Your home’s exterior is more than just a pretty face; A beautiful home is the perfect intersection of style and functionality. The key to creating an attractive exterior is understanding the interplay of each element to create a beautiful, cohesive design.
If you treat your siding, windows, gutters, and roof like separate entities, your home can end up feeling disjointed or thrown together. But if you create a unified look, you’ll get a seamless design that looks fantastic and increases your ROI as well as your curb appeal.
In this post, our contractors at The Construction Group in Maplewood will break down what you need to know about creating a flawless exterior with a cohesive design.
What Is Exterior Cohesiveness?
Exterior Cohesiveness simply means architectural harmony which is pleasing and attractive.This includes matching features, materials, shapes, colors or other design elements. Your home should look symmetrical and attractive and most of all, a home you love to gaze at.
To get a beautiful, unified look, follow this advice.
Don’t Overlook Your Gutters
Your gutters are easily the most overlooked element of your home’s exterior. That’s because we tend to think of rain gutters as more of a utility than a design element.
However, your gutters can serve an important aesthetic function. When you plan your gutters carefully, you can end up with a beautiful design that enhances the overall appearance of your siding and roof.
To get a perfect gutter look, we install gutters to match either your siding, roof, or trim.
Maximize the Potential of Your Windows
Your home’s windows are the simplest design element to work with. The biggest questions most homeowners encounter when installing new windows in a home is what their windows need to be both efficient and up to code. However, you should also prioritize their appearance.
Be sure to match your windows to the architectural appearance of your home as much as you’re able. Choose accent colors and trim that blend well with your roof, siding, and gutters.
Explore Siding Options
Installing siding on your home involves a few big design questions. First, you’ll need to choose a color for your siding. You’ll also need to choose a design that matches your home.
It’s important to consider the staying power of a look over time when considering a trendy color or a bold design. You want siding that will have a timeless appeal years from now.
You’ll also need to consider your home’s architectural style, the look of your neighbors’ homes, and some of the key design elements of your home. Finally, don’t overlook the importance of matching your siding with your roof, windows, and gutters.
Can You Use Mixed Materials?
Yes and No. It depends on the materials. You should not mix stone with brick as your primary building elements or make them equal competitors; however, you can mix stone accents with stucco for a majestic look, or brick with wood design elements such as shutters for a more traditional facade.
Stick with one primary core building material and mix in another as a framing or subtle design accent. Mixed materials can also represent complementary colors or different shades of a color family.
Or, you can play it safe and stick to one material, which will not interfere with the cohesive nature.
Use Complementary Colors
Matching colors can be overdone. You don’t want to have a house that is strictly one color. It’s essential to break up blocks of single colors with complementary colors, shades, etc.
What About Shapes?
Shapes should match to stay cohesive. For example, if you have rounded corners, extend those features into your doors, shutters, gates, etc.
Keep the Rhythm
Rhythm can be thought of as a repetitive use of a group of elements, at least three, to establish a recognizable pattern.
Repeating windows, alternating materials, and a progression of forms (biggest to smallest, for example) are all examples.
Connect with our Maplewood Siding, Gutter, & Window Replacement Contractors
If you’re in the process of replacing your siding, gutters, window, or roof, don’t overlook the big picture. Installing or replacing a key feature on your home’s exterior is the ideal time to start thinking about how your home’s external features work together to create a complete look.
We can also change up the look with a new exterior paint color or add a deck! How about a new room addition? At The Construction Group in Maplewood, our home improvement contractors can help you make important decisions about design options, materials, and manufacturers.
Give us a call at 651-731-5857 or contact us to schedule a consultation, and check out some of our home exterior options or our gallery.