The exterior design of a home is so important in revealing to the buyer, or nosy onlooker, what kind of property lies beyond its front doors.
From modern house facades to classic house facades, we’ve chosen our favourite home exterior designs from properties for sale around Australia to get those facade ideas flowing.
10 house facade photos to inspire you
1. Go large with lavender
Looking for a simple landscaping solution to transform your house exterior? Try lavender.
This hardy-growing perennial will pump out beautiful lilac-coloured blooms year after year, keeping your entryway delightfully awash with their sweet perfume.
2. Add awning to match
An estate of grand proportions, such as the 1935 Tudor-style manor Bonnington, calls for traditional details in a facade.
Striped awning, to match the timber framing of the roof structure, is perfectly in tune with the classic style of this commanding facade design.
3. Don’t be afraid of colour
There’s much to love about this Alex Popov masterpiece, but the impressive facade is surely up there.
Ignoring the striking cement sculpture flanking the garden path for a sec, Popov has also been bold in his use of colour, inserting an orange front door behind a slatted Corten steel and glass screen.
4. Go the grey
It feels like everyone’s doing it – even Buddy and Jasinta Franklin – but there’s a reason painting your house dark grey has risen in favour.
Grey has become the modern exterior colour scheme for houses du jour, especially those with period features. It complements white and garden greenery, is natural toned, and lets period features do the talking without screaming ‘look at moi!’ in the manner of dated tri-colour schemes.
5. Get low, get low
Live on a sloping block and wonder how you can still say ‘wow’ with your home exterior design?
Embrace the mystery of the partially hidden home with clean lines and nondescript colours. Focus on the overall impact of the design and passers-by will be intrigued by the sneak preview they do get of your split-level home.
6. Learn to love a bold front door
Want to make a name for your home in a sea of bland coloured bricks and weatherboard?
Choose a traditional timber door and get yourself a tub of paint in your favourite primary colour – be it bright blue, fire engine red or lipstick pink. There’s nothing more enticing than a bold front door.
7. Try tall, dark & handsome
Ever fallen for a tall, dark and handsome… house?
Yup, same here. Like this one in Alphington, north east of Melbourne, with its dark and stormy zinc cladding and tall, broad picture windows. Swoon.
8. Lead them up the garden path
If you’ve got the land size, setting your home back from the street behind a long and winding path can be just the thing to build intrigue and anticipation around it.
A beautifully paved path can be done yourself with a weekend’s work – the efforts being well worth it.
9. Replace a rickety roof
It sounds simple, but replacing a rickety old roof is one of the surest ways to elevate a home facade.
Added bonus – a solid roof does wonders for your home’s structural integrity!
10. Plant a grand old tree
You don’t want to shroud the view of your outer house design altogether, but planting a grand old dame of a tree in your front yard can really add a sense of prestige. Advanced trees can cost a fortune, so buy plantings if you have the patience to watch them grow.
Big oaks and maples are regulars in the gardens and front pathways of generous estates, like this sandstone beauty in Burnside, SA.