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Impressive facades

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Let's be honest, in this day and age, first impressions count. Not to be superficial, but what are the first things you notice when you approach a new property for the first time? The size, and perhaps, the state of the garden? Whether you feel green with envy, or genuinely overwhelmed, a brilliant exterior facade will always leave the viewer wondering what is hidden behind closed doors.

Despite the age old idiom we are taught by our parents to Never judge a book by its cover, you cannot help but find yourself feeling a little weak at the knees when you see photographs of grandiose dream homes. Whether it is a picture perfect example of modern design, or an extension on a classic home, homify is about to take you on a tour of some magnifcent exterior facades. 


This is one of those beautiful examples when mid century architecture is perfectly fused together with modern design. Employing the same render as the existing building, and keeping the exterior envelope similar, the architect has made the extension appear as though it always belonged. It takes precision to combine two vastly different design styles, but as you can see here, it has been executed wonderfully, and resulted in an impressive and beautiful facade. 

New world classics

Landmark Home On Elevated Coastal Site With Panoramic Views:  Houses by Des Ewing Residential Architects
Des Ewing Residential Architects

Landmark Home On Elevated Coastal Site With Panoramic Views

Des Ewing Residential Architects

Conversely, an impressive facade is not limited solely to modern design. The recreation of a traditional British style, is equally as jaw-dropping as the typical modern approach to house design. In fact, it is sometimes much harder to mimic the past. We absolutely love the pitched roof, chimneys and enclosed attached conservatory to the left. The scale of the building is also exemplified by the tall conifer trees which line the driveway—an elegant and classic example and, of course, a memorable experience for approaching guests. 

Minimalist chic

New villa in West Edinburgh - Terrace:  Houses by ZONE Architects
ZONE Architects

New villa in West Edinburgh—Terrace

ZONE Architects

It isn't essential for the exterior facade to be huge to be considered impressive. In fact, being able to stop people in their tracks with a smaller design, is cause for admiration. The most interesting element of this design is the extruded second storey balcony. Acting as both a shade, additional outdoor space and aesthetic element, this glass exterior facade will have your guests oohing and ahhing. This project embodies the notion of minimal space, maximum impact. 


It is wonderful to see steel, concrete, stone, wood and glass merged together to form one unique and awe-inspiring facade. The designers of this home answered a brief that required the outside and inside spaces to interpenetrate one another. On top of this, the home pays homage to the landscape it is situated in, blending the site and new build together as one. If you look closely, you can see how the materials have been left at their purest and most raw state—the natural beauty of stone and timber employed, should not be hidden behind polish and paint.

Light up your life

Located in a place of environmental significance, the most important element of the design was to ensure the design of the house spoke the same language as the landscape it is set in. Built with local stock brick, the home has been built and designed considering sustainable solutions. The entire skeletal glass facade not only hides its grandeur, but allows ample natural light to penetrate the space. This means traditional heating and cooling methods are not essential. Above all, the design of the exterior allows the occupants to enjoy the scenery from the comfort of their own home.


This Edwardian villa has has magnificent new extension to the rear. The architects have executed this project with precision by employing a similar building technique and materials that are relevant to the period of the existing house. The addition of the white french doors is a subtle and gentle way to introduce a newer element to the design. Nonetheless, this is an example of how to seamlessly blend two different eras, and shows that retaining historical buildings is of utmost importance in this age of technology and growth.

To see another amazing example of residential architecture see ’Luxury living: The fairways’.

What do you think? Which one of these homes would you want to live in? Let us know!
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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