1. Exterior Photos

Exterior Design Ideas

Ashburton Townhouses
Ashburton Townhouses
de.arch
Photo of a contemporary two-storey white house exterior in Melbourne with a flat roof.
Tennyson St, Malvern East
Tennyson St, Malvern East
Chisholm Constructions
Chisholm Constructions
Contemporary one-storey white house exterior in Melbourne with vinyl siding and a shed roof.
Winifred Crescent House - Toorak, Melbourne
Winifred Crescent House - Toorak, Melbourne
Robert Harwood Architect
Photo: Thomas Dalhoff Architect: Robert Harwood Architects
Photo of a large contemporary grey house exterior in Melbourne with three or more storeys, mixed siding, a flat roof and a metal roof.
Somerville
Somerville
Kibbin Design Studio
The Evoke Company
This is an example of a contemporary two-storey white house exterior in Wollongong with mixed siding and a flat roof.
Brighton East House Extension - Melbourne
Brighton East House Extension - Melbourne
Period Extensions & Designs
Part of the brief of this house was to revitalise and expand the home to cater for a rapidly growing family and its modern needs. The result – a six bedroom family home that can once again stand proud and be admired for the next 100 years.
The Elizabeth
The Elizabeth
Dalecki Design
Contemporary exterior in Perth.
Windsor
Windsor
Junctions90
Christine Francis
Design ideas for a contemporary one-storey brown house exterior in Melbourne with mixed siding and a flat roof.
Ascot Vale
Ascot Vale
Grundella Constructions Pty Ltd
Tom Blanchford
Small contemporary exterior in Melbourne.
Contemporary Exterior
Contemporary Exterior
This is an example of a contemporary two-storey beige house exterior in Sydney with mixed siding and a shed roof.
Beaumaris
Beaumaris
Vos Architecture & Design
John Vos
Design ideas for a large modern two-storey grey house exterior in Melbourne with a flat roof, a metal roof and mixed siding.
E&L - Renovation
E&L - Renovation
Big House Little House
Country two-storey white house exterior in Brisbane with a gable roof, vinyl siding and a metal roof.
Paddington 1
Paddington 1
LAK Constructions Pty Ltd
This extensive renovation of a traditional Queenslander in Paddington involved lifting and sliding the original dwelling to make room for a garage and rear extension. The project was completed over a period of 18 months.
Luxury Coastal Home
Luxury Coastal Home
Neufeld Interiors
Thomas Dalhof
Contemporary black house exterior in Sydney with three or more storeys and a flat roof.
Aldgate // Custom Built Home
Aldgate // Custom Built Home
AURA Custom Projects
Traditional two-storey brick brown house exterior in Adelaide with a hip roof.
Terrace House Renovation Extension Addition
Terrace House Renovation Extension Addition
Aspire Constructions
Inspiration for a small contemporary two-storey brick red house exterior in Sydney with a flat roof.
Ross St Kew House
Ross St Kew House
Virgon Constructions
Paul West
Expansive contemporary two-storey concrete grey house exterior in Melbourne with a flat roof.
V&D HAWTHORNE
V&D HAWTHORNE
J.H.DIXON
Build: J.H.Dixon Designer: Big House Little House Engineer: Inertia Completion 2018
Photo of a contemporary two-storey black house exterior in Brisbane with mixed siding and a flat roof.
K Residence
K Residence
TCR Design Group
North Facing glazing to Living Room Pavilion
Modern two-storey house exterior in Perth with a flat roof.
COALCOAST HAMPTONS
COALCOAST HAMPTONS
South Coast Building Design
Combining sophisticated finishes with the finest craftsmanship, our Hamptons haven embraces its shore front position through its open plan design and indoor-outdoor living arrangements. Complimenting horizontal cladding with natural stonework on its exterior, this double storey masterpiece boasts luxury and elegance.
Sophia Street
Sophia Street
Innovation Building & Design
Photo of a contemporary two-storey black duplex exterior in Wollongong with mixed siding and a flat roof.
La Fleur - Joe Adsett Architects
La Fleur - Joe Adsett Architects
Solaire Properties
Scott Burrows Photographer
Inspiration for a contemporary two-storey white house exterior in Brisbane.
Medindie
Medindie
Oxford Architects
Sam Noonan
Photo of a contemporary two-storey brown house exterior in Adelaide with mixed siding and a flat roof.
The Seaforth Modified 09
The Seaforth Modified 09
Classic Building & Design
Design ideas for a transitional two-storey grey house exterior in Central Coast with vinyl siding, a gable roof and a metal roof.
Hunters Hill
Hunters Hill
Danark Constructions
Large transitional two-storey white house exterior in Sydney with wood siding, a gable roof and a metal roof.
Burradoo
Burradoo
Southern Construction Services
The front of the house boasts a double garage and a drive through porte cochere. Cedar windows and doors with double glazing and plantation shutters. Gorgeous grand entry to a grand home. Photo by Shelly Willingham
2018 Gold Award - Residential Landscape Design >150m2
2018 Gold Award - Residential Landscape Design >150m2
AILDM
Landscape Design - COS Design, Melbourne
Contemporary two-storey brown house exterior in Melbourne with mixed siding and a flat roof.
Townhouses development
Townhouses development
Roger Thompson Photography
Roger Thompson Photography (photos and retouching)
Mid-sized contemporary two-storey white townhouse exterior in Melbourne with a flat roof, a metal roof and mixed siding.
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 1,213,200 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Grundella Constructions Pty Ltd and Neufeld Interiors. 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.