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

10 Gorgeous Houses With Courtyards

Courtyards give homeowners their very own outdoor oasis, while intentionally filling space in a yard. Because they’re framed by walls — either partially or fully enclosed — but have no roof, courtyards often feel like an outdoor room and offer a comfortable place to gather. Courtyards are highly versatile too. You can decorate them simply ...

Our Review of Creamy by Sherwin Williams

White is one of those exterior paint colors that is tried and true, and when it comes to off-white, Creamy by Sherwin Williams is one of our favorites. The hue’s soft, warm tones make it an inviting and alluring choice for exteriors. Below, we take a deep dive into Creamy’s details, including LRV, color pairings, ...

10 Wall Cladding Combination Ideas for Your Home’s Exterior

From vinyl siding to cultured stone, there are so many exterior wall cladding options to choose from. And the choice is not always one-note. You might want to switch up your cladding to highlight a certain section of your home. Or maybe you gravitate toward designs with a multi-dimensional approach. At brick&batten, our designers know ...

10 Mediterranean Style Homes with Exterior Updates

Mediterranean style homes are characterized by gorgeous coastal details, including tiled roofs and arched doorways. While this design style is often viewed as ornate and untouchable, there are plenty of ways to update old world Mediterranean exteriors without compromising the integrity of the home. From refreshing paint colors to reimagining hardscapes, here are some of ...

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 ...

Brick Walkway Inspiration to Elevate Your Front Yard

When it comes to curb appeal, the walkway to your home is a significant design element that should not be overlooked. Whether you want to achieve a classic aesthetic or you’re hoping to add some character to your front yard, a brick walkway is an excellent way to enhance your home’s curb appeal. From dynamic ...

The Garage Pergola: A Trend We Love

When it comes to exterior design, there are plenty of elements that are both functional and beautiful. The garage pergola is one of these elements. Not only can it protect your garage door from harsh sunlight, but it can also make your exterior more visually interesting. Garage pergolas are versatile, and our designers know all ...

Exterior Double Doors: Before & After Entryway Transformations

Transforming your home’s entryway can have a dramatic impact on its curb appeal. We often recommend clients incorporate exterior double doors into their updated entry because of their ability to enhance the look and functionality of the space. Read on to see some entryway transformations we’ve made featuring exterior double doors, complete with before and after ...

Bump Out Exterior Design Inspiration

Bump outs are small additions, or extensions, to a home that offer great bang for your design buck. They can transform both the aesthetics and functionality of your home by adding dimension and contrast to the exterior and more space to the interior. While our designers often highlight bump outs with contrasting textures and paint ...