Interior design is a subject that gets a lot of attention, but what about the exterior of your home? When was the last time you gave some thought to the colour of your walls, the shape of your garden, or the design of your soffits and fascias?
Home exterior design is becoming an increasingly interesting topic thanks to initiatives designed to encourage would-be homeowners to consider building their own homes. More and more young couples are either building from scratch or expanding the homes they already own to accommodate their growing families.
What Drives Exterior Design
While interior design is driven by the preferences of the homeowner, exterior design is driven by practicality. A homeowner may have dreams of owning a thatched roof, but they know that such a design is difficult to maintain. They may consider wood shake shingles, but think twice because of the environmental impact of chopping down trees to make those shingles.
Environmentally conscious homeowners are putting practical issues ahead of aesthetics, and opting for solar panels, polymer roofing, and other Eco-friendly design choices, then trying to decide how to make those choices look good.
One area where homeowners do have more freedom is sidings – stone and brick facings (or faux equivalents) are a good way to add a touch of sophistication to a standard home. Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, a red-brick property can be turned into a “stone” house. Synthetic stone is sprayed onto your home, and then carved to give it a more natural looking appearance.
The Rebirth of Landscape Gardening
Changing the design of your garden is one of the easiest ways to revitalize the look of your property. Adding statues, fountains or decorative features is inexpensive and has a big impact on the look of your home. Landscape gardening was once a pursuit reserved for the most affluent of homeowners, but it is now a popular pursuit across the country.
Modern homeowners are choosing low-maintenance, hardy plants that can cope with droughts and cold weather. Neatly mowed lawns have been replaced with gravel, rock gardens and water features. Some creative gardeners have mixed fresh vegetables in with their ornamental gardens, creating attractive and practical gardens that bring them one step closer to self-sufficiency.
Another interesting trend is outdoor living spaces. Many young homeowners are blurring the line between indoor and outdoor living, adding “living” walls to their interiors, and creating outdoor living spaces with dining areas, fire pits and shaded patios for use when entertaining. Of course, all of these features are made using sustainable materials. Young homeowners are not restricted by the traditional roles or designs of each room, and it shows in both their indoor and outdoor designs.
Even the traditional pond has been given a makeover, with homeowners opting for designer wrought-iron pond covers instead of simple wire meshes. If an item is going to be given space in a modern garden, it must earn it by looking good as well as serving a purpose.
This home exterior advice and information was written by Amy Elliott on behalf of Ashbrook Roofing. Amy has a passion for all things home related and enjoys writing for companies who share this interest.