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Exterior Design Ideas

BROAD HOUSE
BROAD HOUSE
AD DESIGN DEVELOP
Julian Gries Photography
Design ideas for an eclectic one-storey white house exterior in Melbourne with mixed siding, a gable roof and a metal roof.
Indoor-outdoor living with private garden in Lilyfield
Indoor-outdoor living with private garden in Lilyfield
Pilcher Residential
Inspiration for a contemporary one-storey grey house exterior in Sydney with a shed roof and a tile roof.
Spacious New Modern Home
Spacious New Modern Home
Prime Design Tasmania Pty Ltd
Modern multi-coloured house exterior in Hobart with mixed siding and a shed roof.
Feng Shui Designed Homes
Feng Shui Designed Homes
Meritor Homes
Photo of a mid-sized contemporary two-storey multi-coloured house exterior in Perth with mixed siding and a flat roof.
Residential Church conversion
Residential Church conversion
Bagnato Architects P/L
Axiom
This is an example of a contemporary two-storey white house exterior in Melbourne with mixed siding, a gable roof and a metal roof.
Church Point Project
Church Point Project
Customconstruction Pty Ltd
Simon Whitbread
This is an example of a contemporary two-storey black house exterior in Sydney with a flat roof.
Young Street Project
Young Street Project
BCI Hawker
Inspiration for a beach style two-storey multi-coloured house exterior in Gold Coast - Tweed with mixed siding and a shed roof.
Stanhope St, Malvern
Stanhope St, Malvern
Clancy Constructions
Jack Lovel
Inspiration for a contemporary one-storey stucco white house exterior in Melbourne with a hip roof and a shingle roof.
Pearson Renovation
Pearson Renovation
JM Homes
Highshot's Photography
Design ideas for a contemporary exterior in Brisbane.
kenthurst
kenthurst
integratedDESIGNgroup
Contemporary one-storey multi-coloured house exterior in Sydney with mixed siding and a shed roof.
Tarragindi House
Tarragindi House
Focus Architecture
Contemporary two-storey black house exterior in Brisbane with mixed siding and a flat roof.
Watson Road
Watson Road
d3 - Building Design
This is an example of a contemporary exterior in Melbourne.
McMasters Beach - HIA WINNER 2005-2006
McMasters Beach - HIA WINNER 2005-2006
Nexgen Design & Construct
Design ideas for a contemporary two-storey grey house exterior in Sydney with a flat roof.
Unique Lifestyle Options in Annandale
Unique Lifestyle Options in Annandale
Pilcher Residential
Pilcher Residential
Victorian one-storey blue house exterior in Sydney with a gable roof.
Wishart
Wishart
Civic Steel Homes
This is an example of a contemporary one-storey white house exterior in Brisbane with mixed siding and a shed roof.
Victoria Road
Victoria Road
Alexandra Kidd Design
With a brief that referenced the Obamas’ post-White House home, Victoria Road was destined for greatness from the outset. Our clients, inveterate travellers with a penchant for the US, had long fallen in love with the luxurious homes dotted along America’s East Coast. They envied the open-plan living spaces and generously scaled rooms with their relaxed elegance and classic features. So it was, they arrived at our studio gripping a copy of an interiors magazine featuring the Obama residence.
Beaconsfield Custom Built
Beaconsfield Custom Built
Putragraphy
Contemporary two-storey multi-coloured house exterior in Perth with mixed siding.
Slate House Northcote
Slate House Northcote
Melbourne Design Studios (MDS)
Contemporary black house exterior in Melbourne with wood siding, a gable roof and a shingle roof.
The Shard
The Shard
Starbox Architecture
Design ideas for a mid-sized contemporary two-storey white house exterior in Other with concrete fiberboard siding, a flat roof and a metal roof.
North Curl Curl luxury home
North Curl Curl luxury home
Playoust Churcher Architects
Inspiration for a contemporary house exterior in Sydney with a flat roof and three or more storeys.
Northview Outlook - Floating Roof
Northview Outlook - Floating Roof
MBO Architects
CACO Photography
Design ideas for a contemporary two-storey white house exterior in Brisbane with a shed roof.
Station
Station
Byrne Architects
This is an example of a country one-storey grey house exterior in Melbourne with wood siding and a gable roof.
Carrara Residence
Carrara Residence
Evbuilt Pty Ltd
Andy Machpherson Studio
Large contemporary two-storey white house exterior in Gold Coast - Tweed with a shed roof.
Newport
Newport
Formed Gardens Pty Ltd
Contemporary multi-coloured house exterior in Sydney with a flat roof.
External & Landscape Works To 1930s Art Deco Queenslander
External & Landscape Works To 1930s Art Deco Queenslander
Dion Seminara Architecture
External & Landscape Works To 1930s Art Deco Queenslander
Photo of a large transitional two-storey black house exterior in Brisbane with wood siding and a gable roof.
PIER RESORT
PIER RESORT
South Coast Building Design
Combining mixed materials to accentuate the symmetrical design of this facade, brickwork is complimented by timber blades and cladding. Despite the small size of the lot, site responsive design and colour selections have ensured that the home embraces its site restrictions without detracting from aesthetic appeal.
Mount Eliza 1
Mount Eliza 1
Waterson Builders & Design
Emily Bartlett
Design ideas for a contemporary two-storey multi-coloured house exterior in Melbourne with mixed siding and a flat roof.
Front Facades
Front Facades
A&L Windows | Doors
A modern masterpiece featuring A&L Windows.
Inspiration for a contemporary two-storey white house exterior in Melbourne with 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 1,213,200 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Customconstruction Pty Ltd and Formed Gardens Pty Ltd. 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.