One way to transform your modern house exterior from rundown and bland to breathtaking and unforgettable is to add interesting twists and changes to your facade, or enhance existing classic elements. Classics never go out of style, whether in music, fashion, or movies, and the same applies to home exteriors and facades. The timeless touch of the classic home exteriors surprisingly meshes well with the clean, sharp integrity of modern architecture.
Compared to other urban residences, modern homes with traditional or historical features offer a fresh, stunning aesthetic that will amp up their appeal and increase the property value. If you’re thinking of renovating or remodelling your home to incorporate classical home exterior designs, here are some styles and elements you can include.
Classic Exterior Touches For the Modern Home
#1 Balance & Symmetry
A staple feat in classical design is the sense of balance, harmony and symmetry, both inside and outside the home- which matches well with the modern style of sharp geometric lines and uncluttered an appearance. Common architectural elements that feature such symmetrical purity and balance include tall classical columns that support a full-height front porch, elaborate doorways, evenly spaced windows flanked by shutters, and flat roofs with a central dome.
#2 Pitched Roofs
A usual theme among classical exterior styles is a steeply pitched roof with dormers on the second or third storey of the house. Despite being one of the typical hallmarks of traditional architecture, sloped roofs help to accentuate a house’s overall look, if not offer it a unique, magnificent twist on modern classical architecture. Pitched roofs also have practical benefits; and they leave a lot of attic space inside which, if permitted, could be a perfect area to renovate!
#3 Restoring Classic Features
Some homes already come brimming with classical features, which can look great in contrast to the new parts of a modern build. Whether it be original porch tiling, or intricate paintwork, it will be worth your time to update and restore these classic features to enhance the look of your home.
If you can see potential in the exterior details of your house, why not consult with an expert and plan a restoration to enhance the existing beauty of the features.
Perhaps the old sash windows aren’t working as they should, or some of the iron lacework is missing from your entryway? No matter the detail, it’ll be worth your time and effort to restore any original features, so you can let them shine for years to come.
Columns are a tried-and-tested architectural favourite that come in various designs and shapes; their versatility can help enhance the kind of visual aesthetic you want, whether it be intricately detailed and ornate, or simple and neat. Large and round columns typically make enough of a statement alone. For smaller styles like tapered and non-tapered columns, match them with elements like recessed and raised panels. For a stately, luxurious exterior façade, choose large Neoclassical and Tuscan designs.
When in Doubt, Call the Experts
When considering to add classic exterior touches to enhance your modern home, it is always best to consult professionals for the design and renovation. Bayside Extensions will be more than happy to accommodate your exterior renovations and extension needs. Check out our recent extension and renovation projects to witness the expertise and professionalism of our team of designers and builders. You can call us at (03) 9596 0368.