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  • Exterior paint


    Some big renovations just provide a partial ROI; Kitchen remodels only average 80% ROI. On
    the other hand, exterior paint provides a more appealing return on investment of 141%.
    – Triangle Legacy

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    Renovation Expert, Bob Vila states that the first impression, which is the EXTERIOR of your
    home, ADDS 20% to your home’s value.


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Blue farmhouse after exterior design rendering
Historic farmhouse before photo
Two-story home with black siding and transitional exterior design rendering
Two-story home in wooded environment before photo
Mid-century home with an updated colorblocked exterior design
Before of a mid-century style home in a snowy landscape
Virtual design of a two-story home with a metal roof, stone, and siding
Two-story home elevation
Exterior design of a brick dentist's office painted with white with black accents
Before photo of a brick dentist's office
After design of an updated California home with gray siding and stone accents
Before photo of a dated classic California home
Photorealistic design of a contemporary commercial building
Before elevation of a commercial building
Virtual rendering of a brick ranch with limewashed brick, new front porch, and moved front door
Before photo of a classic red brick ranch
A refreshed Tudor-style home in a more transitional style
Before of a Tudor-style home with a dark, dated façade
After design of a large modern farmhouse style home with white siding and stone and wood accents
Before photo of a large traditional home with a big porch and siding being replaced
A Mediterranean home with updated curb appeal
Before of a Mediterranean style home that needed some style
After design of a charming cottage style home with great curb appeal
Before photo of a plain one-story home
After design of an updated home with an a-frame roofline and green siding and great curb appeal
Before photo of a dated brown home with an a-frame roofline
Exterior design of a brick home painted white with gray and black accents
Before photo of a grand traditional brick two-story home
Exterior design of a new construction home that uses a variety of building materials
Before image of a transitional home elevation
Virtual design of a traditional two story home with shutters and earthy siding
Before image of a rather plain two-story suburban home
Virtual design of a stucco home given updated-yet-classic Mediterranean curb appeal
Before photo of a dated stucco home


  • Our mission is simple... brick&batten exists to empower clients to make informed decisions regarding their home’s exterior and create lasting value.
  • As the leaders in exterior design, we’ve helped thousands of clients make their dream home design a reality. We’ve created an effective virtual design process that’s simple for our clients. Plus, we only recommend products that we know and trust, from the highest quality vendors.
  • No one likes to go it alone, especially when it involves exterior cosmetic decisions that affect the value and feel of your home.

Know Before You Paint: Tip of the Trade

We strongly encourage our brick&batten clients to test several swatches of color prior to painting their whole home. Inspect the sample in the morning, mid-day, and afternoon.

The color of exterior paint is altered by surroundings, roof color, sun exposure, amount of shade, time of day, and weather. Also, in some instances, brick will soak up the pigment in the paint, resulting in a lighter appearance on the house…another reason to paint a section of the actual bricks with your samples.

Finally, although computer screens are a good representation of color, every screen showcases color differently. It’s essential to visualize your paint live prior to making a final commitment.

Measuring​ ​Shutters: Tip of the Trade

Always take two measurements. As each window is not created equal, the measurements you take at the top of the window will vary slightly from the one taken along the bottom. Measure the opening along the top of the window, then measure along the bottom.

  • The height of one side of the window will probably be different from the other as well, so take a right-side measurement and a left-side measurement to ensure complete accuracy.
  • Note the window frame width, as well as the wall’s texture. Is it covered with brick, stone or siding?
  • Keep in mind, that unless your shutters will be used functionally, the slight measurement variations (1/4” or less), commonly found in historic homes, are not a major concern.
  • Email info@brickandbatten if you have concerns or need more assistance.

Measuring for a Window Box: Tip of the Trade

Window boxes can be an incredible addition to the front of your house…adding depth, beauty, and style.  However, when they don’t fit the window, they can have the opposite effect.  When measuring for your new window box…follow these tips:

  1. Measure the width of your window.  Most windows are around 3’ long, so generally boxes are made in 30″ and 36” widths.  If your house has shutters or wide trim pieces, you may opt for the box to run under these architectural features or sit slightly inside.  
  2. For a very long window, mount several smaller boxes or one large one.  Custom sizes are available.  
  3. Depth and Width:  Window boxes that are 20-25% the height of the window feel adequately matched to the window scope.  

