Exterior Design Ideas

Fairlight House 02
Fairlight House 02
mm+j architects
Clarke & Humel
Inspiration for a mid-sized traditional one-storey grey house exterior in Sydney with a gable roof and a tile roof.
The Strand
The Strand
Urbane Projects Pty Ltd
Photo of a contemporary exterior in Perth.
Boulevard House
Boulevard House
Green Sheep Collective
Inspiration for an expansive contemporary two-storey grey house exterior in Melbourne with a flat roof.
Marysville
Marysville
Hamilton Design
Photo of a contemporary one-storey brown house exterior in Sydney with metal siding and a flat roof.
Recent Projects in Brisbane
Recent Projects in Brisbane
Hadzi Constructions
Design ideas for a contemporary exterior in Brisbane.
New Home - Mt Martha
New Home - Mt Martha
dcf design group
Design ideas for a contemporary exterior in Melbourne.
Victorian Escape
Victorian Escape
Bumph & Scumble
This is an example of a victorian one-storey white house exterior in Newcastle - Maitland with a hip roof and a metal roof.
Mooloolaba Residence
Mooloolaba Residence
BRD Group
Design ideas for a large contemporary three-storey multi-coloured house exterior in Sunshine Coast with a metal roof, mixed siding and a shed roof.
Albert St
Albert St
McNally Architects
Transitional one-storey brick red house exterior in Sydney with a hip roof and a tile roof.
Luxe 296
Luxe 296
ArdenHomes
This is an example of a contemporary exterior in Geelong.
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.
Torrens Valley House
Torrens Valley House
Mountford Williamson Architecture
This contemporary pavilion extends an existing heritage stone cottage in the Adelaide Hills. The property has been used for many years by the owners as a weekender and for holiday stays. The extended family had outgrown the small cottage and required more space for living and entertaining. The addition provides new living, dining, master bedroom and outdoor spaces. Alterations and refurbishments have also been carried out to the old cottage which becomes bedrooms and secondary living space. The pavilion addition compliments and contrasts with the old cottage. It is designed in way that does not compete with or overwhelm the character of the old cottage. The roofline of the new pavilion is kept low and flat which helps emphasise the pitched roof and heavy chimneys of the cottage and creates a balance between the old and new. The openness of the new pavilion contrasts with the cellular nature of the existing cottage, which has been repurposed as bedrooms and secondary living spaces. The heavy stone walls and small windows make the old cottage the perfect place for this – solid, quiet, and peaceful. The old and new are separated with a small glazed corridor link – which becomes the new main entry to the house. Elements of the old cottage such as the verandah have been re-interpreted in the new addition – the rhythm of white verandah posts and shaded thresholds surrounding the old and new parts of the building help to bring a continuity and connection between them. The addition has been designed with a sense of openness and connection between the internal spaces, as well as to the outside. The large walls of glass doors open up views to the surrounding rural landscape, and give access to the verandah and landscape beyond. Outdoor space is defined through the use of off-form concrete retaining walls, along with changes in planting texture which seamlessly extend the inside to the outside. An operable roof over the courtyard allows protected outdoor living throughout the year, with a servery from the kitchen opening up to it with bifold windows. The design incorporates passive solar design techniques to ensure a comfortable, low energy use home all year round. The floorplan of the new pavilion is strategically angled, shifting its orientation to the north. This allows low angle winter sun deep into the home, heating up the concrete thermal mass floor. In summer, when the sun is higher in the sky, the glazing and thermal mass are shaded by the optimised verandah overhang depth. Doors and windows are double glazed and timber framed, minimising heat loss in winter.
Linen Display Home
Linen Display Home
Kylie Sargent
This is an example of a mid-sized contemporary one-storey house exterior in Geelong with mixed siding, a flat roof and a metal roof.
Exterior of Calypso Bay Residence, Gold Coast
Exterior of Calypso Bay Residence, Gold Coast
Evbuilt Pty Ltd
Double Lock Up Garage with timber roller DLUG Front and rear facing balcony
Inspiration for a mid-sized contemporary two-storey concrete white house exterior in Gold Coast - Tweed with a flat roof.
Beachside residence
Beachside residence
Taylor'd DISTINCTION
This is an example of a contemporary brown house exterior in Sunshine Coast with wood siding and a shed roof.
MONTGOMERY
MONTGOMERY
Lowe Design & Build
Striking contemporary facade and architectural landscaping is a prelude to what lies within this exceptional home. Upon entering there is an instant feeling of space with light wells, generous kitchen, dining and living that effortlessly connect one area of the house to the other. “They listened and tailored the build to suit my needs. I now feel like I am living a dream lifestyle in my beautiful, architect designed home. Life could not be better.” Client testimonial.
Brighton
Brighton
Sketch Building Design
This is an example of a contemporary two-storey grey house exterior in Melbourne with a gable roof.
Pearl Street
Pearl Street
Dennehy Builders Pty Ltd
Inspiration for a mid-sized contemporary two-storey multi-coloured house exterior in Geelong with mixed siding, a flat roof and a metal roof.
House Clovelly, Ocean St
House Clovelly, Ocean St
tessellate architecture and design
Inspiration for a contemporary three-storey multi-coloured house exterior in Melbourne with mixed siding and a flat roof.
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 1,321,208 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including mm+j architects and Tom Bush Photography. 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.