Exterior Design Progress: From Weather Conditions’ Influence to High-Tech Innovations

Many people judge the interior of your home by looking at the exterior. Besides, many contemporary homeowners want to make sure that their home exterior looks as stylish as the interior. This isn’t an impossible feat considering the progress we have witnessed in residential exterior designs in recent years.

Here are modern exterior design ideas that you can use in your home that have been influenced by modern innovations.

1. Windows and Doors

The modern window styles make use of natural materials and low lines, unlike the traditional designs. Moreover, metal-framed windows and doors are trendy while Crittall designs are preferred as they make a statement.

The materials used for the construction of outdoor windows and doors have also changed. The considerations that most homeowners make when it comes to choosing the window and door materials include energy efficiency, fire restrictions, sustainability, and maintenance.

When it comes to outdoor window and door technology, the switchable or dynamic glass windows and doors are gaining popularity. Such doors and windows are eco-friendly as they control the solar energy by use of transparent conductors found in the glass panes. These windows and doors can be controlled automatically or manually, and their panes are darkened or lightened by the use of an electric current.

Other notable innovations when it comes to the protection from sun rays include:

  • The provision of Roller, Venetian, and Zipscreen blinds have allowed for the protection of home interiors from sunrays.
  • The use of thermochromic glazing that keeps the heat out during summer and allows it in during the cold months.
  • Dimmable glazing discolors the glass or makes it opaque through remote control
  • Glass doors and windows made of liquid crystals can also help protect against sun rays.
  • The sun protection glass has a coating made of metal that retains 80% of the sun rays.

Manufacturers are also providing doors and windows that seemingly blend with the home interior. Another notable innovation is the use of coloured frames to provide pleasing exterior décor and the use of smart windows that use environmental triggers to adjust the window tint.

Most modern homes also prefer to have large glass curtain walls to improve exterior aesthetics and to bring in more natural lighting and patios that combine privacy, sun protection, and outdoor feel. For example, Australians nowadays prefer patios with custom made automated outdoor blinds Adelaide companies create. These smart blinds are operated remotely and some can be even programmed to automatically open and close at a certain time.

The use of smart door locks has also turned doors into intelligent systems. These doors use smart communication technology and locking mechanisms, denying access to intruders.

2. Innovative Wall Cladding Designs

Wall cladding is used to cover a building’s exterior or interior. Wall cladding was mostly considered as a form of visual art, but today it has become more of a necessity. Façade cladding acts as a protective layer for your wall, and it’s also used for aesthetic purposes. Cladding also provides thermal insulation, improves lighting, and offers weather resistance.

Stone cladding has been a popular option for home façade in the past, but innovations have led to the use of cladding materials that enhance home exterior designs.

Further, homeowners are looking for quality materials that are cost-effective and sustainable in different weather conditions. This has led to the use of modern cladding materials by designers when it comes to transforming outdated exteriors and building new homes.

Such modern façade cladding materials include:
Wood

  • Vinyl
  • Metal
  • Plastic
  • Laminate
  • Ceramics
  • Fiberglass
  • Aluminum composite panels
  • Glass-reinforced panels
  • LED facades

These modern cladding materials have notable advantages compared to traditional ones. They offer better protection from pollution and weather. They also have higher mechanical strength, that allows them to last longer.

For instance, Fiberglass reinforced claddings and metal claddings are more versatile, while ceramic tiled cladding is eco-friendly and offers improved thermal efficiency. On the other hand, laminate cladding is durable, easy to clean, not affected by weather, and can be made in a variety of finishes and colors.

The highlighted cladding materials are used intelligently to respond to the environment while being defined to ensure they are sustainable. In the future, sustainability and eco-friendliness will play a significant role when it comes to the selection of cladding materials.

3. Innovative Outdoor Garden Designs

The need to create outdoor spaces that are attractive and highly functional has led to innovations in outdoor urban gardens.

