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

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 ...

3-Car Garage: Exterior Design Recommendations

While a 3 car garage is aimed at providing maximized storage solutions, this common residential exterior element can also elevate curb appeal with the right design choices. From door colors and designs to positioning and accents, check out some of our go-to 3 car garage ideas below. Our exterior design services are comprehensive. Our designers ...

Our Favorite Blue Front Door Colors & Designs

Your front door is the gateway to your home. Why not have some fun with the color of your entrance? Encompassing everything from serene aquas to deep, dramatic navy shades, blue is one of those exterior paint colors that has a lot to give. Be it modern and edgy or coastal and cozy, our designers ...

The Best Ways to Use a Cupola on a Roof

Cupolas are an enchanting design element that can bring light, ventilation, and visual interest to your roof. From creating compelling architecture to implementing practical functionality, our designers know all the best ways to use a cupola on a roof. Read on for some of our favorite examples. What is a cupola? A cupola is a ...

7 Lanai Porch & Patio Designs We Love

Do you love fresh air, but aren’t necessarily fond of all that comes with it? Harsh weather, blistering sunlight, obnoxious bugs, and so on? There are ways to continue enjoying nature without sacrificing comfort, and a lanai porch or patio is one of our favorite approaches to use in bringing that luxury to our clients.  ...

16 Ranch Homes with Gorgeous Exteriors

From sprawling one-story layouts to the timeless charm of open floor plans, ranch homes offer versatility, functionality, and aesthetic appeal, making them a beloved style for many homeowners. Read on for some of our favorite examples of ranch home exteriors that we’ve designed. Whether it’s choosing the perfect design style or refining the smallest details ...

Ipe Siding: Why We Love It and How We Use It

Ipe siding is one of the most popular on-trend wood cladding options, and our designers love it. Because Ipe is a natural material, it is durable and long-lasting. As an added bonus, the type of wood used to make Ipe is a sustainable choice. Sourced from Brazilian rainforests, Ipe is known as one of the ...

10 Sunroom Ideas: Windows, Decor, and More

Sunrooms — also known as solariums — are rooms that use windows and glass doors to allow abundant sunlight in. They are ideal for taking in views of outdoor landscapes while being sheltered from the elements. Though screened-in porches offer something similar, screens allow the air to flow through and the windows of a sunroom ...

10 Covered Outdoor Kitchen Ideas

Whether you’re looking to keep the heat down in your indoor kitchen or you simply want to spend more time outside, outdoor kitchens are the way to go. Deck out your outdoor cooking space with a grill (we often recommend BBQ Guys), counters, a refrigerator — and more! Our designers have plenty of covered outdoor ...