12 TIPS for Home Exterior Design in 2019

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12 TIPS for Home Exterior Design in 2019

We have cultivated some projects and come up with 12 TIPS to help with your house exterior design.  A beautiful house exterior is just as important, if not more important, than a beautiful interior.  Maybe it’s time to show your house some love with simple changes that create a big impact!

Tip #1.

Front Load Garage Tips:

Do you have the dreaded front load garage? Your garage takes up too much real estate on the front of your home to just ignore it…. It’s like the elephant in the room.  That said, we say either hide it or make it beautiful! There are so many options now for garage doors that if you are ready to replace you can find something beautiful.  If you’re not ready to replace, just add garage hardware or paint your existing garage.  This will make a world of difference.

Modern Wooden Garage

White Window Garage Design

Garage Inspiration

Wooden Carriage Garage Doors, Arched Design

Painted to Disappear Garage Door

Garage Door/ Left Harmony


Tip #2.  

Brick Color Tips:

Is your brick color driving you crazy?  What you thought was great in the showroom may not translate the same when it appears in your environment.  Your house exterior design is effected by awful looking brick.  Brick can be  gorgeous, durable, and timeless.  We love brick; however, sometimes the color isn’t ideal.  That said, we say don’t be afraid to find a good painter and paint your brick.  

Peach Brick Painted

Origami White Sherwin Williams

Origami White

Traditional Ranch with Updated Curb Appeal

Wrought Iron

Painting Pink Brick

Orange Brick After

Washed Out Brick After


Tip #3.

Old Window Tips:

When your windows are old, sometimes a good cleaning can help spruce them up again.  Other times, adding trim around the window will bring life back to the area and create the appearance of larger windows.  Sometimes the windows just appear old because of the out of control bushes in front of them.  So, if possible, clean, trim, and cut.  Windows definitely can make or break your home’s curb appeal.  That said, if it’s time to replace, think simple.  We love Marvin windows because of the quality, selections, and ability to custom make windows to your liking and size.

Modern Windows

Black Window Inlays and Muntins

Updated Windows

Arched Windows

Beef Up Window Trim


Tip #4.

Front Porch Tips:

Are you ready to add a front porch to your home?  Of course you are, and I don’t blame you! Adding a front porch is an excellent way to draw attention to your doorway, protect your guests, and offer more living space.  I spend hours on my porch just talking, working, telling stories, drinking wine, meeting neighbors, and living.  If you have the option, a front porch is life changing! From improving your mental health to amping up your curb appeal, I definitely recommend a front porch for your house exterior design.

Small Porch Added

Pergola Design

Removing Railing and Updating Porch

Porch Update

Wrap Around Porch Added


Tip #5.

Front Door Tips:

Your front door is the focal point of your home and where you greet guests.  That said, it’s a front door is a key to curb appeal; therefore, it should be gorgeous and reflect your personal taste.  A door, done correctly, will return over 100% on investment… this means, in most cases, you are going to make more when you go to sell than what you spent on the door itself.  No brainer!  Right now, Dutch Doors are making a huge comeback.  Also, wood stained doors will never go out of style.  One door color on the way out in 2019 is red; for that reason, stick to blue or more earthy tones.

Blue Front Door

Door That Captures Your Style

Glass and Iron Door

Wooden Double Door

Wood Door

Traditional Painted Glass Door

Modern Door and Walkway


Tip #6.  

House Lighting Tips:

Lighting is extremely important.  It provides security and beauty for your family.  Different lighting should be used on different home styles; however, one thing that remains the same on all home styles is lighting size.  We recommend lighting be ⅓ to ¼ the size of your door.  Taller doorways and rooflines need larger lights!  Most builders go way too small.  We say, don’t be afraid to go big!

Cylinder Lights

Gas Lights

Visual Comfort Darlana Lights

Farm Lights over Garage

Phantom Wall Light

Cylinder Lights and Post Light


Tip #7.

