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Exterior Home Ideas

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 exterior home design to impress. Whether you are considering an exterior remodel to upgrade your curb appeal and resale value, or simply want to enhance your home’s aesthetic and ambiance, 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 idea 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.
Farmhouse white one-story gable roof idea in Phoenix with a shingle roof

Farmhouse white one-story gable roof idea in Phoenix with a shingle roof
Dlike the garage doors and fence - trishakpat

Coastal exterior home photo in Orlando

Nathan Cross NWC Construction
Coastal exterior home photo in Orlando
Love the beach front and area and pool - rhyan1

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Transitional multicolored one-story gable roof photo in Orange County

Transitional multicolored one-story gable roof photo in Orange County
Pebble stones raised garden, mixture of the white and stones and light wood on building - anujabarad

Elegant gray one-story gable roof photo in Seattle with a shingle roof

Elegant gray one-story gable roof photo in Seattle with a shingle roof
To give traditional picket a slightly different look, try varying the picket widths for a less uniform style. For this fence outside a cottage in Seattle, a combination of two slightly different picket widths results in a more custom look. Flat-topped pickets also update this style. - terden

Example of a large trendy brown three-story wood gable roof design in Other with a metal roof

This modern farmhouse located outside of Spokane, Washington, creates a prominent focal point among the landscape of rolling plains. The composition of the home is dominated by three steep gable rooflines linked together by a central spine. This unique design evokes a sense of expansion and contraction from one space to the next. Vertical cedar siding, poured concrete, and zinc gray metal elements clad the modern farmhouse, which, combined with a shop that has the aesthetic of a weathered barn, creates a sense of modernity that remains rooted to the surrounding environment. The Glo double pane A5 Series windows and doors were selected for the project because of their sleek, modern aesthetic and advanced thermal technology over traditional aluminum windows. High performance spacers, low iron glass, larger continuous thermal breaks, and multiple air seals allows the A5 Series to deliver high performance values and cost effective durability while remaining a sophisticated and stylish design choice. Strategically placed operable windows paired with large expanses of fixed picture windows provide natural ventilation and a visual connection to the outdoors.
i like but probably too modern for sean - krisetdec

Traditional white two-story wood gable roof idea in San Francisco with a shingle roof

Jonathan Mitchell Photography Architect- OXB Studio
Traditional white two-story wood gable roof idea in San Francisco with a shingle roof
Location of door. What if stairs were directly opposite from the door. - dsanova

Country white two-story gable roof photo in Austin with a metal roof

Country white two-story gable roof photo in Austin with a metal roof
If I had the money old clad the entire ext in metal to ensure better fire resistance n bug proof - 3golfers

Rustic brown two-story stone exterior home idea in Other with a hip roof and a metal roof

Lake Flato Architecture // Joe Fletcher Photography
Rustic brown two-story stone exterior home idea in Other with a hip roof and a metal roof
the facade materials look gorgeous with the landscape. - azarmavet_morenoacevedo

Example of a country beige two-story gable roof design in Other with a metal roof

www.farmerpaynearchitects.com
Example of a country beige two-story gable roof design in Other with a metal roof
Is there a way to get this look without doing a metal roof - neufeld3

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Traditional gray two-story gable roof idea in New York with a shingle roof

Traditional gray two-story gable roof idea in New York with a shingle roof
Not anything like my house, but I like how the second floor looks from the front/outside. - eb_freda

Huge transitional white two-story stucco exterior home idea in Miami with a metal roof and a hip roof

Photo: Blaine Jonathan
Huge transitional white two-story stucco exterior home idea in Miami with a metal roof and a hip roof
Love the color columns wood accents - bifffnshaquita

Example of a 1960s white two-story exterior home design in Sacramento with a hip roof and a shingle roof

Example of a 1960s white two-story exterior home design in Sacramento with a hip roof and a shingle roof
White w blue and grey. Light wood fence. Could we do this look? - katescanoe

Inspiration for a large farmhouse white two-story gable roof remodel in Atlanta with a metal roof

Amazing front porch of a modern farmhouse built by Steve Powell Homes (www.stevepowellhomes.com). Photo Credit: David Cannon Photography (www.davidcannonphotography.com)
another example of the black windows - helenjayst

Mid-sized southwest gray two-story stucco exterior home photo in Los Angeles

Shawn Bishop
Mid-sized southwest gray two-story stucco exterior home photo in Los Angeles
All that is missing is making that another "room". Fantastic to look at, but I'd want to live in it too. - s_duboeuf

Large minimalist white three-story wood gable roof photo in Burlington with a metal roof

This wrap around patio can be accessed from the dining area or the sitting room of the house and offers plenty of space to enjoy the views of the lake, the farmland and the forest. Jim Westphalen Photography
Love the house and design - monica_ellis77

Farmhouse white gable roof idea in Dallas

Photography by Sean Gallagher
Farmhouse white gable roof idea in Dallas
one section of house is enough for me :) - bbkb