Over the years, creativity and repurposing of the urban garden have taken center stage due to limited space in urban areas.

Due to technological advancement, activities that were meant to be done indoors, such as surfing the internet and playing video games, are now being done at the exterior gardens thanks to Wi-Fi and portable technology.

There is also increased use of sensors to monitor and maintain gardens remotely. Such sensors use precision gardening to monitor the levels of fertilizer, soil, and water content in the plants with the help of wireless sensors and Bluetooth.

We also have seen more use of garden robots that remotely use precision cutting to remove grass tips and deposit the grass clippings in the soil to be used as a natural fertilizer.

Vertical gardening, where homeowners grow plants vertically on suspended panels, has also gained popularity due to limited space in modern homes. Such gardens are seen as a better alternative to potted plants as they don’t take up lots of space. They are also low maintenance as you only take care of one long panel. Vertical gardens are also aesthetically pleasing as they provide a lush of color to your wall or garden.

4. Use of Solar Energy

The use of photovoltaic solar panels has benefitted many homeowners as it saves them lots of money in terms of energy bills. For instance, in the UK, almost 10 million homes have installed solar panels. The country is installing solar panels faster than any other country on the globe. With advances in technology, these panels have become more efficient and cheaper for homeowners.

Fortunately, over the last decade, technological advancement has led to more applications of solar energy in the outdoors.

Solar energy is being used to power outdoor lighting. The sun charges the solar batteries of the outdoor LED lights during the day, which then powers the lights enabling them to illuminate the outdoors at night. Internet-linked sensors are also integrated into outdoor lights to change the lighting at different times of the day or night.

Solar paint is another innovation that can turn your entire home into a solar generating home. Solar paint is a type of electricity-generating paint used on roofs and walls. Solar paint is made up of three technologies combined into one.

These three technologies include:

  • Solar paint hydrogen which absorbs air moisture and uses solar energy to break these molecules to oxygen and hydrogen
  • Photovoltaic paint or quantum dots are semiconductors that capture light, turning it into energy
  • Perovskite solar paint or spray-on solar cells is made from calcium titanium oxide and can take a liquid form

Although solar paint is yet to be used commercially, it’s expected to revolutionize the use of renewable energy in homes.

5. Outdoor Lighting

Your home relies on outdoor lighting for added safety and beauty. And outdoor lighting has gone through some innovations in the last few years.

Some of the notable ones include:

Monitor sensor lights – These sensor lights use infrared waves to detect when there is movement. The lights turn on immediately when a movement from a vehicle, an animal, or human is detected. This feature works at night and can act as a security alert. These lights also enable smoother control as you can set a timer to keep the lights on for a given duration.

LEDs – a few years ago, LED outdoor lights were not popular. Today, these lights are the gold standard. These lights are eco-friendly and energy-efficient. They also have a lower temperature making them easier to handle. Considering that a LED light lasts for about 50,000hrs hours compared to 1200 hours of an outdoor incandescent light bulb, these lights are cost-effective despite their high initial cost. LED lights are suitable for outdoor lighting as they are:

  • Low maintenance
  • Flexible, which allows for a more unique and pleasing outdoor
  • Durable and safe
  • They don’t attract insects

6. Innovations in Door Entrances

Your home front provides a welcoming appeal to your visitors. The front door has been a critical aspect of outdoor designs. Modern-day designs have been used to create a warm, decorative, and friendly entrance to a home.

Some of the notable changes observed on today’s front entrances include:

  • Use of door enhancements
  • Uniquely selected and positioned exterior lighting on the doorway
  • Use of stylish door furniture such as Victorian or contemporary furniture
  • Vast windows on either side of a home doorway to give it an asymmetrical look
  • Adding a porch to the front door to add character to your home
  • Use of potted flowers that make your entryway more natural

When it comes to home exteriors, technology has led to undeniable changes in this area. This has not only led to more smart homes but to more environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing outdoors.