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See Your Home’s Potential in a Visual Design

  • Exterior paint

    141%

    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

  • Want to add

    20%

    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

Mission

  • 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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Whether you’re keeping your current roof or getting a new one, it’s important to ensure your roof looks cohesive with the rest of your home. Head to our link in bio to check out some house and roof color combinations we love.

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Giveaway alert! We've teamed up with our friends at @modernhousenumbers to celebrate their 14th anniversary with an incredible giveaway. Four winners will be chosen at random to win $100 MHN gift cards, and one of those lucky people will then be entered to win the Grand Prize — a free one-sided exterior design from a photo from brick&batten! That means you could win $100 toward new house numbers AND a virtual makeover.

Here's how to enter:

1. Follow @modernhousenumbers and @brickandbatten.
2. Like this post and leave a comment about how you'll use the prize to boost your curb appeal.

Entries will be accepted until 5 p.m. EST on October 7th. Winners will be announced on this post on October 8th!

The fine print: By submitting a nomination, you agree to allow us to use your content in brick&batten marketing materials. Only one winner per household.

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There are tons of different types of dormer windows and countless ways to incorporate them into your home’s exterior. Check out a few of our favorite designs featuring dormer windows and let us know which one you like best. ...

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City Loft is a soft white paint color by Sherwin Williams that our designers love for the cozy feel it brings to a variety of home styles. It may not be as versatile as other whites we’ve reviewed on our blog, but it deserves attention all the same. Head to our link in bio to learn more about this hue.

#brickandbatten #whitepaint #whitehouses #whiteexterior
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This client bought a multi-family home in Florida for her mom to live in. Her mom wanted to call it the ‘Pink Flamingo’ so we went all in, rendering it in Benjamin Moore’s color but the same name. The result is old school Key West vibes but with a modern touch, thanks to details like the cable railings and stone retaining wall with built-in lighting. Front porch and balcony ceiling fans will help with the heat when her mom and their tenants want to enjoy the view of the street.

Today’s post is in honor of the first day of #breastcancerawarenessmonth

#brickandbatten #pinkhouse #pinkhouses #pinkhouseliving
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Incorporating wood shutters into your home's exterior is a fantastic way to add visual interest and boost your curb appeal. Leave them natural, paint them, put them on some windows or all of them — the possibilities are endless. Check out some of our favorite home designs featuring wood shutters in our roundup at our bio link.

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We loved helping this client transform her traditional style red brick home. What do you think of the result? ...

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Beautiful as a main or accent color ✔️
Works on many homes styles ✔️
Pairs well with a variety of colors ✔️

Benjamin Moore’s Cloud White checks all the boxes, but it still isn’t the perfect shade for every home. Here are some alternatives we love.
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There are tons of greige paint colors to choose from, but Edgecomb Gray by Benjamin Moore is one of our exterior designers’ favorites for its warm, neutral tone. Learn more about this shade in our most recent exterior paint color review, at our link in bio.

#brickandbatten #greige #greigehome #greigestyle
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We’re here to help make your dream home a reality! Tap the link in our bio to get started. ...

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