Home Exteriors
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When it comes to a unique architectural design, a mansard roof is the type of roof design that stands out as an art. This stylish roof style came into existence from the 16th century but it wasn’t popularized in the US and Canada until the early 17th century. Today, many modern homes feature mansard roof extensions for efficiency and additional space.

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Like many other homeowners, you may have wondered whether a gutter system is even necessary for your home. After all, gutters tend to attract nesting birds, are prone to debris and clogging, and can eventually break or warp. If you live in a warm climate with almost no rain throughout the year, then you may not require a gutter system. But most homes do need adequate gutters to collect the rainwater and protect their structure.  

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One of the most beloved home architectural designs in the US is the Cape Cod style house. You may have seen hundreds of Cape Cod homes dotted around seaside towns of New England and Massachusetts. The style is a very simple one; a rectangular shaped house with gable pitched roof. Cape Cod homes rarely have decorative features or a porch as they were designed for practical reasons rather than appearance. These homes have low ceilings and a huge central chimney to keep the occupants warm during the cold winters of the north. Cape Cod homes are still popular to this day as simple and efficient starter homes for small families or veterans. 

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When it comes to choosing from a variety of building materials to construct a modern home, one popular option is concrete. This material is the most effective in creating a sturdy structure in the quickest possible time.  If you’re considering using this material to build your home, there are some factors you should consider before embarking on such a project. Here I will explain in detail about what a concrete house is, the advantages and disadvantages of this material, 4 types of concrete building systems, as well as some important construction factors to consider when building with concrete. 

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Also known as the Prairie Box, the American foursquare is considered to be a true American style home.  Economical, resource-efficient, and practical, foursquare homes can be seen in almost every US state as well as throughout Canada. It can safely be said that foursquares are the most common and popular house styles in America, providing comfortable housing for growing middle-class families. Being one of the most widely built homes of the early 20th century, the American foursquare is everyone’s favorite for a number of reasons. In this article, learn all about the history of American foursquares, their main characteristics, and the reasons for their popularity.

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When you hear someone talking about the Tudors, the controversial King Henry VIII may pop to mind and the way he treated his six wives. However, during the time he was in power, a very unique architecture was born. The quaint fairytale-like Tudor homes made their appearance among their colonial counterparts with their easily recognizable features. These charming homes come in all sizes and often mimic the romantic appearance of an old English manor. 

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Whether you are looking to replace your existing garage door, or you want to freshen up your home’s exterior, when it comes to garage door inspiration, nothing is off limits. From rustic wooden doors to contemporary glass designs, a garage door is a direct reflection of your home’s architecture, hence it shouldn’t interrupt your gaze by any inconsistent elements.

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 Log style homes have been around for as far back as the Roman times. The first log cabins were built in Nordic countries, and it was the settlers of those Scandinavian countries that first introduced these homes to America. In New England, for example, the main purpose of log cabins was functional rather than to look aesthetically pleasing. These types of homes can be found mostly in the Midwestern and Western parts of the US in the rural areas. The modern versions of log homes have changed considerably, with limited styles but larger in size and the same materials as the older counterparts. But there isn’t just one style of log cabin. There are some structural differences between traditional and modern log homes, which I will go into more detail below.

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From melon, squash and pumpkin to carrot and apricot, No we’re not talking about fruits and veg – these are just some of the many shades of orange you can choose for your front door. An orange front door instantly draws attention and is perfect for those who want to make a punchy statement with this show stopping color. After all, no-one wants to make an uninviting impression with their home’s front entry so it makes sense to opt for a welcoming and striking color like a shade of orange.

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Have you ever considered injecting some personality into your front door by opting for the color pink? From fuchsia and magenta to bubblegum and wild berry – yes we are talking about the rich spectrums of pinks that surpass versatility. Whether you love wearing pink, or want to make a statement by decorating your home in this hot color, you can certainly say it with passion.

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From cobalt and classic blue to admiral and indigo, when it comes to choosing a shade of blue for your front door, you’re certainly spoiled for choice. This understated color is reminiscent of the sea and sky, but it represents so much more. If blue is your favorite color (like it is mine!) and you wish to increase your curb appeal, take a look at my 22 examples of different shades of blue front doors on modern and traditional homes.

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Rhubarb red, mahogany red, raspberry red, red wine…there are hundreds of red shades with dramatic variations. Red is a striking color that complements most other hues. It is also a widely popular shade for a front door that makes even the plainest looking exteriors to stand out. Whether you live in a traditional or modern property, by painting your existing door red or adding a new red front door to your home, you can enhance its curb appeal.