Gutter Tips:

Gutters can look cheap and old really quickly.  They are a thing… but unfortunately a necessary thing.  That said, you need to understand the language.  First, the gutter is the horizontal piece along your roofline.  Second, the downspout is the vertical tube going down the side of your house. Third, the elbow is the L shape at the bottom of the downspout that directs water away from your home’s foundation. If your gutters, downspouts, and elbows are usable, they can always be painted to match your house.  If you are looking to replace, we are seeing a lot of copper and more aluminum silver gutters.  They are gorgeous and will update your home instantly; however, they are expensive.  A similar, more cost effective look, may be achieved through painting.

Brown Gutters with Gutter Heads

Copper Downspouts on Tudor Home

Painted Brown Gutters

Silver Aluminum Round Gutters and Downspouts


Tip #8.

Shutter Tips:

As you drive around, look at homes you pass with different shutter styles.  You will notice some look amazing and others look dreadful.  Why?  Because your eye is trained to see when things just don’t look right.  Sometimes you can’t put your finger on it, but you know something is not right with the house design.  If the home has shutters, look no further! Many homes I see have shutters that are not appropriate size for the window.  The shutters should appear to close over the window.  If they don’t, they are too small; therefore, you need a larger shutter. Also, adding shutter hardware is a wonderful was to add character and interest to your windows. 

Appropriately Sized Shutters

Windows Appear Larger with Shutters

Workable Shutters

Add Shutter Hardware

Shutters Added


Tip #9.

Landscape Tips:

This is the time of year that landscape can get out of control if you don’t do the necessary cutting, pulling, weeding, and care for your yard.  Your curb appeal will shine if your landscape is in check.  That means, evaluate your yard. Do you notice dying bushes or grass areas that need to be pulled out and replaced? Have you created a plan or is everything just planted haphazardly?  If you don’t have a plan, we opt for larger bushes in back to provide a green hedge for the small flowering plants in the front.  Many times a local nursery will visit your home if you are buying the plants from them!

Horseshoe Landscape

Landscape Layering

Adding Color to Landscape

Use Rock


Tip #10.

Walkway Tips:

Yes, your walkway leading to the door absolutely matters!  Most walkways are made from builder concrete and serve the purpose; however, if you are looking to set your home apart and add that WOW factor, then changing your walkway to the door is a must!  Finding a walkway to complement your home style is key.  A simple flagstone or brick is a beautiful alternative to a generic builder concrete. Because of this, we say do it!

Brick Walkway

Flagstone Walkway

Brick Walkway

Brick Stairway to Door

Floating Steps as Walkway

Updated Walkway


Tip #11.

Awning, Gable, Portico Tips:

Awnings, Gables, and Porticos are a fantastic way to add depth and character to your home.  A metal awning, gable, or portico may be used over a door, window, garage, or porch area.  They update the look and provide protection from the weather.  Most awnings are easy to install and less expensive than an alternative type roof.  All are fun and come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and materials.  If your house needs a little extra something, an awning will do the job!

Awning Added to Side Window

Different Door Design and Awning Added

Metal Awning Above Doorway

Porch

Porch with Open Gable Added

Black Metal Awning Added

Garage Awning

Gable and Window Awnings Added


Tip #12.

Get a brick&batten Virtual Exterior Design:

Have you thought about your home a different color or style? Then it’s time to get a brick&batten virtual exterior design. Maybe you’ve been on our website and just aren’t sure how it works.  If you’re struggling with the vision or just want to see what your home will look like with max curb appeal, then a brick and batten design is for you.  Building a new home and sitting in the showroom with tons of choices, a brick&batten design is for you. Are you are a realtor and want to market a home for potential buyers, a brick and batten design is for you.  Maybe you just need a partner to be sure you’re on the right track, we are there to help you, too.  No matter what the reason or type of home, our brick&batten home exterior designers have seen it all and want to offer help and support.  

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Overall, creating a beautiful home exterior doesn’t have to be difficult.  Simple changes create a huge impact with curb appeal. If you have questions, please contact us for a free consultation.