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Chimney Caps: Why They Matter

Some home elements are mainly decorative, but others, like chimney caps, are functional too. If you’re wondering if you need a chimney cap (or find yourself asking what a chimney cap is), you’ve come to the right place. We tapped Madelyn Oliver, executive administrative officer at Master Caps, to break down everything you need to ...

10 Balcony Railing Design Ideas

A well-designed balcony can elevate curb appeal. Whether your balcony is big enough to turn into an outdoor living space or it’s just a small spot to step outside and enjoy the breeze, every detail matters — down to the balcony railing design. Depending on your personal style and that of your home, there are ...

16 Ways to Use Stone Siding in Exterior Design

Stone siding is a great way to update your house’s exterior or add texture to a structure, and we use it in many of our exterior home designs. From covering the entire façade with stone to adding small accents throughout, there are countless ways to incorporate stone siding into your home design. We’ve rounded up 16 ...

White Trim & Exterior Color Palettes That Work

Dark trim is wildly popular, especially if a modern look is the goal. But what about white trim? Lighter trim can provide gorgeous contrast and make architectural details pop. We know how to give white its moment on the right exterior, whether the field color is dark or light. Take a look at some of ...

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 ...

10 Metal Roof Colors We Love

Metal roofs aren’t just an attractive design element — there are a slew of benefits to opting for steel over shingles. Metal roofs can last up to 50 years, they can increase the value of your home, and they’re extremely durable. If you go with a steel roof for your home, you will be more ...

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. ...

12 Front Porch Addition Ideas with Before and After Photos

Porches not only serve as entryway amplifiers, they can also provide the optimal spot to relax outside. There are plenty of different approaches to these spaces, whether you want a wide open place to unwind or a screened-in porch is more your speed. Check out some of our favorite front porch addition ideas below. If ...

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, ...