Professional Builder’s House Review design team delivers its take on creating attractive exteriors without breaking the bank.
We all realize how important curb appeal becomes when designing and building new homes. In fact, it could be argued that the wow factor of the exterior is the most important design element. After all, if our clients don’t find the exterior exciting, they might not even venture inside the home. Of course, creating an attractive exterior while staying within a reasonable budget is always the challenge. While the amount of detail and material selections vary with the overall value of the home, the essence of an appealing exterior essentially involves three elements: scale, proportion, and proper use of materials.
ArchitectGMD Design GroupScott Gardner, AIAscott@gmddesigngroup.com919.320.3022Donnie McGrathdonnie@gmddesigngroup.com770.375.7351
DesignerLarry Garnett, FAIBDlarrygarnett@larrygarnettdesigns.comwww.smartlivinghomedesigns.com
• Dormer with clerestory windows emphasizes the central part of the home.
• Exposed rafters at front porch
• View of rear elevation from outdoor kitchen area shows the mixture of stone and horizontal siding.
ArchitectDonald F. Evans, AIAThe Evans Groupdevans@theevansgroup.comwww.theevansgroup.com407.650.8770
A unique mixture of siding, stone, and brick keeps expensive materials at a minimum, while still creating a lot of impact. The dynamics of the elevation allowed for natural stopping points for each of the materials and keeps the simple lap siding on the rest of the home from looking out of place.
A simple traditional stucco home gets its wow factor from an unexpected railing detail above the front porch colonnade.
A Charleston side-yard-entry home is a showstopper using design, not expensive materials. Proportion, scale, design, and appropriate color make this elevation memorable.
ArchitectTodd Hallett, AIA, CAPSTK Design and Associateswww.tkhomedesign.com248.446.1960
• A prefabricated sunburst takes the place of a half round window. This provides the desired look without the expense of higher ceilings, window costs, trim, etc., associated with putting in a half-round window.
• The corner is eliminated at the entrance providing a relatively inexpensive bay look. This detail provides richness inside and out, creating value.
• Building over the garage helps to maximize the square footage relative to the footprint without giving the home the box-on-box look.
ArchitectRick Garza, Principal ArchitectRPGA Design Grouprickgarza@rpgaarchitects.comwww.rpgaarchitects.com817.332.9477
The first home was finished with painted brick and clean lines without flashy window casings and overly ornate architecture. The simplicity of the exterior gives this home an elegance befitting the accompanying neighborhood, and it is budget conscious, as well.
The second home is an adaptation of the same floor plan in the same neighborhood. This home, however, presents a completely different exterior design. Its metalwork, cross timbering, brick details, and use of stone veneer eschew the Mediterranean feel of the first home to create more of a Tudor look while still falling within the budget-friendly range.