Recently, we have had a couple of clients ask us about old brick. When you drive around the South Hill, you see a multitude of different types of old brick. How can I build a garage or an addition that looks like it was built when our brick house was originally built?
Our client wanted their kitchen remodeled but needed extra space to make the kitchen function properly for their family. They have a 1930’s clinker dagger brick house. It was just as important to the homeowner to have the house look cohesive, as it was to have a functioning kitchen.
To accomplish this, we designed the addition just large enough so the existing brick we were removing could be used to patch windows and cover the extension on the street side. This allowed us the change the brick at the corner where it was less noticeable. We consulted our brick mason on how he could best tie the new brick in with the old. He was able to find some old clinker dagger bricks from a pervious demo project but more bricks where still needed. The mason counted the number and type of each brick in a 9 sq. ft. area on the existing house. He then determined how many new bricks he would need and what they should look like. He took some of the new bricks and spattered them with paint to more closely match the existing brick. Then mixing old with new, he created a cohesive look. The main factor, which tied the whole wall together, was matching the old dirty grout. This required adding color to the traditional grout.
In conclusion, old brick homes can have cohesive additions or garages added if planned and design properly.