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 Gutter Colors We Love

Gutters are essential to homes. During heavy rainfall, gutters channel the water flow from the roof. The water travels through the downspouts, ultimately ending up at an appropriate area for maximum drainage. While decidedly functional, gutters can also act as an attractive design element. Homeowners can choose from several gutter colors to enhance the overall ...

Our Review of Polo Blue by Benjamin Moore

When it comes to exterior paint colors, navy blue is one of our favorites. It’s on-trend and timeless, plus it’s bold, perfect for making a statement. If a deep navy is the manifestation of your exterior design dreams, Benjamin Moore’s Polo Blue should be on your radar. It’s a rich, moody hue that transcends style. ...

12 Multi-Level Deck Ideas

There are so many different ways to dream up a unique deck design, whether you only have a small spot to work with or you want to explore something more grandiose — like a multi-level deck. A multi-level deck provides all sorts of great options for flexible outdoor living. For example, you can create a ...

10 Black Front Door Ideas to Update Your Entry

Curb appeal might only call out the curb by name, but there are so many design elements it encompasses. Think of your exterior as a face. The front door is the eyes. It’s a simple piece, but a vital one to your home’s aesthetic. Black front doors are timeless — they work whether you go ...

Types of Exterior House Stone Cladding We Love

Between the wide variety of architectural stone veneers and natural stones, there are many types of exterior house stone that can be used to elevate any style of home. From subtle touches to stone cladding that functions as the star of the show, our designers know how to elevate a design using stone. Here are ...

Limestone Veneer: How Our Designers Use It

Limestone veneer is a natural stone, cut thinner to function as a lightweight decorative covering over other building materials. The material — and its effect — is timeless. If your design goals include affordable elegance, it might be the texture you’ve been searching for. Plus, there are plenty of ways to use it. From skirting ...

Our Review of Gossamer Veil by Sherwin Williams

Choosing a paint color for your home isn’t a black-and-white decision — unless, of course, a black-and-white palette is one of your design goals. If you’re searching for a neutral paint color with plenty of warmth, Gossamer Veil by Sherwin Williams should be on your radar. It’s a light, misty gray with warm and welcoming ...

12 Modern Backyard Ideas to Improve Your Outdoor Space

Outdoor spaces offer a place to rest and regroup, eat and entertain, and so much more. Whether you want a simple and functional layout or you’re after something more extensive, our designers have tons of modern backyard ideas to take your space to the next level. Check out some of our favorite designs below.  Dreaming ...

10 Patio Enclosure Ideas for Your Yard

With patio season fast approaching, you might be dreaming of overhauling your outdoor living space. If you’re on the hunt for patio enclosure ideas, we’ve got you covered. From breeze block walls to fences, we have plenty of designs to get you inspired. Here are some of our favorites. Dreaming of an enclosed patio, a ...