Dwell's Favorite 342 Exterior House Design Photos And Ideas

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.
The elongated, rectangular form is nestled into the slope.
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.
"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,
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
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.
The exterior of the home is clad in charred wood siding, which pays homage to summertime bonfires on the beach.
The home is accessed from the west, where the garage is hidden behind a charred timber door.
The home is approached from the south with views of Hood Canal below.
Trout Lake | Olson Kundig
“The home is quite small, but designed in such a way that you don’t feel it,” Herrin says. Lift-slide openings by Quantum Windows & Doors, which were fabricated fewer than 50 miles from the house, make the main living space seem larger.
The eating and sleeping quarters have settled easily onto the shores of Shoal Lake.
The living lounge, dining and kitchen are located within the larger of the two volumes.
The facade will go gray and silver natural, so its verticality, texture and colors will blend in with the vertical tree trunks of the forest.
Exterior of Pink House from the street. The entryway is recessed to enhance the spatial notion of soild and void.
Front view of the FlatPak House in Minneapolis, Minnesota. When the architect first told his wife about his idea, she said, “It’s about time you focus on a house for me!” He continues, “It’s like the old story about the cobbler whose kids have no shoes.”
Front facade
Architect Lorcan O’Herlihy created a residence for himself and his wife, Cornelia, in Venice, California.
The courtyard is just one of many open spaces that will be highly utilized—in the non-winter months anyway. Concrete worked well with developing the language of FlatPak. The second level is a wood panel that can be clad in corrugated metal or cedar—different layers that can be plugged in like covers on your cellphone.
Like the windows, the front door is also a square.

Zoom out for a look at the modern exterior. From your dream house, to cozy cabins, to loft-like apartments, to repurposed shipping containers, these stellar projects promise something for everyone. Explore a variety of building types with metal roofs, wood siding, gables, and everything in between.