Innovative Home Exterior Ideas

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While our Innovation Home is a testament to the latest and greatest in design details, it's also big on smart materials that deliver. See the features that take the home's exterior to the next level.

Smart Exterior

There's more than meets the eye when it comes to the facade of our Innovation Home. New technologies, smart design strategies, and cutting-edge materials ensure the home's exterior is as smart as it is attractive.

The wow-factor of the Innovation Home starts with great curb appeal. See the eight things that make the home's exterior stand out.

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Take a tour of the Innovation Home's exterior.

Perfect Combo

Fiber-cement siding and architectural trim is designed to withstand extreme heat and cold. The smooth finish lends a modern feel and is a clean backdrop for the standing-seam metal roof accents. 

Siding and trim: James Hardie

Style Notes

Black window cladding adds a fresh twist to the home's exterior. The blue front door pops against the neutral facade and hints at the colors used in the home's interior schemes. Oversize lanterns flanking the door are scaled for visual impact, but their traditional profile suits the traditional farmhouse style of the home. 

Material Mix

Black river rock in the front flowerbeds picks up on the black window cladding on the exterior, tying the landscaping to the facade.

Garage Doors

In keeping with the home's fresh traditional style, the garage doors look like wood, but the composite material won't warp or rot like the real deal. The asphalt roof shingles (which have a wood-shake look) took their color cue from the garage doors, a move that ties the facade together. 

Roofing: GAF

Light It Up

While garage lights typically find their place on the sides of the doors, here the lighting is elevated to spotlight placement. Three barn light-inspired fixtures hung above the garage doors direct light down and act like flood lights.

No-Worry Decking

PVC decking is designed to resist stains and scratching. Like other materials on the house, it looks like wood but comes without any of the maintenance.


The Automated Life

Doors and windows with automated shades between the glass panes are operable from an app or remote control. The doors look like elegant French doors but are actually space-saving sliders. 

Doors and windows: Pella

United Front

A mix of double-hung, awning, and casement windows gives the home's facade a rhythm. Black standing-seam metal roof accents add variety and unite the black window cladding to the roof shingles.

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