The brick&batten Blog

10 Walkway Ideas: Stone Paths, Pavers, & More

Walkways are a key component in the introduction to your home. They lead to the entryway and are part of your visitors’ first encounter with your home’s style. We believe these pathways can be so much more than a segue to the entrance; walkways are an opportunity to make a lasting impression. With the right ...

8 Driveway Design Ideas with Photos

Think about your home’s driveway. Is it just a space to park your car? Is it a place for ants to congregate within the cracks? Do your children use your driveway to play basketball or create masterpieces with sidewalk chalk? At brick&batten, our designers believe driveways are so much more than that. They are an ...

13 Lovely Fall Ideas for Flower Boxes

Here’s a confession: We adore flower boxes, so we get excited when our exterior design clients request them or are open to adding them into a design plan. There’s something magical about window flower boxes. Depending on how you style them, they can give off major fairy tale cottage vibes, a sophisticated French feel, or ...

Black Shutters: When & Why They Work

Black shutters have been around for centuries. In the mid-1800s, dark paint colors on shutters were common for both Gothic Revival and Italianate-style homes. Dark shutters matched the color of the sash creating a cohesive look for open windows. By the 20th century, many homes displayed black shutters against brick facades to provide contrast. Today, ...

The Benefits of Exterior Design for Businesses

We’ve helped thousands of homeowners with their curb appeal since launching brick&batten. However, we’re seeing more and more demand for a side of our work that we don’t talk about as often: exterior design for businesses. Our expert designers have been putting together renderings and resource lists for small business owners since the early days. ...

15 Best Black and Dark Gray Paint Colors for Exteriors in 2021

We are seeing more and more clients choose black and dark gray paint colors for their home’s exterior in 2021, and we are excited about it. New technology in paint and siding allow for darker colors without fading, and more people are opting for bold, moody color palettes. We put together a list of our ...

10 Spanish-Style Homes with Exterior Ideas

Spanish-style homes have distinct design and character. With any specific architectural style, it can be challenging to update the exterior while staying true to the original intent. This is why we put together a list of exterior design ideas for your Spanish-style house that will freshen things up without sacrificing the style’s true nature. If ...

12 Best Exterior Window Shutter Colors

Deciding on new window shutter colors is one of those choices that can seem simple in the moment. However, shutters have the power to greatly impact your home’s entire exterior design. For one thing, certain colors lend themselves to different design styles. With so many elements to consider when finding the right fit, the choice ...

How Much Does a Home Exterior Makeover Cost?

Planning to give your home a much-needed curb appeal revamp is all fun and games when you’re in the dreaming phase. Scouring Pinterest, Instagram, and home magazines can leave you feeling excited and inspired. But when the time comes to actually calculate the cost, you might not know where to start. The average home exterior ...