbishmen
Full Home Contemporary Refurbishmen
Pike & Partners
Design ideas for a medium sized and white contemporary two floor detached house in London.
Sandringham Road
Sandringham Road
Gresford Architects Ltd
This is an example of a medium sized contemporary brick terraced house in Oxfordshire.
Ibiza Guest House
Ibiza Guest House
Davydov Bespoke
The overal house view
Photo of a white two floor render detached house in London with a flat roof.
Riverside House
Riverside House
Concept 8 Architects
Contemporary house exterior in Surrey.
Alchemy Hill
Alchemy Hill
Unique Homestays
Unique Home Stays
Design ideas for a large farmhouse render detached house in Other with three floors, a hip roof, a shingle roof and an orange house.
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 1,291,217 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Guy Phoenix | Luxury Homes and Interiors and Gresford Architects Ltd. 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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