White Brick and Stone House on Lake in Arkansas

While we tend to work with homeowners looking to envision updated curb appeal at brick&batten, we also partner with trade professionals to help bring their clients’ visions to life. We hear from realtors, interior designers, and, as in this case, builders hoping to give their clients stunning curb appeal. Last spring, Travis Julian, part of the Julian Builders team, reached out to us for an exterior design. His family-owned custom home and renovation company works in the Heber Springs, Arkansas, area and was actively working on updating the back of a clients’ home. This beautiful property overlooks a lake in a natural golf course community. Read on for how we helped Travis, and the homeowners, achieve a fresh, stunning white brick and stone house exterior design.

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Two story brick home before redesign

The before

This home is in a lovely setting — you can just see the lake to the right of the façade — but its exterior was a bit dull and dated. The overall feeling is beige and nondescript.

When Travis submitted his order, he shared that they were “open to anything.” We also took the following notes into account:

  • Would love to incorporate rock, maybe rough-sawn wood.
  • She definitely hates the round windows.
  • Mentioned wanting to introduce rock. Maybe cultured stone of some sort over areas of brick.
  • We have already taken all the vinyl siding off the back of the house and replaced it with white pine board and batten siding. They mentioned painting it but it could easily be stained also.

Elesha P. from the Julian Builders team explained why they reached out to us:

We had seen the program and liked the look of the houses that you guys had renovated. 

White brick and stone house design rendering

The design

Based on what Travis said about his client, our designers landed on the concept of a white brick and stone house with wood accents.

First, we suggested painting the brick with Benjamin Moore’s Olympic Mountains, one of our favorite off-white paint colors for exteriors. Next, we recommended Benjamin Moore’s Black Beauty on the trim, eaves, and soffit, for a strong but still warm contrast. Wood on the window headers and as a soffit accent on the dramatic new two-story entryway balances the black-and-white color scheme. So does the warm gray ledgestone veneer that wraps around the bottom of the home as well as the thick entryway support columns. Finally, we helped the homeowner see what it would look like to square off her windows. The effect is much more modern.

White brick and stone house garage-side view

The process

Elesha called the process of working with brick&batten “very seamless” and went on to share how they implemented the design:

…we were the contractors so we had the subs [subcontractors] in place. In total it was a 6 month process, but we were doing a full remodel, interior design and exterior.

White brick and stone house, completed front façade

The actual after

The high-contrast color scheme and mixed materials provide a welcomed update to this home. The result is eye-catching and brings the curb appeal into the 2020s.

One notable difference between our rendering and the home’s final look is the use of window trim headers on every window on the front of the home. We like the effect!

White brick and stone house rear view angle

We didn’t design the back of the home, but we love how the Julian Builders team carried the color scheme and building materials around to this space. In particular, we love how they used the stone veneer from the front of the home to wrap the chimney, fire pit, and built-in outdoor kitchen. What a fantastic outdoor living space!

White brick and stone house back deck detail

White brick and stone house, completed curb appeal at an angle

A white brick and stone house to envy

Whereas before this home wouldn’t even be noticed by passersby, now it’s the envy of the neighborhood. Elesha told us how her team felt about the renovation:

As a contractor, this house turned out beautifully. Now, it is updated and fits into the neighborhood. The neighbors were building at the time and they were happy to have a “new” updated house next door. We do large scale remodels and this house will be one we show to potential clients.

We started brick&batten because we believe everyone deserves curb appeal that they love. Our process is simple. All it takes is a photo (or blueprint!) of your property and answers to a few questions. You can send us inspirational photos and your results to our style quiz if you’d like, too. Then, our team goes to work rendering your exterior with a completely new design. We’ll deliver that ‘after’ image along with a clickable resource list to bring it to life. It’s the perfect way to kickstart your renovation project — and to begin the process with confidence. What are you waiting for? Get started today.