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Restaurant Exterior Design on Jersey Shore

When Brian and Trevor purchased a large blue building in Wildwood, a city along the Jersey Shore, they knew the exterior would have to change dramatically in order to reflect the aesthetic of their new restaurant, The Cove in Wildwood. An internet search for exterior designers brought up brick&batten, and once Brian saw a few ...

Exterior Design for New Residential Construction Home

Jody H. found us partway through the residential construction project she was working on: her new home in mid-Michigan. She had picked a few elements out but was mostly designing her exterior from scratch. Our designers helped her see what her home could be. Now that she’s made it most of the way through the ...

8 Apartment Aesthetic Updates We Recommend for Exteriors

Similar to how homeowners often update their house’s exterior before selling it to attract buyers, it’s important to consider your apartment aesthetic. Simple updates can help catch the eye of potential renters and keep current tenants happy. From changing the exterior paint color to modernizing the entryway, there are countless ways you can improve your ...

8 Carport Ideas Visualized

Looking for carport ideas that will work with your overall exterior design? Our cofounder Allison Vaccaro recently chatted with U.S. News and World Report‘s real estate team about what homeowners can do to spruce up their carports. The conversation inspired us to pull together a bunch of our carport visualizations for you all to enjoy. ...

The brick&batten Exterior Design Dictionary

When you start dipping your toe in the world of exterior design, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all of the new vocabulary you’ll start to come across. What’s the difference between cladding and siding, or muntin and mullion? What about a bay window, box window, and bow window? We’re here to help. To start, ...

Our Favorite Home Exterior Trends of 2022

This roundup of our favorite home exterior trends for 2022 includes both massive design elements and small changes you could tackle in a weekend. We looked back on the top trends of this past year, and, from there, our expert exterior designers considered the updates we plan to recommend more frequently moving forward. Below are ...

The brick&batten Team’s Favorite Exterior Designs of 2021

In honor of Thanksgiving, we’re sharing some of our team’s favorite exterior designs of 2021. We’re always grateful to our clients for trusting us to partner with them on making their exterior dreams a reality. The before & afters below represent some of the homes and business designs we’re most proud of so far this ...

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 ...

12 Curb Appeal Tips from the brick&batten Pros in 2021

Whether you’re aware of it or not, your home’s exterior speaks to your community. It expresses your personality to your neighbors and can make a good first impression on potential buyers. Whether you’re wanting to stay in your current home until retirement or you’re prepping it to sell, making improvements can be as simple or ...