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See Your Home’s Potential in a Visual Design

  • 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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  • 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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The owners of this home asked that we focus our talents to one exterior feature only: paint colors. And look at what a difference this new color scheme made for this home’s overall curb appeal!

All colors are by Benjamin Moore: Thunder on the siding, Copley Gray on the eaves, Steam on the trim and columns, and Black on the shutters.

#brickandbatten #exteriorpaint #exteriorpaintcolors #housecolors #housepaint

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Some home elements are mainly decorative, but others, like chimney caps, are functional too. If you’re wondering if you need a chimney cap (or find yourself asking what a chimney cap is), we have you covered with our most recent blog post (link in bio). We tapped Madelyn Oliver, executive administrative officer at Master Caps, to break down everything you need to know about chimney caps and are excited to share her insights with you.

#brickandbatten #chimneycap #chimneycaps #chimneytops #chimneys

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The owners of this contemporary home in Southern California were looking for new cladding options. Our designers suggested vertical fiber cement siding in Benjamin Moore’s Classic Gray paired with a warm wood in a thinner vertical paneling. This warm wood is repeated elsewhere: the front door, garage door, retaining wall + gate, and the front fence. New modern windows complete the look.

#brickandbatten #contemporaryhome #contemporaryhomes #contemporaryhomedesign #californiahome

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Jody H. found brick&batten partway through the residential construction project she was working on: her new home in mid-Michigan. Now that she's made it most of the way through the process, she reached back out to us to share her experience — and some photos! Head to our link in bio to read Jody's story.

#brickandbatten #newconstructionhome #newconstructionhomes #newexterior #beforeandafterhome

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Check out our design for the winner of our spring giveaway! This Midwestern farmhouse was built in the mid-19th century. Our designers helped the owners see what their historic home would look like with their choice of bright white siding. We suggested limewash on the masonry, and new shutters painted in Dried Thyme provide a subtle pop of color. New doors ease the transition to the gorgeous new hardscaping, including a covered porch and open air patio. One of our favorite touches? The new cupola!

#brickandbatten #farmhouse #historicfarmhouse #oldfarmhouse #whitefarmhouse

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Sherwin Williams’ Peppercorn is a versatile dark gray paint color that we’re loving for exteriors at the moment. It has gorgeous depth and a nice softness to it, but it still brings a dramatic touch to curb appeal. Learn more about how our designers are using Peppercorn in our most recent blog post (link in bio).

#brickandbatten #peppercorn #paintinspiration #housecolors #exteriorpaintcolors

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Our designers gave this home a new color palette to help it fit better in its beautiful Pacific Northwest setting. Sherwin Williams’ Rock Bottom on the siding marries with warm wood accents for a lovely aesthetic. New garage doors, a more open front patio to the right of the door, and a beautiful new entryway complete the update.

#brickandbatten #darkexterior #woodsiding #washingtonhomes #pnwstyle

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