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Home Improvements that Add Value in 2019

Making a few small changes (especially outdoors) can do much more than just help with curb appeal, in fact, when done correctly, an exterior renovation project can deliver a gorgeous home that is worth more money.  These are the home improvements that are adding the most value in 2019.  For example, replacing a front door gives you ...

You Asked. We Answered: Trending brick&batten Questions.

Everyday we are asked questions about how to maximize curb appeal to help annoying house issues.  What you thought you liked 10 years ago or driving around a new neighborhood is suddenly becoming overused or dated.  You asked.  We answered.  #1.  Clients are asking, “What will my home look like if I make my porch ...

July Round-Up…All Things Black and White

July has been busy for brick&batten.  We have done designs from Connecticut to California!  Subsequently, we’ve researched paint trends, hot accessories for your porch decor, found a new love for dark exterior paint, tried to hide those unsightly front loaders, and discovered reasons why now is a great time to paint your home’s exterior. If ...

June Round Up…All Things House Exterior

June is absolutely my favorite month of the year.  The kids aren’t quite tired of summer break yet, the school supplies aren’t stressing me out at Target, and I know I have at least a month of sunshine and nice weather ahead of me.  Not to mention, the hours we spend on our porch in ...

Top 6 Facade Fails with an Easy Fix

Have you fallen victim to these simple facade fails? Maybe it’s too much HGTV fever or wine with the neighbor on the porch swing we keep writing about… Whatever the reason, you’re smarter than that! Take a step back. Evaluate. And let’s get to work on breathing life back into your home with simple changes. ...

Memorial Day Flag Etiquette

  Flag Etiquette… where did it go?  Memorial Day means more than white jeans, pool’s open, and race day. Memorial Day, we celebrate those who fight for our freedom! That being said, to show our respect, many homes hang the American flag, Old Glory, in the yard.  We receive questions all the time about flag ...

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 ...

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 ...