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Metal Roof vs. Shingles: Choosing a Roofing Material

Are you debating a metal roof vs. shingles, and you’re not sure which way to go? If you’ve never had a metal roof before, you might not know much about them. And you might have heard things that aren’t necessarily true. We’re here to help make sure you have all of the facts before choosing ...

Our Favorite Home Exterior Trends 2021: Looking Back

As we look toward the end of the year, we’re reflecting on the top home exterior trends 2021 brought to the forefront. This is something we’re asked about frequently, and, earlier this fall, our co-founder Allison even spoke on a Salt Lake City TV segment about current exterior design trends. So we decided to round ...

14 Bungalow Style House Exterior Designs

Brick&batten has had the privilege of designing many a bungalow style house, common in the midwestern and western United States. We’ve put together a list of our favorites, in different locations and with design ideas to inspire you. If you have a bungalow style home and are looking for new paint color ideas or modern ...

Our Review of Classic Gray by Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore Classic Gray is a lovely, versatile paint color that has ‘classic’ in its name for a reason. However, the ‘gray’ part is a bit of a misnomer. Yes, Classic Gray is a warm gray paint color, but it actually tends to read as more of an off-white… especially on home exteriors. Read on ...

13 Split-Level House Exterior Ideas

Split level houses have been around since the 1950s. The structure and layout of these homes is both aesthetically appealing and highly functional for many homeowners. In most cases, when you walk into a split level, you will see a set of stairs that leads to a lower level along with a separate set that ...

16 Modern Rustic House Exterior Makeovers

A modern rustic house is technically an oxymoron. The words ‘modern’ and ‘rustic’ are opposites. But the good thing about opposites is that they sometimes attract and create a long-lasting relationship. One that’s as unique as it is exciting. It’s no secret we have a love affair with modern rustic house exterior makeovers at brick&batten. ...

Using Cooler Months to Plan Your House Exterior Ideas

Depending on the climate where you live, you might be at the mercy of the seasons when it comes to updating your exterior. If you’re waiting for spring or summer to renovate, don’t wait until then to make a plan! The cooler months are a great time to focus on choosing paint colors and design ...

On-Trend Earth Tone Color Palettes for Home Exteriors

If you’ve been following us at brick&batten for any length of time, you know we are big fans of stark contrast, modern lines, and bold colors. So, don’t be confused by this post professing our love for an earth tone color palette. With their warm and cozy vibes, earth-tone home exteriors have earned a spot ...

Front Porch Columns: On-Trend Materials & Styles

What do you picture when you think of porch columns? Do you think of them as merely structural, or do you see them as a design element? At brick&batten, we believe porch columns can be both! There are so many different sizes, materials, colors, and placement options to consider when incorporating columns in the exterior ...