Brick Color

snuffycuts99August 7, 2014

So we went today and looked at brick. We picked out five colors that we liked and drove past the houses. We were surprised that we really only liked one after seeing the houses. Luckily, we really like it. So tonight I've been looking at the company website and browsing houses built with that brick color. I like most of them but there is an occasional one that looks a bit orangey. We are going for a deep red look. So that has me worried. I realize that there will always be some variation, but was anyone else really worried that their brick color wouldn't be right? Anyways, the company is Palmetto and the brick color is Hampton. Here is a link to a pic that shows the color we really like:

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Yes, choosing brick was very hard for us. The sample boards are useless and mortar color can change the whole look. We also wanted a reddish brick but we wanted white mortar. So we choose a deep red with white specks in it and a subtle amount of dark gray in it to match our siding. It came out good but we were unsure all the way up until the bricklayers actually laid the brick. It was one of our hardest decisions.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2014 at 12:19AM
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I stress about my brick. I'm only doing a fireplace, and maybe the front walkway. But choosing from sample boards is almost impossible. I'm not even lucky enough to have photos of the brick on a full building. I love that picture, though.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2014 at 12:28AM
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JDez, do you mind sharing what specific brick you chose?

    Bookmark   August 8, 2014 at 10:09AM
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Columbus Annandale Queen

    Bookmark   August 8, 2014 at 10:43AM
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Beautiful brick...thank you! It ties in nicely with the white mortar.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2014 at 11:18AM
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dreamer and JDez, love both choices!

Mine is called brownstone. We drove around a newer neighborhood and found this house and both agreed that we liked it and the stone which we are also going to do. Picking our brick has been the least stressful choice thus far. I've driven by it a couple of times to take notice of the trim color and roof shingle color. I hope the owners don't think I am a stalker or anything!

    Bookmark   August 8, 2014 at 3:37PM
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very nice! There have been many times when I've wanted to just stop and ask a homeowner the specifics on their brick, lol.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2014 at 7:38PM
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I stressed a lot over our brick color. My husband did not. I wasn't sold until the main brick layer told me he really liked it and had used similar on his house. 3 years later, I still love it.

Good luck!!

    Bookmark   August 9, 2014 at 10:05PM
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Brick was really tough for us dreamer. It is really one of the most important exterior components inasmuch as you are stuck with the color unless you decide to paint it. I had a directive from my husband not to get anything that was brown-based as we live in a sea of new homes that are pretty much the same 3 shades of beige. So I picked a muted red Hanson brick, made in Texas. Really lost some sleep about that, as you know- it's hard to visualize unless you can see a large wall done in it. Then, the way you do your mortar can really affect the way it looks as well.

We needed to coordinate our brick with stone- so this is how it turned out.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 8:16AM
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Annie Deighnaugh

Here's dreamer's picture

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 11:57AM
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Thank you, Annie! We love that picture. Here's a picture of a house that we drove by with the same brick color. We really like it, as well. BUT, we drove by some others with the same brick that we didn't love. And it seems like everyone who uses this brick does really dark shutters to tie in with the dark brick tones. We didn't really plan on using shutters. In sum, I think we've decided to keep on searching for our brick color.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 12:06PM
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This is timely for me. I am really STRESSING over getting the right look for our home. I do not want red brick. I am looking for a brown or grey toned brick since I am doing a cottage-style home. I am partial to browns and tans. Initially, I wanted to do a light colored brick, but we are adding stone accents and my builder suggested a darker tone to go with some stone. So needless to say I am a bit unsure of how the brick we are looking at will look on a large expanse of our home. We have a brick from Triangle company that we were looking at called Cheseapeak Grey. At this point there is no homes nearby that have built with it so I have no idea how it will look. We are looking to do a stone accent arch over our front door that goes about two stories.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 5:25PM
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Annie Deighnaugh

zoe, often brick and stone don't work well together. I'm linking to another thread where I posted some examples of what I think works and what doesn't. You may find it useful.

Here is a link that might be useful: brick/stone

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 6:00PM
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Thanks, Annie! I am aware of that since I noticed it alot myself. That is why I am trying to stay with a plain color brick with not too much variation. Problem is when you do find a combination that you love, the brick is no longer available. Sigh!

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 8:01PM
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