The brick&batten Blog

The Best Investment for Your Front Porch…a Swing.

Okay…this may seem like a far reaching over reaction…but one of the best  investments for your front porch is a swing. Stay with me.  I grew up with a porch swing and while we laughed, carried on, and swung too high…we also cried, talked, and got to the bottom of a multitude of dilemmas right ...

3 Great Links to Jumpstart Curb Appeal

We are constantly perusing the internet for ideas and inspiration that will help our clients maximize curb appeal.  Some things are totally worth time,  energy, and money toward. However, others won’t return on that investment.  Our company, brick&batten, is always mindful of what delivers!  Landscape, lighting, and front doors are three things that deliver every ...

4 Things You Should Know About Midcentury Modern Architecture

“The houses had open floor plans and giant sliding-glass doors, which encouraged people to go outside and be healthy. In a traditional home, the window height was 4-5 feet, and you can’t see out as a child. With these walls of glass, children became engaged and open-minded because the environment stimulated the senses in a ...

LIGHT UP Your Life

Your home’s exterior lighting will make or break curb appeal.  Lighting is not only used for security but also adds drama and interest.  Nobody wants to walk up a house that appears dark and unfriendly!  Who knows what lurks behind those overgrown bushes!   As summer nights become warmer, you spend more time outdoors and ...

Simple is Beautiful When it Comes to Home Design

Simple is beautiful.  It’s true.  Simple is so beautiful.  I go back to the “Law of Diminishing Returns” and how you reach a point and anything more you add detracts from the beauty.   The same is true for the exterior of your home.  Simple is beautiful.  Something happened in the 90s new construction where ...

SHUT the Front Door

Let’s talk doors.I know it sounds super boring, but stay with me…it’s kind of awesome and here’s why. Your front door is where your home opens its proverbial heart to the outside world. It’s the protective gate keeper and the warm welcome… all wrapped into one big, heavy rectangle. What a job! While doors are ...

2018 Tips for Choosing Paint Color For Max Curb Appeal

Everyone needs tips for choosing paint color for max curb appeal! The best exterior paint colors will highlight the most beautiful features of your home. That’s one reason to know a little bit about architecture. Skillful use of color can even disguise design flaws, boosting the curb appeal and market value of your home.  It ...

How to Win at Exterior Paint and Curb Appeal

Everyone should win at exterior paint and curb appeal but it’s not that easy. Do you want to question everything you know about exterior paint? March on down to the local Lowe’s and start picking out samples of paint for your exterior.  Better yet, grab an alternate color for the trim and door.  To really spice ...