Designing Your Home’s Exterior

Designing Your Home’s Exterior

If you’re looking for that one-of-a-kind, majestic-looking home that causes people to slow down to have a look, then building a custom home is right for you. Building a custom home allows you to design the exterior just as awe-worthy as the interior.

At Ilcor Builders you will work with a team of design experts and builders that will help guide your home design, inside and out, toward awe-inspiring appeal. Our team will help you with everything from fixtures, amenities, color, materials, and all finishes to help you create your ideal home.

At Ilcor Builders we will use the following principles to help you create your dream custom home.


Exterior Composition

exterior composition design build on your lot custom home contractorWhile our team helps you design your custom home, we will examine exterior design principles such as composition, or the arrangement of your exterior design elements. In order to design a proportionate and balanced home, elements cannot be thrown together. Instead every element must be strategically placed. Portica sheas must line up with your wrap-around porch roof, doors and windows should seamless go together, design elements and exterior fixtures should match and be in-line with the other elements of your home.


Materials & Textures

ilcor materials and texture selection exterior home design build on your lot austinWith all the available building materials out there, it can be hard to choose. Which is why our team at Ilcor Builders will help guide you toward choices that balance durability with your desired aesthetics. We have over 50 years of experience helping our clients choose materials that are not only beautiful, but will stand the test of time. The best part about building a custom home is you can create your ideal look with any combination of stone, cement board, timber, brick, or any other materials you wish.

We will help you choose the right materials that reflect your individual style, but also keeps you free of continual maintenance or repair. Afterall, you don’t want to build a beautiful home that you have to continually maintain and remodel.


Colors & Fixtures

After you’ve chosen your exterior composition and materials, it’s time to decide on your color palate and fixtures. Color will determine how you home feels. From the color of your cement siding, to the color of your steps, and shutters; every color must complement each other. You can also use changes in color to draw attention to focal points.

When picking colors, determine the personality of your home, the colors used in your neighborhood, and your location. Also let nature’s backdrop help to determine how you want your home to look and feel. If you home is near an ocean, lake, or large trees, use those natural elements to help guide your color palate to compliment the exterior’s natural beauty.

Besides choosing your color palate, you’ll also need to select your fixtures. Your fixtures will include doorknobs, outdoor ceiling fans, lighting fixtures, and other hardware. Your style and color of these fixtures should all fit together. Lighting elements such as sconces, spotlights, flood lights, and accent lighting can enhance your home’s nighttime appeal while keeping your home safe. Our design team will help you select fixtures that are functional as well as beautiful.


Exterior Amenities & Landscaping

ilcor backyard amenities and landscapting design build firmYour outside space should not only be pleasant to look out, but should also be part of your family’s lifestyle. Outdoor amenities allow you and your family to better take advantage of your outdoor space and can help bring people together. Swimming pools and outdoor kitchens are the most popular outdoor amenities because they ensure a good time for your and your family. They allow you to entertain at a level above while increasing your home’s value (and maybe some neighbor envy).

While swimming pools and outdoor kitchens are the most popular amenity options, there are many more amenities that you can add to your home. What you select depends on your desired lifestyle. Think about how you would ideally like to spend your time outdoors, and let the team at Ilcor Builders recommended amenities that best fit. If you like to smoke an occasional cigar or enjoy an evening glass of wine while watching the sunset, a covered or screened in deck or patio may be right for you. If you are a move buff or avid sports fan with lots of friends, an outdoor movie screening space can help you bring your friends together in a drive-in movie style.


Designing the exterior of your home is filled with complex decisions, but the team at Ilcor Builders is here to guide you through every decision. We pride ourselves on giving our clients a home that is beautiful from every possible angle, and we would love to help bring your dream home to life.

Contact Us


Ilcor Builders has been building  custom homes in Austin, Texas and the surrounding areas since 1963. We are a family owned business with over 50 years’ experience building custom homes. We would love the opportunity to discuss your custom home goals in our design studio in North Austin or in the comfort of your home. Please contact us at 512-476-7568 or request a free consultation.



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