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

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 ...

10 Tropical Color Palette Ideas for Your Home Exterior

From tranquil blues to muted neutral hues, tropical color palettes encompass an assortment of shades on the color wheel. These impactful paint colors draw inspiration from coastal environments, infusing exteriors with the warmth and energy of a tropical paradise. Keep reading to learn more about tropical color palette ideas we recommend.  At brick&batten, our designers ...

How to Incorporate a Plunge Pool into Your Exterior Design

As the popularity of plunge pools continues to surge, more and more homeowners are adding these compact pools to their design desires. Still, from the placement to landscaping, there are a lot of little details to consider. If you’ve been yearning for this type of pool, our designers can help impactfully incorporate one into your ...

The 12 Best Exterior Trim Paint Colors for Your Home

Paint colors are a crucial element of exterior design. Those colors extend beyond the main shade on an exterior though. Exterior trim colors play a huge role in the overall appearance of your home. As such, it’s important to choose the right color to achieve the look you’re after. Bold, eclectic hues are on-trend for ...

10 French Country House Exterior Designs We Love

French country design style harmonizes rustic elegance with timeless charm. Distinctive elements include steeply pitched roofs and quaint accents that reflect a romantic countryside allure, like shutters and floral window boxes. Limewashed brick or natural stone exteriors add a weathered, textural quality common with the style. Symmetry and asymmetry coexist on a French country house, ...

10 Driveway Landscape Ideas for Maximum Curb Appeal

When it comes to curb appeal, your driveway is one of the first opportunities you have to make a statement. And landscaping is one of the most reliable ways to add to your driveway’s aesthetic. Our designers know all of the best driveway landscape ideas to elevate any home exterior. From the materials we use ...

Transform Your Home With Vertical Siding: Ideas and Design Examples

Transforming your exterior doesn’t have to be an all-encompassing task that leads to overhauling every aspect of your home. Sometimes, elevating your curb appeal starts with switching up the siding. Our designers know all of the best ways to tap into the potential of vertical siding. From creating illusions of added height to latching on ...