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Shotgun Style
Shotgun Style
Brian Gille Architects, Ltd.
Inspiration for a mid-sized timeless white one-story wood exterior home remodel in New Orleans with a hip roof
Farmhouse Exterior
Farmhouse Exterior
Inspiration for a cottage gray two-story wood exterior home remodel in Other with a mixed material roof
Italian Modern
Italian Modern
JAUREGUI Architecture Interiors Construction
Mediterranean Modern
Inspiration for a mediterranean stucco exterior home remodel in Austin with a tile roof
Traditional Exterior
Traditional Exterior
Traditional gray two-story exterior home idea in Dallas with a hip roof
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
Great Northern Lodge
Great Northern Lodge
Centre Sky Architecture Ltd
Gravity Shots
Stone exterior home idea in Other with a tile roof
Riverfront Villa
Riverfront Villa
Architectural Photographer Ron Rosenzweig
Photographer: Ron Rosenzweig Home Builder: Onshore Construction & Dev. Co. Interior Design: Marc Michaels Cabinetry: Artistry-Masters of Woodcraft Architects: Dailey Janssen Architects
Modern Farmhouse
Modern Farmhouse
Jane Group Inc.
Modern Farmhouse combining a metal roof, limestone, board and batten and steel windows and doors. Photo by Jeff Herr Photography.
Huge country two-story mixed siding exterior home photo in Atlanta with a metal roof
Mountain Modern
Mountain Modern
Pearson Design Group
Huge contemporary brown two-story wood flat roof idea in Other
Piedmont Residence
Piedmont Residence
Carlton Edwards
This modern lake house is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The residence overlooks a mountain lake with expansive mountain views beyond. The design ties the home to its surroundings and enhances the ability to experience both home and nature together. The entry level serves as the primary living space and is situated into three groupings; the Great Room, the Guest Suite and the Master Suite. A glass connector links the Master Suite, providing privacy and the opportunity for terrace and garden areas. Won a 2013 AIANC Design Award. Featured in the Austrian magazine, More Than Design. Featured in Carolina Home and Garden, Summer 2015.
Woodside Estate
Woodside Estate
Fergus Garber Architects
A custom estate with Main house, Pool House, Art Studio, and detached garage. The stone and stucco house, reminiscent of rustic stone homes from the south of France, looks out onto the pool and yard on one side and inward to an enclosed courtyard on the other. Modern technology is hidden amongst the historic detailing as the whole house can be controlled by iPad's embedded in the walls or remotely on a phone. © Bernardo Grijalva Photography
Porter Street Bungalow
Porter Street Bungalow
Moore Architects, PC
The Cleveland Park neighborhood of Washington, D.C boasts some of the most beautiful and well maintained bungalows of the late 19th century. Residential streets are distinguished by the most significant craftsman icon, the front porch. Porter Street Bungalow was different. The stucco walls on the right and left side elevations were the first indication of an original bungalow form. Yet the swooping roof, so characteristic of the period, was terminated at the front by a first floor enclosure that had almost no penetrations and presented an unwelcoming face. Original timber beams buried within the enclosed mass provided the only fenestration where they nudged through. The house, known affectionately as ‘the bunker’, was in serious need of a significant renovation and restoration. A young couple purchased the house over 10 years ago as a first home. As their family grew and professional lives matured the inadequacies of the small rooms and out of date systems had to be addressed. The program called to significantly enlarge the house with a major new rear addition. The completed house had to fulfill all of the requirements of a modern house: a reconfigured larger living room, new shared kitchen and breakfast room and large family room on the first floor and three modified bedrooms and master suite on the second floor. Front photo by Hoachlander Davis Photography. All other photos by Prakash Patel.
LAYTON RESIDENCE
LAYTON RESIDENCE
Marvin
Example of a large trendy multicolored two-story house exterior design in Other with a shed roof
Wild Lilac
Wild Lilac
Walker Workshop
Joe Fletcher and Noah Walker
Minimalist gray one-story exterior home photo in Los Angeles
Fernleaf Transitional
Fernleaf Transitional
Patterson Custom Homes
Beach style exterior home photo in Orange County
Front Facade
Front Facade
Stephen Fuller Designs
Painted Brick and an elegantly detailed porch give Classic style to this 1930s Atlanta Cottage
Elegant exterior home photo in Atlanta
Big Sky, MT
Big Sky, MT
Charter Custom Homes
Example of a mountain style multicolored mixed siding exterior home design in Seattle
Mediterranean Exterior
Mediterranean Exterior
Mediterranean exterior home idea in Tampa
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 1,322,796 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Architectural Photographer Ron Rosenzweig and Cornerstone Construction. 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.