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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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We’re here to help you make your dream home exterior a reality with our straightforward design process. Tap the link in our bio to get started. ...

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Warmer weather has arrived, and now this client has the perfect outdoor space to enjoy it. ☀️

Our designers suggested adding an outdoor kitchen and a small pool, replacing the wood decking and grass with patterned flagstone, and swapping out the old railing for a modern cable railing. We also suggested new @JamesHardie siding rendered in Slate Steps. A multi-slide glass door, new windows, a dining table, outdoor fireplace, and other updates complete the look.

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While decidedly functional, gutters can also act as an attractive design element. Homeowners can choose from several gutter colors to enhance the overall design of their exterior. Tap the link in our bio to see some of our favorite options. ...

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This client found us partway through her residential construction project. She used our design as a guide throughout her home building process and loves how everything turned out.

If you need help visualizing your property’s potential, tap the link in our bio to get started.

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Ready to transform your home or business’ exterior? We can help!

We’ll design a fresh new look and create a rendering of your building’s potential. Plus, we’ll provide you with a detailed resource list of everything you need to bring our design to life.

Tap the link in our bio to get started.

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Travis — a builder — reached out to us for an exterior design for a client that would give their home stunning curb appeal. Tap the link in our bio to learn how we helped Travis, and the homeowners, achieve a fresh white brick and stone house exterior design. ...

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Painting your front door an unexpected color is an easy way to boost your home’s curb appeal. Here are a few of our go-to front door colors. Which would you try on your home? ...

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This home is situated on a gorgeous lake and needed an exterior to match the beauty of its surroundings.

Benjamin Moore’s Baltic Gray on the siding looks lovely with the light stone accents and white trim and gives the home a timeless, sophisticated feel. Adding a porch over the carport gives the homeowner some additional outdoor space and a great view of the lake.

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Dried Thyme by Sherwin Williams is a gorgeous dark green paint color with muted tones. Tap the link in our bio to learn more about why Dried Thyme is a popular choice for home exteriors and why it might be the perfect shade for your house. ...

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Searching for the perfect front door color for your brick home? Check out some of our favorites! ...

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This home’s exterior felt disjointed and dated, so we provided a design that gives it a more cohesive, fresh look. We suggested painting the brick and siding the same color — Sherwin Williams’ Dried Thyme — and keeping the trim light.

We also updated the portico area and replaced the blue shutters with black ones. Lush landscaping completes the look.

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