Exteriors 167 Ideabooks

One of the most common questions people have about their own home is, What style is it? This is not always an easy question to answer. "Style" is an elusive term, because it can be applied to many different things, and style is frequently an amalgamation of different features. Nevertheless, most homes...
How to Choose a Front Door Color
Don't let your home blend into the background — even if you're not in the market for changing your exterior color scheme, a new coat of paint on your front door could be just the makeover your home needs. Use our color guides to each color...
17 Ways to Increase Your Home's Curb Appeal
Even if you are not planning to sell your home anytime soon, a fresh and welcoming exterior is a wonderful thing to come home to each day. From front doors, house numbers and porch furnishings to color schemes, landscaping and basic repairs, this smorgasbord...
9 Top Siding Materials
The siding of a house is like the clothing we wear. Our choice of clothes depends as much on location (a T-shirt and shorts wouldn't be comfortable in a Midwest winter) as well as the fashion statement we want to make. And of course there's the budget...
Stucco Smooths Modern Home Exteriors
The Museum of Modern Art's 1932 exhibition "The International Style: Architecture Since 1922," curated by Henry-Russell Hitchcock and Philip Johnson, set aside social ideals and promoted modern architecture as a style. Now-familiar elements like horizontal...
Know Your House: Anatomy of a Brick Veneer Wall
Brick is just about the oldest building material. Small, modular, easily made from local materials, durable and requiring low maintenance, brick has been a favored way to build for centuries. Brick has been used traditionally as a structural...
Fiber Cement Siding Takes a Front Seat
Fiber cement contains a mix of cellulose fiber material, Portland cement, silica, sand, water and other additives, according to Victoria Ballard Bell's helpful book Materials for Design. Panels made with it...
Modern or Contemporary: What's the Difference?
What is the difference between modern and contemporary architecture? Why the distinction? At their most literal, "contemporary" is the architecture being produced now, the architecture of the moment. "Modern" architecture breaks with the past — specifically...
8 Amazing Home Exterior Transformations
If you are like most people, the majority of your design daydreams are about upgrading your interiors. New paint, furniture and appliances are on your list. But an exterior facelift can offer the same supreme satisfaction. And there's an added benefit:...
Dark Exterior, Light Interior: 6 Homes That Celebrate Contrast
I've noticed a lot of houses with dark exteriors lately. Some have been made with the shou-sugi-ban technique, which creates a protective...
Care and Training for a Vine-Covered Home
A vine-covered house can be so charming, it’s worthy of a fairy tale. But those clinging vines can also damage surfaces, make brick crumble and provide cover for pests like spiders or even mice and rats. Let’s explore ways to get the allure of a vine-covered...
History Gets a New Spin on a Victorian Facade
You see it everywhere in San Francisco: Victorian homes that have been stripped of their ornamentation and covered with stucco or (worst-case scenario) asphalt shingles. They call to mind a poorly done facelift on an aging movie star: All the character...
Update Your Windows for Good Looks, Efficiency and a Better View
The impact of windows on architecture can be underestimated. While their primary purpose is to provide natural light, ventilation and protection from the elements, they significantly contribute to the character of a house. Modern windows are designed...
Put On a Good Face: Design Principles for Home Fronts
We spend so much time focused on fixing up the insides of our houses, we sometimes overlook what people see as they approach the front. The focal point of any home is the entry, so that’s a great place to start, as it sets the mood and look for your...
Ready to Repaint Your Home’s Exterior? Get Project Details Here
Time for a fresh coat of paint? Whether your home’s exterior is showing signs of wear or you want to update the look with a new color, here are all of the details you need to make the job a success.
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