Top exterior design trends for 2018

Top exterior design trends

Top Exterior Design Trends for Home Extensions

2018 is already becoming a great year for the architecture industry and what it can bring to houses/buildings. The industry is ever changing, with new and exciting ideas constantly coming into play, and so the trends are constantly changing. Therefore, we have created a list of our top 3 picks and what we believe will become the top exterior trends for 2018.

It is not just about how a building looks inside. Now people are more likely to judge the inside of the building before they even step foot in it, due to the outer aesthetics.


#1 Texture

Something that will give off a ‘wow’ factor to any building is the texture of it. Bringing different textures to the outside will create an unusual look which will bring the whole house alive. One way which is starting to become popular is the contrasting textures. For example, a gloss steel alongside a wooden front. The shine off the steel and the dull wood will complement each other well.


Wooden textures:

One texture which is becoming popular is the wooden cladding. Apart from the aesthetic look, it also has the lowest energy consumption and the lowest CO2 rating, as it actually absorbs it during growing, and locks it in when used in construction. So not only does it look great, but when sourced from a local producer it is very green.

Wooden textures are not a new invention, however, they were becoming a ‘thing of the past’. Yet, towards the end of 2017, there was a big breakthrough with part wood surfaces on houses. Breaking up the all brick look with a contrasting surface.


Metal textures:

Metal surface for houses is a brand new concept, however, one which is becoming increasing popular. Metal surfaces are an ultra-modern look, and with the reflective surface, will make your house appear bigger.


Stone textures:

The use of stone placed on brick looks great. The difference in textures are subtle yet still looks modern. 2018 is set to see more of these houses.

Apart from them just looking good, they also have some huge benefits. Stone is considered as one of the most durable construction materials, meaning it will protect you against most weather types, including a strong resistance against fire and water.


#2 Red bricks

Red bricks are back! But not like you are used to. Red bricks have been used in a number of different ways. From heritage buildings to general suburbia where they were a default choice. Now these red bricks are coming into 2018 with a different approach…a more premium style.

The red bricks will be used in a stylish way to enhance any areas of a building. It will show a contemporary style of building work, enabling you to show off aspects to your building which will give the most amount of effect.


#3 Eco/nature-friendly


Eco friendly houses are becoming more and more popular, and in 2018 it isn’t going to stop. People are now more conscious of the environment. However, this doesn’t have to be boring! There are many different ways to liven up a building with eco-friendly ways. One way, which also ties in with our number 1, is the texture.

Grassed walls are becoming more and more popular. It is not only a great talking point, but also one which is great for the nature around you. A quirky look for your house will give you the wow factor.


#4 Dark outer

Another increasingly popular design which is already showing a great impact to the architecture industry this year, is the dark facade. Darker houses and extensions, create a more sophisticated look. Giving a greater impact to the first glance of the building.

So 2018 is set to be an exciting year for architecture. Exterior trends are becoming a big focus as people want to give off the ‘wow’ factor not only to the inside but the exterior. For more news on architecture, click here.

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