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5 Home Exterior Trends on the Rise in 2019 By Houzz

The most popular exterior photos so far this year show mixed materials, farmhouse inspiration and inviting front porches

The most popular exterior photos uploaded to Houzz so far in 2019 show a wide mix of architectural styles but many common threads. Inviting porches, mixed-material palettes, attractive garage doors and more had Houzz users saving these exterior photos to their ideabooks.

1. Front Porches

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Clearly, nostalgia for sitting on a rocking chair or cuddling up on a porch swing while watching the world go by captivated users — every single one of the most popular front-exterior photos includes an inviting front porch. Here, the Chippendale-style railings, handsome columns, dark front door with side lites and pleasing symmetry make it easy to see why so many Houzz users were taken with this Salt Lake City home by The Fox GroupF

2. Modern Farmhouse

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Modern farmhouse style continues its influence in 2019, as evident in this house by Ironwood Construction Group. The style blends traditional farmhouse architectural features like gabled rooflines, board-and-batten siding and standing seam metal porch roofs with more modern crisp and contrasting color palettes, open floor plans and streamlined modern touches. The pros at Ecraft broke up this large Georgia home into pleasing volumes using farmhouse architecture — a barn-like wing, a breezeway, a front porch and a series of gables. The varied roofline, mix of board and batten, clapboard and brick, timber corbels, brick accents, stained wood door and the vent details in the peaks of the gables all add to its charm.

3. Indoor-Outdoor Living

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In addition to the front porch, the concept of indoor-outdoor living also extended to the rear exterior. This home in Napa Valley, California, by Holder Design Associates has a large back porch and large doors that create a seamless flow between indoors and out.

Wide openings ease indoor-outdoor living and provide expansive views and access to the patio and pool of this Los Angeles home built by Extreme Developers. A diamond pattern breaks up the concrete with soft green grass, and a balcony and picture window allow the second floor to enjoy the view.

4. Mixed Materials

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As seen in many of the most popular exterior photos so far, Houzz users were drawn to facades that mixed materials in the siding, roofs and accents. Stone was a particular favorite. 

Houzz users loved everything about this Denver home’s exterior, from the large vertical windows that emphasize height to the flat planes of the roof; from the neatly landscaped yard to the natural stone that continues onto the house. This home is very different in style but uses a similar strategy. Where the last house was contemporary, this one has transitional farmhouse-inspired style thanks to board-and-batten siding, the metal porch roof and 2-over-2 windows. A stone wall anchors the base of the house and extends it into the landscape. Heavy timber posts with stone bases, a wood railing and prominent chimneys accentuate rustic touches on this contemporary South Carolina lake house by Alair Homes Clemson. Meanwhile, the stone driveway pavers complement the stone used on the architecture and throughout the landscape. This beautiful Birmingham, Alabama, home mixes brick, painted wood cladding and reclaimed beams used as window lintels. An arched doorway, a brick path, meticulously trimmed shrubs and a gas lantern enhance the beautiful architecture. 

5. Glass Garage Doors

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Sometimes garage doors are like a badly chosen lipstick on the face of a house, but they don’t have to be. Savvy Houzz users noted how the glow seen from behind these opaque glass garage doors enhanced the look of this Seattle home. And they inject a big dose of modern into the modern-farmhouse style recipe. The double garage door on this Los Angeles home takes up a good amount of the facade, so it was important that it be attractive. Gridded opaque glass does the trick. The home also features a sculptural gate and an inviting front porch.