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South Shore Waterfront
South Shore Waterfront
Sally Weston Associates
Anthony Crisafulli
Example of a huge classic beige two-story stone house exterior design in Boston with a gambrel roof and a shingle roof
Seven Sticks Lakehouse
Seven Sticks Lakehouse
User
Built on telephone poles and once nicknamed "7 sticks house," a client with an existing house at Smith Lake (outside Birmingham) wanted to add on to maximize the view and their site. The site was comprised of a gaggle of scrappy pines and I wanted to honor their displacement with seven telephone poles. Using only one solid wall for the kitchen, all other sides are glass for a tree-house effect. The design won an AIA Award in 2007.
Sometimes Just Keep It Simple
Sometimes Just Keep It Simple
Koncept Design + Build
Client wanted to update their simple vinyl colonial to a modern farmhouse. We got some James Hardie board and batten siding, added a new front porch with a metal roof, and then added a little black and white Sherwin Williams paint.
Exterior
Exterior
Steven Mueller Architects, LLC
Steven Mueller Architects, LLC is a principle-based architectural firm located in the heart of Greenwich. The firm’s work exemplifies a personal commitment to achieving the finest architectural expression through a cooperative relationship with the client. Each project is designed to enhance the lives of the occupants by developing practical, dynamic and creative solutions. The firm has received recognition for innovative architecture providing for maximum efficiency and the highest quality of service. Photo: © Jim Fiora Studio LLC
Farmhouse Reinterpreted
Farmhouse Reinterpreted
Smith & Vansant Architects PC
Rob Karosis Photography www.robkarosis.com
Cottage wood exterior home photo in Burlington with a metal roof
Promontory 001
Promontory 001
Ezra Lee Design+Build
Inspiration for a contemporary multicolored exterior home remodel in Salt Lake City with a metal roof
Denver Mid-Century Modern Home - Rudofsky Residence
Denver Mid-Century Modern Home - Rudofsky Residence
HMH Architecture + Interiors
Photograph by Ron Forth
Inspiration for a 1950s exterior home remodel in Denver
Little Compton Passive House, RI
Little Compton Passive House, RI
European Architectural Supply
Our first Passive House project with ZeroEnergy Design. Schuco uPVC windows with triple-pane glass.
Inspiration for a small contemporary brown one-story wood exterior home remodel in Providence with a shingle roof
Jewel Box
Jewel Box
Wayne Windham Architect, P.A.
Farmhouse wood exterior home photo in Charleston
White Colonial House
White Colonial House
Normandy Remodeling
Normandy Designer Stephanie Bryant CKD worked closely with these Clarendon Hills homeowners to create a front porch entry that was not only welcoming to family and guests, but boosted the curb appeal of this traditional home.
Private Terrace & Lake
Private Terrace & Lake
James Cross Inc
Example of a trendy exterior home design in Miami
Contemporary Ranch style Home
Contemporary Ranch style Home
Design Discoveries
My client came to me after staying in an upscale Hotel in the Napa valley and had an idea to change her 1960's ranch into a contemporary style ranch home. The idea was to get rid of the stucco exterior, add several dormers that brought style and light as well as change the roof to a standing seam metal roof. The entire house had metamorphisized into a whole new home and brings together a very clean lined look.
Italian Modern
Italian Modern
JAUREGUI Architecture Interiors Construction
Mediterranean Modern
Inspiration for a mediterranean stucco exterior home remodel in Austin with a tile roof
Putter's Cabin
Putter's Cabin
Ward-Young Architecture & Planning - Truckee, CA
photo by Vance Fox
Example of a trendy metal exterior home design in Sacramento
Family+Pool Terrace
Family+Pool Terrace
modern house architects
Minimalist wood exterior home photo in San Francisco
Village of Highland Lakes
Village of Highland Lakes
Signature Homes
Signature Homes
Example of a large classic beige two-story mixed siding gable roof design in Birmingham
New Orleans Charm with a Private Courtyard
New Orleans Charm with a Private Courtyard
Highland Homes, Inc.
New Orleans Inspired Front Porch and Private Courtyard for great outdoor living.
Small traditional white two-story wood exterior home idea in New Orleans
Greenbrier Exterior
Greenbrier Exterior
Isler Homes
This classically designed French Manor house brings the timeless style of Paris to Texas. The roof is natural slate. The elevation is Cast Stone. The sidewalk is Leuters Limestone inset with Pennsylvania Bluestone.
San Carlos Craftsman 2nd Story Addition
San Carlos Craftsman 2nd Story Addition
Studio S Squared Architecture, Inc.
front elevation
Example of an arts and crafts wood exterior home design in San Francisco
Never underestimate the importance of a first impression! Home exteriors are the very first thing neighbors, visitors and prospective buyers see, so you want your house front design to impress. Whether you are considering an exterior remodel to upgrade your front elevation and resale value, or simply want to enhance your home’s aesthetic with a fresh paint color, choosing the right exterior design for your home is an important undertaking.

