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  • 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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Our designers gave the owners of this Connecticut home a modernized exterior design to meld with all of the work they’d done on their interior. Updated windows and all-glass doors make a huge difference. We suggested updating the siding and painting it in Benjamin Moore’s Wrought Iron along with gorgeous handcrafted stone cladding in a warm neutral color. A new porch awning provides space for covered outdoor seating and connects the front and side entry doors. And we did all of this while keeping the existing garage doors and roof color, which blend right into the updated curb appeal.

#brickandbatten #modernhousedesign #modernhousestyle #curbappealgoals
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Sherwin Williams’ Dover White is one of our favorite off-white exterior paint colors, but it won’t work for everyone. Here are a few top alternatives. ...

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Steven G.’s mid-century ranch-style home in California was in need of a modern update, so he enlisted brick&batten to help. Learn about his experience working with us and see his modern black and white ranch house update from start to finish at our bio link.

#brickandbatten #ranchhouse #ranchhome #ranchhomes #midcenturyranch
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The owners of this home were working on updating their siding, so they reached out to us to get some fresh design ideas to aid in the process. We suggested a combination of vertical siding and shingle siding in Sherwin Williams’ Alabaster. New thick wood porch columns with stone bases and x-style porch railings make the design feel updated yet timeless — and emphasize the incredible wraparound porch. A larger gable over the new double front entry doors bring the eye right where it’s supposed to go. Gorgeous today, and for decades to come!

#brickandbatten #frontporch #porchgoals #whitehouses
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Our designers brought this 1970s home in North Dakota to life with a completely reimagined exterior design. New cladding, windows, doors, front porch overhang, patio, walkway, the works. Sometimes our design updates are subtle — this one, not so much. It hardly looks like the same home!

The rundown:
> New @jameshardie vertical siding in Sherwin Williams’ Caviar
> Modern garage and front doors
> @longboardproducts tongue & groove siding in a dark walnut
> Dramatic uplighting, downlighting, and wall sconces, all in black
> Tons of style!

#brickandbatten #modernhousedesign #modernhousestyle #modernhouses
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We designed four sides of this stunning home — which is your favorite? ...

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We exist to empower clients to make informed decisions about their home’s exterior and create lasting value. Tap the link in our bio to learn more. ...

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Your home’s entryway is one of the most important aspects of its exterior design — and porticos are an aesthetically appealing and functional way to accentuate it. Check out our most recent blog post at our bio link to learn what a portico is, the benefits of porticos, how a portico differs from a porch, and design inspiration for using one of these design elements on your façade.

#brickandbatten #portico #porticos #porticodesigns
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We loved helping this first-time homeowner by giving them a fresh-but-classic style for their home in a Florida golf community. We suggested a Benjamin Moore color palette: Simply White on the stucco, Copley Gray on the trim and new shutters, and Black on the door and window trim. A new custom wood garage door in a mahogany finish makes a huge difference in the curb appeal, while small touches like the pendant light over the front door, tiles on the pathway leading to it, wall sconces, and copper gutters make for a thoughtful design.

#brickandbatten #stuccohouse #stuccohomes #golfhouse #golfcommunity
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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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