11 Oct A practical approach for selecting brick for your new home
A Practical Approach to Selecting Brick
-By David Ellis
Selecting brick for your new home is a process with plenty of options. Ask yourself this question, “am I detail oriented?” If your answer is no, then hire a design expert. If you are and want to create a unique personal style in your brick home, we can help. It is also a good idea to spend a good amount of time with your builder and the distributor.
At first sight, you might be unaware of the range of colors you can achieve within the brick itself. Brick is molded from earth materials: clay, soil, and water—with modern formulating and firing techniques, produce a product that’s almost as precisely colored as paint formulations in whites, reds, browns, and blacks that all have their own unique tones and shades.
For example, you might see a little blue in some white brick. And red brick is often complemented with black touches or more orange shades.
Also, each individual brick within a run is unique. Masons carefully lay the brick run to make the individual bricks work together to achieve the overall blended color.
Each individual brick contributes to the overall color of the façade.
Then there’s the mortar
Brick texture varies from sharp, clean edges and smooth faces to intentionally chipped and scraped brick for a weathered effect.
Add in all the other exterior parts that make your new home beautiful, from wood trim, stone accents, gables, and even the roof. Now you can see just how vast your palette can be.
Get out and look
So where do you begin? Get in your car.
Selecting brick is a personal and creative process:
Go look at brick homes and see what colors you prefer. Look online. Build a Pinterest board of your favorite examples. Be sure to visit our Pinterest page too; it’s chock full of brick examples and matching pavers.
If you’re really creative, sit down with some watercolor and dream up a home on paper. Gather paint swatch cards. If you’ve chosen a roof color (some designers suggest that’s the place to start) ask your builder for shingle samples.
The showroom will have samples, usually glued to boards that you can borrow.
If you’re working with a designer, ask if they have a computer system that will let you upload a photo of your house plan and digitally select different brick combinations.
Pine Hall Brick has a free Design Guide. Start your search by requesting our Design Guide brochure for ideas on how to get started. Click here for our Free Design Guide!
Take your time and get exactly what you want
Narrow your brick choices down from dozens to a handful.
Then, get back in your car.
You’ll want to drive by homes that use your favorite choices. Your manufacturer, dealer or builder can give you addresses. You probably can’t make your selection in the showroom or with photos. Why? First of all, there are all the variables mentioned above that work together to create the overall look.The gallery was not found!
Second, there’s sunlight. You’ll want to see your chosen brick in broad daylight, and maybe morning and twilight. What makes brick homes so beautiful is the way the product catches and reflects the light. You might find your choice is perfect, or you might find that your third choice is actually the best.
Yes, selecting brick is going to take some time, so start early in the process. But you’ll be glad you did and you can take tons of pride in the final results. And, with a little patience, you can achieve a look that you’ll love for generations.