Cindy C. and her husband had been wanting to update their North Carolina home’s exterior for years but struggled to picture what they wanted and take the steps necessary to bring a new look to life.
I [was] so nervous to make changes because I cannot visualize things. I cannot visualize colors. So my husband would say, ‘Oh, I think [this] would really look good’ because he’s in construction, but I couldn’t visualize it, so I wouldn’t do it.
Fortunately, Cindy discovered brick&batten on Instagram and enlisted our help.
When I saw [your] service and that it would take our actual house and show me what it would look like, that was a game changer. I could know before we started spending a lot of money.
Keep reading to learn about the changes we suggested — like new farmhouse porch columns and paint colors — and see how Cindy and her husband implemented our recommendations.
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Cindy and her husband built their home themselves in 1995, and while they’re proud of their work, they also felt it was time for an update.
We had the designs drawn, and we loved our home, and we still do, but we knew it was dated.
Cindy noted that she didn’t want to change the home’s brick or the roof but was interested in updating other aspects, including the front door, shutters, farmhouse porch columns, downspouts, and lighting.
When she placed her order, Cindy emphasized that her home is located in the country, and she and her family live a pretty simple lifestyle. She wanted a design that reflected their country living.
Per Cindy’s request, we kept her home’s brick natural, but we incorporated fresh paint colors elsewhere. The farmhouse porch columns, soffit, eaves, and trim are all rendered in Sherwin Williams’ Dorian Gray. Next, we recommended wood shutters and a double door, also made from wood.
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Cindy’s husband is a brick mason by trade, so he was able to complete a lot of the work himself. He made the farmhouse porch columns and the shutters with wood from their property.
When it came to other aspects of the home update, Cindy said they relied on their brick&batten design to show contractors what they wanted done.
We took that picture when we went to order our new front door and said, ‘Show us a door that looks like this.’ My husband bought the paint to do the shutters, and he took the picture with him. We did new downspouts and showed the picture to the man that did our downspouts. That was great because there wasn’t any, ‘Let me tell you what I think it needs to look like.’ It was, ‘This is what I want it to look like.’
Overall, Cindy said the renovation process took about two months.
The actual after
Cindy implemented a lot of our design recommendations, including the new farmhouse porch columns and matching shutters and front door. Her landscaping is inspired by our design, though the walkway is different.
In addition to increased curb appeal, her home now has a much more inviting and functional front porch.
I love it. The front door is the best thing. Before we did this, we didn’t use our front porch. I hated it. I never sat out there. I wouldn’t have taken guests out there. Now we use it a lot more.
A successful brick exterior update
Cindy and her husband are so thrilled with how the front of their home turned out that they recently partnered with brick&batten to help them visualize how to update the side of their home.
It’s really helped us enjoy our home more and want to do some other things. We’re wanting to do something on the side now!
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