Design elements for new home exteriors

Design elements for new home exteriors


Often we talk write articles focussing on aspects of architectural design. This time we consider the exterior of your custom built home by exploring 5 key design elements.

Chateau Architects and Builders apply a holistic approach to the custom home design process - we place great importance and emphasis on every single aspect for the design process by including the home exterior, yard, decking and how to utilise any existing natural features of a property.

There are a few key design elements that need to be considered when determining the best use of space, colours and other features of an outdoor space.

1.The entrance to your home
Why is this one so important? The entry is usually the focal point to your home. You want it to reflect your desired architectural style, look great, and create a sense of appeal for visitors – and of for the family coming home at the end of a long day!

2. Colours, Textures and Materials for days..
Federation colours, feature walls, stainless steel, rendering, beautiful timbers, the list goes on. These aspects of your home combine to create the overall visual impact of your home. The trick here is to combine aesthetics with durability, and of course keeping in mind the all-important budget. Getting the balance right will create all the difference.

3. Cat on a hot tin roof?
Imagine just for a moment one of your favourite custom homes.. Now try to remove the roof from that mental image. For the most stunning homes, the roof is an added feature that essentially ‘seals the deal' on your exterior. Obviously you want to keep your home cool and protected, as well as keep maintenance as low as possible, but you can also use colour, materials and style to create impact. Slated tiles remain the most popular, but there are many newcomers on the market to discuss too.

4. Landscaping
Landscaping isn't just planning a garden. It’s about how to best utilise the space and existing flora to maximize the overall feel that you would like to achieve outdoors. Chateau work with a great selection of landscapers, and we suggest you take your time to find a landscaper who can really work to deliver your desired outcome. Use your imagination – veggie gardens are increasingly popular, and separated retaining walls used to highlight different sections of your garden can also work well.

5. How does it shine in the dark?
Outdoor lighting is importent for two main reasons: Firstly, you want to be able to have the functionality to use the space when the sun goes down. Will you need to access entertaining space, tennis court or pool area, washing and other pathways. How about the entry to your home using both the front and back entries?
Secondly; Getting the lighting right can create a dramatic affect. It’s important to choose styles and fittings that compliment the architectural style of your home.