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Visualizing Our Exterior Renovation With An Online Design Service



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There have been so many questions about the virtual renderings I’ve been sharing during our exterior renovation. I’m a strong believer that “visualizing” something can go a long way in making big decisions. The renderings I received helped me in feeling confident about making the big decision to paint our brick. If you’re not familiar with Brick & Batten, they are an online design service that specialized in exterior renovations.

The entire process was very straightforward. I snapped a few photos of my house, filled out a questionnaire, and bam… a new house was delivered to my inbox in about a week!

Let’s take a look at some of the photos I sent in. This is the main photo of the front of our home. The instructions asked for minimal clutter or obstructions so they could accurately mock up a new design.

This was the new design! Can you even? Within the questionnaire, I was asked what elements were staying the same and what things I was willing to change… lighting, windows, paint, etc. I gave some guidance in terms of design. I knew I wanted a creamy white exterior and contrasting trim. I had also already decided on bronze gutters. Windows aren’t in our immediate future but I do plan on updating them so I wanted to see what a more modern grid pattern could look like on a new design. I was blown away!

You are allowed to make a few changes so I asked for a new door mocked up and different colored windows. I was convinced that black was the right choice for windows but after seeing everything, I wanted to see what a softer grey could look like. The new front door was something I drew up and sent over to them. It was so cool to see it on my house instantly!


Sharing some other angles below. I originally sent in an arched door for inspiration so it was fun to see that come to life.

Exterior House

The first rendering had very modern doors. While I do think they are very pretty, I knew they weren’t right for our house after seeing them in the photo. I found some inspiration doors and they quickly changed this side view to reflect the new garage doors.


This was an angle I was really excited to see. There are quite a few things “in progress” back here so it was fun to see what this area could look like by next spring!

Back view of brick house

This was the first rendering I received back. Crazy right?

I sent in a few changes right away on things I’d like to see different. This new modification came back pretty quickly and blew me away! I don’t think I would have thought to line our future patio with landscaping like this but I really love it!

Outside of images, I was thrilled to get a full “shopping list” sent over with each rendering. This service really allows you to create the image you are given. All of the images below were clickable and took me straight to the sites to purchase any accessories or research things more.

Overall, I can’t speak highly enough about using the services from Brick & Batten. Painting our house was a very very big decision that I was able to go into with confidence! If you have any other questions about the services, they have a full FAQ on their website!

I don’t have a final reveal for you yet, but the painters are all done and I could not be more excited to see this all come together.

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  1. Sarah says:

    It looks so beautiful! Because of your experience with Brick and Batten, my husband and I are using their services up in Canada for a house we are building! I am hesitant to take risks on siding colours and want to see what it looks like before. Just curious, it looks as though you have two different window colours on the back of your house. Are you moving forward with this mock up? It looks great and adds a lot of dimension and kind of separates the areas of the house.

  2. Jane Warnock says:

    This paint totally elevated the overall look of your house. It is stunning!

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