The brick&batten Blog

House Love

House love…the space you inhabit and lay your sleepy head at night should feel like a refuge and comfort you after a long day. Of course, as you pull up, it’s hard not to notice the weeds are overtaking the flower beds and the sidelights on the door are from 1989. Not to mention the ...

Timing is Everything for Exterior Home Updates

Everyone waits till Spring to update, renovate, and paint and I’m here to tell you…you are missing a serious home exterior updates opportunity. It’s like walking into the Apple Store at Christmas and expecting to get all your questions answered….you won’t. First, timing is everything when it comes to your house. And while we wouldn’t ...

Curb Appeal on a Budget

Are you looking to do a home exterior makeover on a budget? You’ve come to the right place! Did you know painting the exterior of your house can return 141% of your investment?  Dead serious….you will MAKE money painting the exterior of your house.  Oh yeah, and buying a new door pays for itself when ...

Revive Beauty With 2018 Exterior Paint Trends

Looking for the latest home exterior paint trends for 2018? Do you want to create a stylish house exterior that is sure to pop? We are always in search of colors that inspire, provoke feeling, and draw attention to your home’s architectural qualities and details. Years of experience and constant research has led us to ...

Exterior Home Trends for 2018

Trends in home design come and go…especially when it comes to color. About every ten years, we will see certain styles and design elements emerge and then fade away. These elements and color are what enable people to date a house when they are just driving around. In some ways, it’s like carbon dating for ...

Life Changing Front Porches

A good front porch can change your life…yep…I said it…a porch can change the trajectory of your life.  Period. My parents live on an island…remote by most people’s standards.  They take a boat to go almost everywhere and they have been retired as long as I can remember.  When they committed to island life full ...

Exterior Decor Tips: Poinsettia a Winter Bloomer

Looking for planter inspiration, I packed up the dogs and we hit the road. What I realized on my ride is that everyone wants a beautiful home  with perfect, exterior decor, but not everyone knows how to attain these simple changes that make a big impact. First, I noticed neighbors standing on their front lawn talking, ...

Exterior Lighting for Curb Appeal

Outdoor lighting can be magical when correctly chosen and installed. In our quest for curb appeal, we want to show your house in the best possible LIGHT! Here are a few of the key reasons we use lighting on a property: Security:  A well lit house is far less likely to be targeted. Increase Property ...

To Shutter or Not to Shutter…That is the Question

Recently, a friend of mine asked me about shutters on her 1950s ranch (great location with a lot of renovation going on).  The house has two large windows to the left of the front door and two separate single windows to the right of the door.  Clearly, the shutters were fake and she was looking ...