There may be items on your house design that are not specifically linked to company websites such as gable accents, porticos, columns, and wood headers. These items are best for you to source locally and/or ask your contractor for local recommendations. We only link design elements to companies that we know and trust do quality work. Below is additional information about many of the elements you will find in your designs:
Many columns are strictly placed on your design for aesthetic purposes but others are weight bearing. It’s very important to discuss the best material for your needs and environment with your contractor. In some cases, your current columns may be wrapped to cut costs. If not, many times cedar or IPE wood is recommended for building columns on site. Woodtone also has beautiful columns in smooth and resawn cedar. They sell through distribution, which helps them to provide service throughout North America. Your contractor will be able to advise on the best material and stain for your project. Please refer to the stain notes below if you’re using a stain and the paint chip on your deliverable if you are painting your columns. Pre-finished columns wraps are also available from vendors such as Barrons Design.
Concrete columns can be built by a local concrete company or a contractor can build with iron and concrete. Be sure to specify “architectural finish” (smooth concrete) and allow the engineer to specify the footing and beam. You can also contact OriganiCrete Hung Panels and they can build and ship custom columns to you.
Concrete panels are becoming more and more popular in contemporary and modern architecture. We recommend OrganiCrete because of their high quality, knowledge of what works and what doesn’t, as well as their ability to customize sizing for any project. Please reach out to Tyler at Hung Panels to learn more about the OrganiCrete panels used in your design. By looking at your brick&batten design, Tyler can recommend sizes and colors that work for your needs.
Your front door is the focal point of your home’s exterior. We have partnered with different vendors across the country from Montgomery, Dallas, Austin, Atlanta, etc. — including Marvin Windows and Doors, Swing Door Company, Exclusive Iron Doors, Doors4 Home, Pivot Door Company, Masterpiece Doors, Doors by Decora, ETO Doors, etc. We love all of their work, which is why we have chosen to partner with them. Our experts guarantee the highest quality and craftsmanship available. Often they are less expensive, even with shipping! They are happy to give you a free quote. All you need to show them is your brick&batten design. That said, we realize you may want to work with someone locally. Most doors can be copied or custom made by someone in your area. Be sure you consult an expert when obtaining measurements to ensure proper door fitting.
brick&batten is happy to help you with the selection of your new garage door; however, to keep your costs low, we recommend purchasing your door from a local garage door company directly.
Gates / Fences
We use Garden Passages AND Pacific Gate Works for our gate designs. They have different styles for different types of architecture. That said, your local contractors can often create similar gates and fences on site for less.
In many cases, your current gutters may be painted to create the look of the design in your deliverable. For faux copper gutters, we recommend Copper Penny Aluminum or Dark Bronze from the Gutter Supply. You may also purchase the decorative leader heads, downspouts, medallions, and brackets from most local hardware stores. Your local gutter supply store will be able to help ensure proper measurement and installation.
Modern House Numbers has a variety of different font styles to choose from. We don’t take measurements; therefore, we recommend you refer to MHN Sizing and Visibility Guidelines for further details.
In most cases, walkway stone may be purchased at a rock yard or hardware store. Using a local rock yard allows you the opportunity to pick each stone individually. Faux stone may be purchased at your local hardware store. Driveway changes such as stamped concrete, pavers, etc. should also be sourced locally. We recommend finding a local vendor and asking them to match our look with their local selection.
James Hardie Panels
James Hardie recently released their new Hardie® Textured Panels product. Without dimensions, we cannot ensure that the seams will line up exactly as shown, however, we do our best to estimate. Your James Hardie specialist will recommend what works best for your home. The Hardie® Smooth Sand Panel comes in 4’x12’, 4’x10’, and 4’x8’. The Hardie® Multi-Groove Panel comes in 16″ wide panels. Please note that we provide the visualization to the best of our ability but your James Hardie representative will know the measurements and can ensure that the panel placement best suits your home’s requirements.
James Hardie Siding
Siding can be sourced locally or through James Hardie and painted the recommended colors. If sourcing through James Hardie, keep in mind that colors shown may vary due to screen resolution. Please see the actual product sample for true color.
We place generic landscapes in your design for height, color and softness. We do not specialize in landscape. Please consult a professional to best guide you in this process. Often a local nursery will come to your house and make a plan knowing your climate and soil type. If you’re just looking for inspiration, check out these landscape beauties for curb appeal.
Size: Determined by space; however, we recommend 1/3 to 1/4 the size of your door. We use aspectLED Ultra Thin for our recessed lighting. With options for light color and trim color, you can find the best option to meet your needs. You can find additional lighting tips here.
Metal awnings may be ordered but are best sourced locally and installed by your contractor to ensure proper drainage and stability. The color of a metal awning will vary based on your environment and manufacturer of the product your contractor recommends. In direct sunlight a bronze metal may look brown with a hint of charcoal, whereas later in the day or a shaded area, the metal may look almost black. To achieve the look in your design, ask your contractor for samples of similar colors. Observe at different times of the day and in different areas before making your selection.
Before you do any work yourself, reach out to a painter that specializes in stucco. They will guide you in the right direction. Often stucco needs to be repaired or prepped before any painting can begin. Due to the texture, paint colors on stucco may vary. Always test before applying. Always refer to an expert for best results.
Visit the Woodtone website and request samples of Summer Wheat, Aspen Ridge, Winchester Brown, and Sand Castle, which are all great colors. We don’t take measurements so clients will need to work with their contractors using our renderings to determine size and selection. We generally prefer James Hardie with a 4-5” exposure; however, it’s really a personal preference based on project budget.
Wood Porch Ceilings / Soffits
There are many different ways to achieve the wood panel look on soffits and porch roofs. Please refer to your contractor for what’s best in your environment. If you prefer, we suggest Woodtone Fineline Paneling. Please get samples of colors: Texas Honey Brown, English Porter, American Nut Brown, and West Coast IPA. For recessed ceiling lighting, we recommend aspectLED Ultra Thin.
We prefer to use Marvin Windows in our designs due to their craftsmanship and ability to customize for different sizes and looks. We recommend window color and style; however, your Marvin dealer will recommend what size and type of window will work best for your environment and budget. With various size options, the Modern Casement can be used on its own or as a complement to awning windows above or below for design versatility.
Custom wood trim pieces can be added to porches, doors, windows, etc. Your contractor will need to measure and choose wood or a composite material that is best for your environment.