Mackenzie

brick&batten Contributor

Mackenzie has been writing for brick&batten for three years, and most of her exterior design knowledge comes from renovating her own home. She purchased a log home that was stuck in the ’90s and the previous owners were unable to keep up with exterior maintenance. From reimagining the landscaping and hardscaping to revamping the porch and logs, Mackenzie and her family approached the entire project DIY-style.

In her free time, Mackenzie enjoys cooking and spending time with her family of six on their farm, which includes cows, chickens, rabbits, dogs, and cats. She has been writing for 12 years and has explored a variety of materials from food writing to lifestyle pieces and, of course, virtual exterior design.

Blogs by Mackenzie

Victorian Style House Design Tips for Maximum Curb Appeal

Steeped in history and characterized by intricate details, Victorian style homes boast a timeless charm that captivates the eye. These architectural gems, popularized during the reign of Queen Victoria during the 19th century, spark effortless enchantment with their ornate façades and whimsical flair. If you own a Victorian style house, you understand the balance of ...

10 Backyard Landscaping Ideas

Your backyard might be in the back of your home, but that doesn’t mean it should be at the back of your mind. The yard behind your house should add to the overall appeal of your exterior, but it should also function as your own personal paradise. Whether you’re after a peaceful outdoor sanctuary meant ...

10 Minimalist House Exterior Design Ideas

In the exterior design realm, minimalism is on-trend and growing increasingly popular. This design philosophy, rooted in a “less is more” ethos, seeks to create spaces that are both visually striking and highly functional by stripping away excess ornamentation and focusing on essential elements. On a minimalist house, you will notice some key features that ...

10 Traditional House Exterior Design Transformations

Traditional exterior design is a style that has stood the test of time, evoking a sense of charm and simplicity. Defined by classic architectural elements such as symmetrical façades and gabled roofs, traditional homes exude a sense of timeless beauty. Still, while these homes might have been built to last, they are not immune to ...

Fire Pit Ideas to Transform Your Outdoor Living Space in 2024

Looking to add (literal) warmth and ambiance to your outdoor space? A fire pit can transform your backyard into a cozy retreat, perfect for gatherings with friends and family or peaceful evenings under the stars. Whether you prefer a sleek modern design or a rustic look with natural stones, there are endless fire pit ideas ...

Restaurant Design Inspiration: 10 Transformations We Love

As a restaurant owner, a myriad of factors play into the equation of what draws customers in, and it’s important to acknowledge all of them. Yes, the quality of the food is key. Reviews can build a restaurant’s reputation. And that just-right balance of culinary delight and ambiance matters, too. But at the root, the ...

Small Backyard Ideas to Transform Your Outdoor Living Space

You don’t need a sprawling space with an abundance of acreage to have a breathtaking backyard. If you want to amplify a smaller yard, there are plenty of ways to intentionally fill your space. After all, your outdoor areas are there for you to enjoy. From adding functional design elements to using different textures and ...

Permeable Pavers Benefits and Design Ideas

Permeable pavers are a porous type of paving material that allows water to pass through into the ground below. These pavers offer a sustainable and visually appealing solution for exterior design. Beyond their environmental benefits, these innovative pavers are ideal for creating stunning outdoor spaces. From driveways to walkways, pool areas to patios, here are ...