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When you’re building your new home, so much thought goes into the interiors: room layout and size, kitchen design, storage options, and décor decisions. But what about the exterior of your home? It’s the first thing people see when they come to visit you, and even passing traffic will notice the best-looking house on the street. It’s worth taking the time to consider your home’s street appeal when you’re building your dream home.

Building Materials

Street appeal
No matter what style of façade you choose, including elements that blend in with the surrounding environment makes your new home feel at one with nature. Modern home façades with clean lines and sharp angles can benefit from adding sections of timber cladding to soften their appearance. Adding ledge stone cladding to pillars and framework will add a unique colour and texture to areas like front porches, entryways and exterior feature walls, and can complement the natural environment of your home’s location.

Focal Point

Street appeal
Having a focal point on the façade of your home will draw the eye to a particular point. Perhaps it’s a dark and striking paint colour set against a lighter trim, or a brightly coloured front door that contrasts the neutral paint colour or render of the exterior walls. Maybe you could create an inviting entryway porch that will add a welcoming element to an otherwise plain entry. Incorporating a statement focal point will make your home instantly memorable and eye-catching to anyone who visits.

Bringing Interior Style Outside

Street appeal
Mirroring the interior style of your home in the façade will create a cohesive feel that flows seamlessly from outside to inside in your new home. If you’ve decided to design your interiors in a Hamptons style, make sure your exterior includes features that match. Gabled roof angles, white weatherboards with a dark grey or black trim, and window shutters all tie in to a Hamptons style effortlessly, creating a harmonious flow inside and out.

The Garden Path

Street appeal
A pathway up to your front door doesn’t have to be a feature that’s purely functional and unmemorable. Creating a path that is attractive by using materials such as slate or bluestone tiles interspersed with gravel for a contemporary look will look effortlessly chic. A timber decking path up to the front door creates a more earthy or coastal feel, adding an attractive design element where visitors least expect it.

In Symmetry

Street appeal
If you’re building a duplex, or your block of land is wider and allows for a home that has width rather than depth on the block, creating symmetry in the façade and landscaping will instantly increase your home’s street appeal. Planting the same style of trees and shrubs under the front windows in a particular order, or adding matching planter pots with statement shrubs on either side of the front door will create a pleasingly symmetrical view for you and your visitors. If your new home will have a front porch, consider adding a balustrade to each side of the front door that mirrors itself to create a lasting impression. Double storey homes can include dormer windows on each side of the home to give the roof a symmetrical appearance.

For more façade inspiration to help increase your home’s street appeal, head over to the Hotondo Homes website.

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