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 Gate Ideas for Driveways, Gardens, Walkways, and More

Gates can be an excellent source of security and privacy. Plus, they often act as a visual barrier between two spaces. Whether you’re looking to add a functional-yet-attractive design element to your driveway, walkway, or backyard, there are tons of gate ideas to take your space to the next level. Read on for some of ...

12 Blue Exterior House Colors We Love

Blue exterior house colors run the spectrum from the depths of nearly-black navy all the way to subdued, pale shades. Whether you’re after a daring and moody vibe or you’re going for a look that’s airy and refreshing, our designers can help you find your just-right blue tone. While we are happy to explore any ...

White Stucco House Update in California

Painting stucco is a simple way to completely transform an exterior. We’ve worked with plenty of clients who have requested a white stucco house during the design process. You might think of ‘white’ as a simple paint color, but between warm, off-whites and cool brighter tones, there are a slew of white paint colors to ...

10 Retaining Wall Ideas for Your Home

Retaining walls prevent soil erosion and provide flood control. But the functional aspects aren’t the only benefits. There are tons of retaining wall ideas that allow homeowners to bring more balance to their yards. Check out some of our favorite ways to use these walls in exterior design below. At brick&batten, our expert exterior designers ...

10 Modern Pergola Ideas for Outdoor Living

There are so many unique design elements to consider for outdoor living spaces. From breeze block walls to balconies to pools, there are tons of ways to make your yard beautiful and functional. One of our favorite features to use in our exterior designs is a modern pergola. Not only do pergolas help enhance the ...

16 Backyard Pool Ideas Visualized

Pools are multi-purpose: they’re fun, they provide a space to exercise, and they offer relaxation. It’s no wonder so many of our homeowner clients envision including a pool in the design of their backyard. And backyard pool ideas aren’t one-size-fits all. There are plenty of ways to put a unique spin on your own personal ...

The Best Greige Paint Colors for Exteriors

50 shades of gray is an understatement. The popular hue encompasses a broad spectrum and even spawned greige — one of our favorite neutral paint color families. These gray-meets-beige tones are more dynamic than a standard gray or tan. Complex undertones can make them read differently depending on factors like sunlight and color pairings. Because ...

10 Balcony Railing Design Ideas

A well-designed balcony can elevate curb appeal. Whether your balcony is big enough to turn into an outdoor living space or it’s just a small spot to step outside and enjoy the breeze, every detail matters — down to the balcony railing design. Depending on your personal style and that of your home, there are ...

Craftsman House Colors: Palettes That Work

A Craftsman house is a timeless design style that first emerged at the turn of the 20th century. The architectural style was inspired by the Arts & Crafts movement of the mid-19th century. These homes are typically small-to-medium and have a slew of prominent features including: Low-pitched roofs and overhanging eaves, often with exposed rafters ...