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Virtual Exterior

Design

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.  

@brickandbatten on instagram

As January comes to an end, we’re looking back on some of the designs we’ve finished this month. Which is your favorite? ...

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This client really wanted a pink door — and we delivered! Our design features Sherwin Williams' Azalea Flower on the front door with Pacific Blue on the siding, plus Greek Villa on the columns and trim, and Tricorn Black on the shutters.

Are you a fan of this home's fun, feminine color palette? Let us know below.
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Meghan enlisted brick&batten to help with a redesign of the exterior of her Michigan lake house, which she uses as a vacation home and short-term rental property. We provided her with a handful of design iterations to help her find exactly what she wanted.

Tap the link in our bio to read all about her experience and see her home's transformation.
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Which of these earth tone color combinations is your favorite? Let us know below!👇 ...

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If you’re looking for front porch planter ideas to freshen up your curb appeal, you’ve come to the right place. 🏡 Tap the link in our bio to check out some of our favorites. ...

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Mega Greige is a stunning neutral shade that brings plenty of warmth and softness to any style of home. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’ll work for your specific home and design goals. Here are some alternatives to consider. ...

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This client's biggest issue with her home was its awkward-looking upper deck. To address this, we replaced the old railing with a glass one and created a cozy seating area with a sectional sofa.

We left the home's brick natural but suggested other design updates, including a new front and garage door, a new roof, wood columns, sleek light fixtures and planters, and a stone paver walkway and driveway.
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If a neutral paint color is what you’re after for your exterior but you want something more dynamic than a gray or beige, Mega Greige by @SherwinWilliams might be for you. Read our full review at the link in our bio. ...

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Are you a fan of contemporary homes? Let us know below, and then tap the link in our bio to take our Style Quiz! ...

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We designed two sides of this home and provided the owner with two color options. Which one would you choose? ...

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We’re proud to partner with @affirm! Choose how you pay at your own pace — from 4 interest-free payments every two weeks or monthly payments.

Payment options through Affirm are subject to an eligibility check and are provided by these lending partners: affirm.com/lenders. CA residents: Loans by Affirm Loan Services, LLC are made or arranged pursuant to a California Finance Lenders Law license.
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