There are a lot of elements that need to be considered when designing the outside of a home. Interior design can be playful, splashy or bold but when it comes to exterior design making a great impression with subtle features is the challenge homeowners face. Functionality is key because the exterior of the home must be able to stand up to all kinds of weather and be easy to maintain, energy-efficient, and still look great. Check out some of these subtle but significant elements of outdoor home design that are essential to creating the look and feel of a home:
Roofing materials have come a long way in the last twenty years. These days homeowners want roofing materials that reflect their own personal style but still are highly functional and durable. The weather patterns are shifting all over the country and winters are getting colder while summers are getting hotter. Extreme weather is becoming more common and homeowners are relying on roofing materials to protect their homes in all sorts of weather. That’s where modern technology comes into play in home design.
Laminated roofing shingles are one of the best new roofing products available for homeowners that want to change the profile of their house and get the durability and functionality that their home needs. These innovative shingles can raise the profile of a proof and change the look of a home. Whether you want the look of a traditional cedar shake roof to add some elegance to your home’s exterior or you want to change the roofline of the home to make your home stand out these shingles offer the design and durability to do that. Laminated roofing shingles are designed to flex and move in high wind and bad weather so that the roof doesn’t get damaged. They can even withstand wind gusts over 100 MPH. And they are available in several different subtle colors to really make the color of your home pop.
Siding is another important exterior design element for homes. Vinyl siding fades quickly, especially in hot climates. It can warp and crack and it needs regular maintenance. Vinyl siding also can make it difficult for your home to stand out among a sea of other vinyl sided homes. But vinyl siding isn’t the only option when it comes to home design. Masonry finishes like stucco can dramatically change the look of a home. So can steel log siding. Steel log siding makes any home look like a rustic and inviting log cabin with the same gleam and beauty that has natural wood has. Only the siding isn’t wood, so it doesn’t have the problems that come with wood log siding. It is very durable and easy to maintain. All you need to do to clean it is rinse it down with a garden hose. It resists mold, pests, insects, and warping, cracking and the other problems that most siding has. It also won’t fade.
No matter what type of exterior finish a home has it should always have a house wrap underneath. Today’s house wraps are made from cutting edge materials that offer the best home protection. A house wrap insulates a home and makes it much more energy-efficient. A house wrap also is a moisture barrier and air barrier to keep the guts of the house in good shape and strong enough to last for a long time.
Windows also contribute to the overall appeal of a home. Large picture windows, floor to ceiling windows, skylights and other types of windows all can give a home more personality while allowing more light and air into the interior of the home. With today’s focus on indoor/outdoor living having large but energy-efficient windows is important to homeowners that want to maximize the availability of natural light while minimizing their energy use and energy costs.