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When it comes to off-white exterior paint colors, there are countless shades to choose from, but Dover White by Sherwin Williams is one of our favorites. We love this light, creamy shade so much that we included it in our roundup of the best warm white paint colors of 2021 and decided it’s time to give it a proper review, too — which you can find at our bio link.

#brickandbatten #whitepaint #whitehouses #doverwhite

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Another investment property feature, this one in the California mountains. The cladding needed to be replaced and the owners were also planning to order an oversized garage door so came to us for recommendations. We suggested vertical panel siding by James Hardie painted in Sherwin Williams’ Gray Matters. We played off that paint color’s green undertones with Benjamin Moore’s Mohegan Sage on the trim and shake siding accents in a sage color. Warm wood on the front and garage door goes with this earthy theme. Simple and effective.

#brickandbatten #mountainhome #mountainhomes #mountainhomedesign

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@benjaminmoore’s Classic Gray is a lovely, versatile paint color that has “classic” in its name for a reason. And while we love using Classic Gray in all sorts of home designs, it’s not the perfect shade for everyone. Here are a few of our favorite alternatives. ...

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We designed this home for a repeat client who renovates and resells homes in the Pacific Northwest. This home is in a great neighborhood and had a nice metal roof but needed some curb appeal to attract a potential buyer. Our designers suggested Sherwin Williams’ Gray Jacket on the siding and chimney with Caviar on accents. Upgrading the porch and carport with higher-end materials elevates the entire feel. Plus, cleaning up the hardscaping and landscaping and using modern lighting and door options makes this home worthy of a walkthrough.

#brickandbatten #houseflipping #houseflip #houseflipper #houseflippers

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Which of these home exterior transformations is your favorite? ...

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A fence can be just as beautiful as it is functional. Whether your goal is privacy, pet containment, aesthetics, or some combination thereof, there's a fence out there for you. Check out our most recent blog post at our bio link for some of our designers' favorite front yard fence ideas.

#brickandbatten #fencedesign #fenceideas #fenceposts

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We loved bringing the elevation of this new construction multi-unit property in the U.S. Virgin Islands to life with a photorealistic design! We suggested painting the cladding, trim, columns, and railing in Benjamin Moore’s Swiss Coffee with the fascia, deck skirt, and lower level cladding in Sherwin Williams’ Peppercorn. TimberTech decking is a great choice for the climate, as is the weathered concrete beneath the stairs to the upper level. Contemporary exterior wall sconces and a metal roof overhang on the entryway to the middle level deck top things off.

#brickandbatten #caribbeanliving #caribbeanstyle #virginislandslife #caribbeanhomes

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A simple switch from beige to dark gray can make a dramatic difference in the curb appeal of a house. That’s exactly what happened to this client’s California home after he enlisted us to help update it! What do you think of this transformation? ...

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Our designers gave this charming Mediterranean-style home in California a modern, eclectic update that we’re loving. Sherwin Williams’ Modern White on the stucco makes for a striking contrast with the black and near-black accents. A new screen-style fence offers some privacy from the street, while gorgeous patterned tile welcomes guests on the rises of the new walkway steps. Next, because the garage takes up so much of this home’s face, a beautiful new door is key for curb appeal. The finishing touches: a wall fountain, contemporary wood front door, a real wood cladding accent wall in black, and the adorable envelope-style mailbox.

#brickandbatten #mediterraneanstyle #mediterraneanhome #mediterraneandesign #spanishmodern

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Gates can be an excellent source of security and privacy. Plus, they often act as a visual barrier between two spaces. Whether you’re looking to add a functional-yet-attractive design element to your driveway, walkway, or backyard, there are tons of gate ideas to take your space to the next level. Check out some of our favorites at our link in bio.

#brickandbatten #gates #fencedesign #fenceideas #fences

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