When exploring various exterior ideas, it is important to remember there are different phases with a home exterior makeover. Exterior remodeling is not much different than interior remodeling — both projects require careful consideration of all the components involved. If you're starting from scratch, browse exterior photos and determine what kind of home exterior design ideas you are drawn to, and which ones would be compatible with your current space. Once that's decided, consider materials and colors. Your overall home and neighborhood style will generally guide these selections, but your personal taste and resale ability should also be taken into consideration. When this phase is complete, you can then move on to researching exterior decorating ideas! Save your favorite exterior pictures to your Houzz ideabook and take notes on what kind of decorations you like and what would potentially work for your space. Adding some finishing touches to the facade, like exterior shutters, always guarantees a personalized, lived-in look, whereas something like exterior lighting is both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

Which home exterior design style will work for me?


There is a huge range of exterior designs to choose from — whether you're a traditionalist, minimalist or trendsetter, there is an architectural style that will work for you. If you like an old-fashioned look, consider a Victorian, Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, Tudor, Cape Cod or Craftsman home. For sleek, modern exteriors, think about a Prairie style, art deco, modern or midcentury design. Alternatively, if you want your home to have regional character, go with a mediterranean, Southwestern or tropical style. Ultimately, consider your location, style, budget and current home layout before finalizing your exterior remodeling ideas and plans.

What exterior house colors and materials should I use?


The materials you end up using for your exterior remodel are often determined by the overall style of the house. When perusing exterior ideas for more traditional homes, you’ll notice that exteriors are usually comprised of brick and wood shingles, while stone and metal siding are popular contemporary options for more modern homes. If you’re on a tight budget, vinyl siding is a more affordable option; if money is not an issue, stone is beautiful but will cost quite a bit more. Although there is some leeway in the materials you use, be sure they accurately reflect your home’s overall style.

If you're not quite ready for a full-on remodel, there are still several exterior ideas you can put to work. Simple things like changing up the trim and paint colors will make a noticeable impact — try to pick a neutral primary color, like beige, brown or gray. If you want to stray from the norm with bright accents, try painting your front door or garage door something bright, such as red, green, blue or yellow.

How do I decorate my home exterior?


As you consider various exterior decorating ideas, you’ll notice that less is more; a few decorative elements spice up your home's architectural style but too many can make your exterior design look cluttered and chaotic. House numbers are a great way to add personality; you can try a unique font or brighter colors for a different look. Mailboxes, doormats and unique exterior lighting also help enhance your house's facade, and when the holiday season rolls around, don't forget about decorations! Landscaping is also key to a well designed exterior, so choose plants and hardscaping that will play nicely with the decor to provide a welcoming look.

Whether you want inspiration for planning an exterior home renovation or are building a designer exterior home from scratch, Houzz has 1,322,770 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including European Architectural Supply and Steven Mueller Architects, LLC. Look through exterior home pictures in different colors and styles and when you find an exterior home 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 home photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.