Dwell's Favorite 467 Exterior Design Photos And Ideas

Large windows punctuate the north elevation to pull views of the the water and landscape indoors.
The Lighthouse office is clad in fiberglass with Awlgrip topcoat.
Clear Rock Lookout seen at dusk.
In contrast to its heavily glazed north facade, the home's other three sides are closed off from view for privacy.
This custom residence for actor Will Arnett was inspired by LivingHomes' RK2 model. About a third was built on-site, including a glass staircase tower and a guest wing (featuring a recording booth where Will can ply his trademark baritone).
Dawnsknoll’s exterior sidings are cement panels and Resysta wood. The house’s front gate and garage are made from recycled wood.
The elongated, rectangular form has been delicately nestled into the island's steep terrain.
Beth draws at the desk in the cabin.
The Mono structure's single-engineered truss frame makes it capable of withstanding harsh weather—from heavy snow, to downpours, to heat. It comes in three variations.
"With both sliding doors open, the two decks connect seamlessly through the building, dramatically changing the sense of scale, space, and connection to the site."
Set on a 7.7-acre lot, the 3,400-square-foot residence is both spacious and compact with a natural flagstone facade and black-stained cedar framing.
On the first floor of Casa R is a woodshed and a "chiflonera." This area between the interiors and exteriors is commonly found in Chilean/Patagonian homes, as it helps to regulate the region’s extreme temperature changes.
Hide&Seek Game. Location of the windows and their size is not designer’s imagination.
Rising out of the earth like a natural rock outcropping, the holiday retreat is clad in a combination of stained Western Red Cedar and stained Alaskan Yellow Cedar on the upper volume, while the lower is wrapped in stone veneer.
Glazed walls allow the interior living areas to be seamlessly connected to the outdoors.
Working within a tight footprint due to building restrictions, the two-story main building includes most of the bedrooms and communal spaces, with guest quarters placed in a separate structure.
Windows of varying sizes punctuate the building, giving it a sculptural appearance.
The house has a standing-seam metal roof and  is finished with black-tinted stucco and a standing-seam metal roof.
Windows added to the side corners of the north facade bring additional daylight indoors.
A view of the ascent towards the property.
Delta Shelter, Mazama, Washington, 2002. Photo by Tim Bies/Olson Kundig Architects.
The Nolla Cabin was primarily built from Kerto LVL, a lightweight and durable Finnish plywood. It was then fastened together with screws.
"Hemmed in by taller buildings on both sides, the original cottage was overwhelmed and neglected for decades—its identity compromised by inappropriate treatments. The new design provides a sensitive and recessive backdrop to the faithfully restored dwelling that originated more than 160 years ago in England,
The dwelling is fully immersed in nature, surrounded by scenic vistas and greenery.
Entry
The use of numerous Sky-Frame frameless sliding doors and windows throughout the house creates a direct connection between the permeable nature of the interior spaces and the  picturesque countryside surrounding it
Beach House | AMA
A concrete box.
copper & concrete facade
A perpendicular wing houses the garage. The house has no air conditioning, relying on lake breezes and cross-ventilation for cooling. Each bedroom has a screened door that opens to the deck and an adjustable transom above the hallway door to encourage the circulation of air.
forrest view
South side of house, with 6-ft roof overhangs and large sliding glass panels
The historic site consists of an old farmhouse, stable, and shed, along with bunkers and artillery foundations from the both World War I and World War II. The stable has been converted into a modern 5,683-square-foot bed and breakfast establishment called The Bunkers.
Incisions made in the façade amplify the contrast between the red and yellow brickwork.
Stone walls, made with rock excavated on site, frame the ascent with cement steps.
Streamlined sections of metal-framed windows with triple glazing stylishly connect the brick and wooden volumes.
The gabled addition is topped with a standing seam metal roof and is clad in vertical corrugated metal siding.
The home presents a narrow facade to the street.
The second floor, which houses Mark’s office, has aluminum-framed windows on three sides and opens to a roof deck.

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