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Example of a large coastal gray two-story gable roof design in San Diego with a shingle roof

An evening view of the expansive second story deck with bi-fold doors and "killer" ocean views. Ed Gohlich
Example of a large coastal gray two-story gable roof design in San Diego with a shingle roof

Mountain style brown two-story mixed siding flat roof photo in Portland

Steve Tague Studios
Mountain style brown two-story mixed siding flat roof photo in Portland
Idée de découper la façade avec divers matériaux - bkozy

Inspiration for a rustic brown two-story mixed siding gable roof remodel in Other

Inspiration for a rustic brown two-story mixed siding gable roof remodel in Other
it IS a chalet!!! awesome! - devinrandrews

Example of a small country white two-story gable roof design in Other with a shingle roof

Bruce Cole Photography
Example of a small country white two-story gable roof design in Other with a shingle roof
i like the vertical Hardie Board - lisa_utley4

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Mountain style brown two-story wood exterior home photo in Denver with a hip roof

Mountain style brown two-story wood exterior home photo in Denver with a hip roof
Remote location and cozy cabin feel - audreyrb66

Example of an ornate gray two-story vinyl flat roof design in San Francisco

John Hayes - Open Homes Photography
Example of an ornate gray two-story vinyl flat roof design in San Francisco
Victorian Exterior - acwainright

Example of a country white two-story vinyl gable roof design in Austin with a metal roof

Example of a country white two-story vinyl gable roof design in Austin with a metal roof
I like: 1) entry doors and entry way. 2) Black windows/doors 3) white on black - lzoob

Example of a mid-sized country white two-story exterior home design in Portland with a hip roof and a shingle roof

Charming Modern Farmhouse with country views.
Example of a mid-sized country white two-story exterior home design in Portland with a hip roof and a shingle roof
beautiful farmhouse and really nice dormers. - ashley_fox33

Country white two-story mixed siding gable roof photo in Salt Lake City with a metal roof

Ann Parris
Country white two-story mixed siding gable roof photo in Salt Lake City with a metal roof
softer white color with brown accents soften. Garage color helps - staleytjp

Large beach style blue three-story exterior home idea in Charleston

Patrick Brickman
Large beach style blue three-story exterior home idea in Charleston
Need Beach house style in Seagull to conform to neighborhood - nancygulf

Inspiration for a large rustic multicolored three-story mixed siding exterior home remodel in Other with a shed roof and a metal roof

Inspiration for a large rustic multicolored three-story mixed siding exterior home remodel in Other with a shed roof and a metal roof
designed by Laura Sullivan of IDology Interiors & Design, features leathered-granite countertops and a shiplap backsplash. The large island is painted in Peppercorn by Sherwin-Williams and hosts four molded walnut stools. Note the stylish banquette alcove in the corner of the room. - me_mi_6x

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Huge contemporary brown two-story wood flat roof idea in Other

Huge contemporary brown two-story wood flat roof idea in Other
I love the exterior of the house and how modern it is - webuser_294741710

Country exterior home photo in Minneapolis

Country exterior home photo in Minneapolis
cottage meets mansion, stone exterior, however the windows need to be bigger with less wood blocking them - corrine_byrd

Mountain style wood exterior home photo in Seattle

Anna Spencer Photography
Mountain style wood exterior home photo in Seattle

Example of a large country white two-story wood gable roof design in Dallas

Photography by Sean Gallagher
Example of a large country white two-story wood gable roof design in Dallas
Front fence and gate across driveway (maybe in white) - scyocum

Large farmhouse white two-story wood gable roof idea in Raleigh

Parade of Homes Gold Winner This 7,500 modern farmhouse style home was designed for a busy family with young children. The family lives over three floors including home theater, gym, playroom, and a hallway with individual desk for each child. From the farmhouse front, the house transitions to a contemporary oasis with large modern windows, a covered patio, and room for a pool.
Massing. Gables. Approach. Windows. - ckdunford

Mid-sized trendy beige one-story stucco exterior home photo in Dallas with a shingle roof and a hip roof

Mid-sized trendy beige one-story stucco exterior home photo in Dallas with a shingle roof and a hip roof
Front porch with roof and support brackets - jhillinteriors

Contemporary multicolored three-story mixed siding flat roof idea in Detroit with a metal roof

Contemporary multicolored three-story mixed siding flat roof idea in Detroit with a metal roof
Can we do something similar with red brick, concrete and aluminum frame - pgupta07

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Farmhouse white two-story gable roof idea in Other with a metal roof

Modern farmhouse situated on acreage outside of a southern city. Photos by Inspiro8 Studios.
Farmhouse white two-story gable roof idea in Other with a metal roof
Like the use of window covers and the angled garage. Change gable dormers to one large shed dormer. - tiffany_donnelly9171

Country white two-story gable roof photo in Cincinnati with a shingle roof

Country white two-story gable roof photo in Cincinnati with a shingle roof
Black windows - webuser_210648661

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