If you’re looking for white-painted brick house inspiration, there’s no better place to start than with someone who’s already made the leap. Pam in Austin, Texas, got her brick&batten design in July 2021 and recently reached out to us with photos of her updated exterior. Read on for her story!
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Pam found brick&batten online, saying our service “looked like a great way to get exterior design advice for the limited scale I needed.”
She was hoping to find a solution to the dated look of her peachy-tan brick. And she also wanted to swap out the gray, faux-wood siding on her front gable.
Pam had already done some work on her exterior. She’d added the portico overhang and had replaced her roof and windows. She wanted these things to remain unchanged. This is what our designers think of as the ‘fixed elements’ when working on an exterior design — the things that will not change and that we’ll be working with to make a cohesive finished product.
Our designers suggested Pam paint her brick using Romabio masonry paint tinted in Benjamin Moore’s Olympic Mountains, a warm off-white paint color. The trim and the paneling beneath her windows is rendered in Benjamin Moore’s Cape May Cobblestone. Finally, we recommended black accents that coordinated with her black windows: garage doors, lighting, house numbers, and furniture.
For beneath the gable, we rendered a wood-look paneling with a horizontal application.
Pam also requested visualizations of two different front door options, double doors rendered in both natural wood and painted in Galápagos Turquoise, also by Benjamin Moore.
We like how Pam approached her renovation project. She hired contractors to install board and batten Hardieboard on her front gable (a switch-out from our recommendation, but one we dig). She also used pros to tackle the paint, a new light fixture in front of the garage, and a small gravel patio.
I purchased the recommended house numbers and installed those myself after the painting was done. And I bought the recommended indoor/outdoor rug for the front porch. Those little details brought fresh style to the entry.
She opted out of a few things, too including…
…new garage doors, front door with sidelights, and additional lighting, all of which I liked but couldn’t justify the expense for, since ours were in good shape. With the deliverable info in hand, I found it easy to pick and choose which elements to pursue, and I know I can always do the other things later if desired.
Pam started getting bids for her updated exterior right away, in summer 2021. Austin is a busy remodeling market, so she had to wait a few months to get started. However, from receiving her design to completion of her exterior, it only took about 6 months.
The Actual After
Pam’s home is beautiful and welcoming in its urban setting among the live oak trees.
I love the updated curb appeal of the house! …The new color scheme really lightens and brightens the façade and gives our 1971 ranch house a more contemporary look. The neighbors have been very complimentary, and a few friends have said it looks like an entirely different house!
A fresh white-painted brick house to enjoy
Pam’s experience is a fantastic example of cosmetic updates — as opposed to massive structural changes — that made a huge impact on her home’s curb appeal. As she put it:
We’re not planning to sell any time soon, but I think the new colors will make our house more appealing when we do. And until then, we get to enjoy the fresh new look every time we go outside!
Whether you’re considering painting your brick home or are trying to envision what your elevation will look like when the build is complete, brick&batten is the partner you’re looking for. Get started today.
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