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Exterior Design Ideas

Epping House
Epping House
Justin Loe Architects
The Open-Plan living extension seamlessly integrates itself into the Natural Environment.
Inspiration for a mid-sized contemporary one-storey black house exterior in Sydney with wood siding, a metal roof and a flat roof.
97W Point Piper
97W Point Piper
TDDP architects
This is an example of a large contemporary three-storey brick white house exterior in Sydney with a flat roof, a metal roof and a grey roof.
Seaforth Family Home, Sydney, Australia
Seaforth Family Home, Sydney, Australia
Georgina Wilson Architect
The entrance to this coastal residence was completely reoriented to create a welcoming path to the home.
Contemporary two-storey white house exterior in Sydney with stone veneer.
Camp Hill Hamptons
Camp Hill Hamptons
User
This is an example of a beach style two-storey blue house exterior in Brisbane with a gable roof, a metal roof, a grey roof and clapboard siding.
Macmasters Beach
Macmasters Beach
P.Built Constructions
Beach style exterior in Central Coast.
Wembley
Wembley
Refined Edge Homes
This is an example of a contemporary one-storey white house exterior in Perth with a shed roof.
Bushland House
Bushland House
Arcke Pty Ltd
Inspiration for a contemporary white house exterior in Brisbane with a shed roof.
Bentleigh House
Bentleigh House
MMAD Architecture
Photo of a contemporary exterior in Melbourne.
Mosman Park House
Mosman Park House
Robeson Architects
Timber cladding
Photo of a contemporary exterior in Perth.
Elsternwick
Elsternwick
Modscape
Design ideas for a contemporary exterior in Melbourne.
Poppy's Farm
Poppy's Farm
Hume Building
Poppy's Farm Exterior
Photo of a large country one-storey grey house exterior in Other with wood siding, a metal roof and a white roof.
2020 Gold, Residential over 150m², Wyer & Co
2020 Gold, Residential over 150m², Wyer & Co
AILDM
Inspiration for a contemporary exterior in Sydney.
Portsea Beach House
Portsea Beach House
Mitsuori Architects
This is an example of a beach style exterior in Melbourne.
Contemporary Exterior
Contemporary Exterior
Contemporary two-storey exterior in Perth with a metal roof.
Bondi Residence 2
Bondi Residence 2
The Quinlan Group
Inspiration for a contemporary two-storey house exterior in Sydney.
Vanquish - Certified Passive House
Vanquish - Certified Passive House
Solaire
Inspiration for a mid-sized contemporary two-storey black house exterior in Brisbane with wood siding.
Quarry Residence
Quarry Residence
Neater Constructions (Q) Pty Ltd
Design ideas for a modern two-storey white house exterior in Cairns with a flat roof.
Knockdown Rebuild with new garage, outdoor dining and pool area
Knockdown Rebuild with new garage, outdoor dining and pool area
The Site Foreman
The Site Foreman, Sydney Architects and Project Managers, managed the design, tender and project management for this magnificent custom design new build in Pennant Hills. The original single level dwelling was demolished and a new two-storey home with the additions of a garage, pool and outdoor dining area to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of the bush.
Sunshine Beach Coastal Luxury
Sunshine Beach Coastal Luxury
DECO Australia
DecoBatten finished in DecoWood Spotted Gum. - Fire-safe non-combustible solid aluminium - Low maintenance & ideal for exterior applications - Quick and easy installation - DIY friendly - Marine grade, Super Durable finishes available - Australian Standards compliant, Australian designed, made and owned - Architectually designed, aesthetically pleasing
Bach House
Bach House
Walk Studio
Design ideas for a contemporary exterior in Sunshine Coast.
The front exterior of your home – the driveway, front yard, verandah and entrance – is a fantastic place to start making that all-important first impression on house guests. Even mailboxes and house numbers can have a wonderful way of grabbing people’s attention. The architectural design should reflect the overall style of your house and the family that live there; while your choice of materials will help your house blend in with its surrounds.

Browse the photos on Houzz for ideas and inspiration for the exterior of your house, and strike up a conversation with the architects and designers of your favourite picks. You’ll find house designs for contemporary, eclectic, modern, traditional styles and more.

How do I decide on the exterior style of my home?


Your location, overall sense of style, budget and current home layout will dictate the style of your exterior. If you’re renovating a period home, the materials and features you use should reflect the date in which it was built, while a unique colour scheme could add contemporary flair.

New homes may prefer to look to modern or contemporary designs with structural simplicity, whereas, if you live by the ocean, a beach-style design may better suit your locale. That’s not to say you can’t build a new home that has period influences. If you’re a traditionalist, you can borrow architectural details from the Art Deco period, for instance, or use finishes that reflect more of a Scandinavian style, too.

What exterior house colours and materials should I use?


Traditional homes typically use brick and timber building materials, while stone, board-formed concrete and metal cladding are popular contemporary options. Again, the materials you use will depend on your location and the statement you want to make. Your budget will also affect your choice. Vinyl siding is affordable and easy to install, while stone is more expensive but durable and low maintenance.

If you’re not ready to renovate but want to update the exterior of your home, you can still paint it. Look to your neighbours when choosing exterior house colours. Consider the streetscape and what type of colours are already in use, firstly, so you don’t replicate next door’s shade; and secondly, so you don’t stand out like a sore thumb. If you’re renovating a period home, you could paint features or intricate details in a bold, standout hue. Front doors, garage doors and window trims also look great in eye-catching colours, even if the rest of the house’s facade is neutral.

How can I maximise my home’s street appeal?


To spice up your home’s architectural design, landscape the surrounding area with plants and pathways that accent the style of your home. If you just need a quick revamp, look at your cement and pavers – these can split and crack over time; and repairing or replacing them can do wonders for your street appeal, especially if it’s a large area like your driveway. Plants, garden paths or low walls can can also add structure to your front yard.

Light up your home with sufficient outdoor lighting to make walking up to the front door easy at night. You could use bollard lights along your entry path, or replace tiny wall sconces with statement pendant lighting at the entrance or on your verandah. Decorative elements such as house numbers, mailboxes and doormats will also add character. And if you're looking to sell your house, it may be worth hiring a stylist to help make the most of your property.

Whether you want inspiration for planning an exterior renovation or are building a designer exterior from scratch, Houzz has 1,291,875 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including AILDM and DECO Australia. 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.