Exteriors 181 Stories

Architect's Toolbox: Bridges That Unite Home and Land
What is it about bridges that fascinates us? Maybe it's their ability to connect two points. Or maybe it's their strength (Brooklyn Bridge), majesty (Golden...
The Two Faces of Homes
In the excellent book Body, Memory, and Architecture — now 35 years old — authors Kent C. Bloomer and Charles W. Moore discuss Frank Lloyd Wright's Winslow...
Terraces Beckon the High Life
Terracing is a formal technique often applied to landscapes to deal with steep slopes. But terraces can also be used in architecture, to deal with challenging topography or just to provide additional outdoor space. The examples below illustrate the unique...
11 Home Designs Driven by Carports
A hallmark of International style, other than the ubiquitous white box, is the piloti, which raises the house up and off the ground. These stiltlike columns were used quite a bit by Le Corbusier in the 1920s and continue to be used by architects to this...
Roof Overhangs Project Lower Energy Costs
Summer is coming upon us swiftly. Soon, if you are in the Northwest U.S., you will be outside enjoying all the sun you can get. If you are in the Southeast, you will be inside with air conditioning, taking a break from heat and humidity. But...
Renovation Detail: The Knee Wall Railing
The term "knee wall" is derived from the association with the vertical location of a human knee, making the average knee wall railing under 3 feet in height. Known for its charming aesthetic and added privacy, this style railing is found on many old homes,...
Designer's Touch: Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal
Life is all about first impressions, and this is as true of homes as it is of people. Your home's positive physical appearance from the street is called curb appeal. What does your house say to those passing by? Try these professional designer tips to...
Exterior Materials: Texture Talk
While my ideabooks tend to look at the big picture, the overall form of a house or sometimes particular elements that go into a design, every now and then I like to zoom in and focus on materials. Here is another feature with close-ups...
Umbrella House Creates Shower of Inspiration
In the early 1950s, Paul Rudolph designed the iconic Umbrella House. The dominant feature of the house is the large umbrella-like canopy that shades the front and back....
Exterior Materials Mix It Up
Recently I examined various materials as they are used on modern and contemporary exteriors: wood, metal, glass, stucco, fiber cement, brick. Isolating these materials in individual ideabooks may give the impression that a particular material tends to...
Global Architecture Style: Victorian
For most people, the term "Victorian architecture" defines a diverse but singular style. The reality is that this term encompasses several architectural styles, all of which were used during the mid to late 19th century. The name, of course, comes from...
Architect's Toolbox: Rain Screens Up House Health
Better materials and practices, including tighter envelopes, have made our homes easier to heat and cool and much more efficient. Gone are the days of drafty windows and doors, sky-high energy bills and uncomfortable rooms. But, of course, there's...
Remember the Rooftop
It seems we never quite have enough space in our homes, especially if we’re living in the tightly packed quarters of a city. However, there may be one prime space that you’ve overlooked: your rooftop. Could you convert it into an entertaining space...
Extraordinary Roofs Have High Design Covered
The options for roof design aren't limited to the two most prevalent ones: pitched (gable, hip) or flat. Other shapes and expressions are possible, and when done creatively the roof can be the most striking aspect of a house's exterior. This ideabook...
Pergolas Pump Up Curb Appeal
When the temperature started climbing this spring, my husband and I realized it was time to turn our attention to the outside of our house, most importantly the garage. Not only is it in need of some major repairs, but it's crying for a...
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