9 Lovely Exterior Design Ideas & Photos for the Back of Your Home

While neighbors and strangers see your home’s curb appeal, it’s your friends and family who admire your home’s back exterior. As experts in home exterior design, we believe you and the people closest to you deserve a stunning view to take in during intimate gatherings. Check out these 9 lovely exterior design ideas and photos for the back of your home that are sure to make you stop your scroll.

Whether you’re enhancing your forever home or preparing your house to sell, exterior design matters. At brick&batten, we provide both front and back virtual exterior design services. The process is super simple. You share a photo of your home’s exterior, your preferences, and your project goals. From there, our design team will create a custom design and realistic rendering of your home. You’ll also get a clickable shopping list to put the plan in action. Get started with your exterior design today!

9 Lovely Exterior Design Ideas & Photos for the Back of Your Home


#1 Swap Out a Screened-In For a Patio

Don’t get us wrong, we love screened-in porches. While screened-in porches make a nice spot to cozy up, back patios allow you to feel the breeze and spread out with a group of friends. In the before and after design above, we suggested that our client add a fire pit to their back patio as well. With an addition like this, you can get use out of your back patio year round. This look is a definite exterior design idea for the back of your home.

#2 Who Says You Can’t Have Both a Screened-In Porch and a Patio for Hosting?

If you own a two-story home, take full advantage of your upstairs and downstairs space. Just imagine watching the snow or rain fall from a screened-in porch that looks like the one above. Better yet, the overhang of the screened porch provides a shaded spot to host guests, whether that’s in a swanky hot tub or seated at an outdoor dining table.

brick fire pit with built in benches in back patio of large 3 story stone home

#3 Not Your Average Fire Pit Setup

If you love sitting around a fire, why not commit to the idea? While a portable metal fire pit works just fine, a stone fire pit with matching seating makes a beautiful design statement. You can also extend your patio for enhanced fire pit safety or take extra steps before placing it on the grass. For more fire pit inspiration, Get fired up, with these great ideas.

#4 Experiment With Paint Colors

Paint makes such a dramatic difference in terms of your backyard’s ambiance. However, swatch tests can’t always show you the full picture, and we all know it would be too expensive to swap from one color to another after the first option dries. This is why requesting a virtual rendering from brick&batten can be so helpful! Above, you can see the major difference between two popular paint options by Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore.

#5 Add a Patio Overhang

Adding a back porch with steps to your home is a creative twist on the traditional wood back deck. With a metal roof and columns that match your home’s architecture, it’s hard to go wrong. Just don’t forget stylish back porch lights for ambient light!

Before and after of the back of a home with new paint a a new deck railing

#6 New Paint + Porch Rails = Perfection

When choosing exterior paint for the front of your house, don’t forget to consider its impact on the back of your home. Notice how the darker paint in this before and after example instantly updates the home. To lean into the look even further, our virtual exterior designers recommend metal or cable railing.

#7 Update Your Chimney With New Cladding

While you can often barely see the chimney from the street on most houses, you usually get a good view of it in the backyard. Replacing a chimney cap is also an easy update that goes a long way. This exterior design idea is inexpensive and easy to accomplish.

#8 A New Roof Can Anchor a Backyard

In most cases, a roofing update comes out of necessity. If it’s time to replace your roof, our designers recommend choosing a material that is both durable and fashionable. If your roof is highly visible, choose roofing in a material and color that is suitable for your home’s architecture and personal style make a big difference.

#9 Sometimes, It’s The Little Changes

Enhancing the back of your home doesn’t always need to involve massive changes. In the example above, the main updates were replacing the pedestal balustrade railing with the X rail to allow more visibility in a private backyard. Then, removing the dated French country lighting with the timeless gas lantern by Bevolo. Aside from that, the other changes included a patio overhang and fire pit area.

New roofs, paint, patios, fire pits, and even chimney updates can make the backside of your home look stunning. With a little creativity, you can create a space your family can use and enjoy, a selling point for potential buyers, or something to be admired by friends and family. With these 9 lovely exterior design ideas for the back of your home, you are well on your way to getting started.

Oftentimes, the back of the home is where your children play and neighbor’s come to sit and relax. It’s the place where memories are made! Our design team at brick&batten would love to partner with you on a home design and create a usable space you enjoy. Get started today.