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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:
- 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.
- For a very long window, mount several smaller boxes or one large one. Custom sizes are available.
- Depth and Width: Window boxes that are 20-25% the height of the window feel adequately matched to the window scope.