When planning the architecture of our ideal house, we often direct the majority of our efforts into the inside and pay less attention to the outside. Keep in mind that it is the facade that your acquaintances, neighbors, and complete strangers see when they come to see you or just pass by it. A beautiful exterior will undoubtedly grab people’s attention and will represent the overall design aesthetic of the home. In addition to this, it serves as an introduction to the rest of the world of your particular visual style. Take a look at these forty different designs for the outside of contemporary homes to get some ideas and inspiration.