If you’ve ever walked past a house and found yourself charmed, you’ll understand the power of architecture.
Beauty isn’t skin deep, it’s true, but certain spaces will catch your eye, pull you in and pander to your senses.
Such is the magic of exterior design – the key principles that guide an outdoors project to make it appealing, practical, comforting and sustainable.
So many people take this for granted – leaving no stone unturned when it comes to perfecting the interior of their home, only to neglect their front yard by simply planting a tree or two and calling it a day.
This is a big mistake, considering that people notice the exterior from the outset. You know what they say – first impressions last!
What is exterior design?
Exterior design is the art of creating a seamless, practical and aesthetically pleasing layout around a building.
It covers outdoor living areas, such as your garden, deck and pool – as well as the exterior facade of your house (features like paint, panels, lights and roof materials).
You need to have a solid understanding of structural engineering, before embarking on modern exterior house designs.
This is no easy task. Architects consider a number of factors, when crafting the perfect outdoors space that meets your needs:
– Matching the style you’ve chosen for the interior of your home
– How you intend to use the space – do you have children who need playing room? Will you be entertaining guests?
– Your surrounding environment: what’s the weather like? What materials are best suited to the elements? What natural features can you take advantage of? Are there any pests that need to be kept away?
– Local council regulations that determine the height and boundaries of your property.
The character of your neighbourhood – how to bring your vision to life, while honouring the community style (if there is one) and your neighbours’ right to privacy and views.
The key benefits of modern exterior house designs:
A well-designed space boosts your health and wellbeing
Certain spaces work wonders for our health, thanks to the careful way they’ve been designed. Humans are instinctively drawn to environments with particular qualities. The Danish even have a word for it – hygge – which is all about creating spaces that nourish feelings of warmth, belonging and joy.
Retreating to an outdoors area that you love is one way to improve your life quality!
Lift the value of your home
Most people appreciate homes that look good AND create a sense of comfort. Humans are highly visual creatures and we often make snap decisions after a single glance. If you plan on selling or renting your home in the future, it’s in your best interest to create an eye-catching space that promotes harmony, luxury and practicality. The outdoors area is the first space that people see, it leaves a lasting impression so it’s essential to get this right when building or renovating.
Less maintenance required
A professional designer pairs quality building materials with sophisticated technique, reducing the need for maintenance later down the track. This saves you time and money, since your property is protected from damage that comes with the elements or common pests. For example, protected wood withstands water damage and specialised staining jobs guard areas that are vulnerable to termites.
Save money on power bills AND help the environment
Believe it or not, landscaping can help to warm your home in the summer and keep it cool in the winter – saving money on energy bills. How does this work? There’s the obvious – planting trees outdoors boosts shade and cools down your home. Perhaps more surprisingly, certain building materials contain cooling and warming properties. For example, white roofs could reflect 75 per cent of sunlight away from buildings, leading to cooler interior temperatures.
Boost harmony with your neighbours
No doubt your neighbours don’t want to cop an eyeful of you sunbathing in your private courtyard, which isn’t so hidden after all. Architects can design your outdoors space to maximise privacy and security (for everyone involved). They also make sure your house doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb on your street, while honouring your individuality.
Playoust Churcher has perfected exterior design and spaces
Our architects deliver unique and modern exterior spaces that delight and surprise our clients in the best possible way. We work closely with you to turn your dream into a reality.
Please contact us to find out more about our services.