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Spectacular façades that will get your neighbours talking!

Kayla Gulec Kayla Gulec
Minimalist house by 松岡健治一級建築士事務所 Minimalist
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Here at homify, we're dedicated to helping you to get the inspiration you need for all of your home renovation projects. Whether it's creating the perfect outdoor area, finding out what you need to design your kitchen in a modern way, or whether we're taking you on tours to some fantastic pieces of architecture from around the world, we want to help you get the ball rolling on any redecoration project you have in mind.

That being said, what happens when you have a rather large project in mind? What if you want to change then entire facade of your home to make it look more spectacular? Well, we have something for that, too! This Ideabook is dedicated to showing you fantastic facades that will inspire you in your journey for a new one. After reading this, you'll have a better insight into the perks of each type of facade, helping you come to your own styling decision.

1. Mirror façades

Mirrors by bandesign Modern
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Mirrors

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You didn't think it was possible to have a mirror facade, did you? Well, not only is it possible, it's just plain awesome!

This facade is all about aesthetics, and boy does it do a jaw-dropping job! The mirrors used as panelling on the building create a space that seems to come from the Twilight Zone. As each element of surounding nature is reflected off of the surface of the mirror, it's as if we're thrown into a different dimension. Mirrored facades offer an original way to refocus the visual aspect of any building back to its surroundings. The mirrors function as visual instruments to direct the light and viewing experience of a building from the unnatural to the natural. Some architects have even designed buildings with mirrored facades that look as if they aren't even touching the ground at all.

2. Façades with volume

The next type of facade we'll be addressing are facades that incorporate volume, and this particular facade is one that will leave you speechless. Facades with volume integrate the different levels of the house into one giant, leveled work of art. The visual effect of the facade is extreme. The design of the house allows for easy ocular transitioning, meaning that your eyes follow the lines of the facade in a seamless transition all the way across the structure, yet we are still able to distinguish between the storeys of the house. Aesthetically, it's quite pleasing, and architecturally, this house has a double function – volume for looks, and volume for added space. As we can see, one layer of volume in this house is it's own balcony. Now that's hitting two birds with one stone!

If you want to see more of the volume of this magnificent house, visit architect Mellina Cortis Studio.

4. Closed façades

Now here's something you don't see every day in the vast world of architecture – closed facades. A closed facade is a facade that is closed off from the world, in essence. This type of closed facade offers no windows, no doors – nothing to indicate an entry point except for the concrete path in front. That's because the entryway is behind the wooden front wall. Go around the wall, and you're met with the giant sliding glass doors that open up to the living area. The wall acts as a shield to outside eyes from peaking into those big glass doors, but if we look closely, we can see the barrier is made from small, thin slabs of wood, making it slightly see-through. Just enough for the inhabitants and the wind to use. 

For more information about this spectacular house, check out this Ideabook!

3. Façades with balconies

What's one thing we all admire and long for in a home? Well, a balcony is sure one of them. I mean, who doesn't want to drink their morning coffee with leisure outside on a balcony to wake up? Sounds pretty great to me. Facades with balconies offer an extension of the house. They provide a secluded, raised platform for quiet contemplation, or for a few friends and a few beers.

Balconies also offer great curb appeal, so if you're ever thinking about selling, this is one feature you know prospective buyers are going to fight over. Balconies raise the value of your home substantially, so if you want a facade with a balcony, it'll definitely be worth it in the long run to spring for a larger, more spacious balcony.

5. Lights and shadows

Incorporating lights and shadows to your exterior will do wonders for the design and wow-factor of your home. No matter what type of facade you currently have, or are aiming to achieve, you should always have some lights out front to show it off during the evening and at night. 

The lights we see in this image on the steps jet upward on the wall to the right of the door, giving the wall a towering and more expansive feel. The light coming from the second storey window also add to this feeling. The lights to the left in the shrubbery provide great path lighting, and also highlight that there is in fact a small garden at the entryway. These lights and shadows on the facade turn a rather plain setup into something extraordinary and powerful. So even if you don't have the money to completely revamp your facade, adding lights will certainly add new dimensions to your property.

6. Stone façades

We're ending this Ideabook on a classic note. And what's more classic than stone?

Rock and stone structures have existed as far back as history can remember, so it's no wonder why we're addressing it today. Stone facades, and stone structures in general, are famous for their durability. Stone will not fade or crack over time. As we've seen from history, it lasts for centuries. Aesthetically, stone looks quite good as well, as it adds textures and individuality to your home. No one stone looks the same, giving your facade the uniqueness you've been craving. And made by Mother Nature, its look is commonly viewed as superior to the man-made painted look. The semi-light weight of stone also eliminates the need for wall ties or footings, which makes building easier and cheaper.

Can't afford stone? Try manufacture stone veneer. It's about half the cost of natural stone.

by FingerHaus GmbH - Bauunternehmen in Frankenberg (Eder) Modern

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