How to Choose Your Brick When Building a House

Planning a house build can be stressful but it’s also extremely exciting. After all, how often do you get the chance to create your home in exactly the perfect way for you? In today’s blog post, we’re going to be focusing on an element of the self-build process that is often overlooked and rarely talked about outside the industry. However, we think it’s important to discuss this topic, so you feel as informed as possible. Yep, that’s right, we’re talking about the brick choice.

More specifically, we’re going to give you all our top tips for choosing the correct brick in the planning stages of your build. After all, you’ll be living with this decision for many years to come. So, it’s more important than anything else to get this selection right. You can change up a kitchen or replace your curtains… but you can’t replace your brick. What’s more, you might end up selling this house on at some point so bear this in mind when choosing anything ‘out-there’.

Our top tips for choosing a brick

Start your planning early

It’s always better to prepare early on when you’re building a house. But this is especially true for choosing a brick. This is simply because your build cannot begin without a brick in place! Decisions like the colour of your kitchen or the flooring you’ll have can come much later. It is also worth considering the local area where you’re building. Are you required to use a particular type of stone? Some places, like Bath, are strict on requirements.

Get inspiration

You can find inspiration absolutely anywhere. From driving around to looking on Pinterest, you’re sure to find a few examples of brick that you love. Make a moodboard, either digitally or physically, to get an idea of the kind of styles you like. It’ll be much easier to pick when you’ve already seen lots of choices in the flesh.

Consider all angles

Use your architectural drawings as your reference when thinking about how your brick is going to look. Make sure you consider all the angles of your new home – how do you want each wall to look? Using your drawings as a starting point will ensure you don’t get carried away and forget about the real project at hand.

Decide on a colour

There are so many colours to choose from when deciding on a brick. From red to grey, brown to white, yellow tones to a mixture of everything, the world really is your oyster. You might already have a natural preference, which is fine. But make sure you base your final decision on research and evidence – from photographs you’ve seen to your new home’s surrounding area.

What kind of look are you going for?

Here, you must ask some important questions. This is all about getting the style right. Do you want a distressed look or a polished look? Old-world style or contemporary crisp look? There are many things to think about here. You should also consider mortar style – dark, light, thick, thin, the choices are endless! Ultimately, you need to ensure that your vision ties together nicely and will give your home the look you desire.

The finishing touches and accents

Carefully select finishing touches like stone and exterior trim. Of course, you must make sure your choices highlight and accents the brick you have chosen. Do you want the stone to stand out or blend in with the brick? Remember, you have to live with this decision for (hopefully) a long time! Don’t just choose something based on how pretty the sample looks, try to see the brick in situ, along with any accents you like. And of course, don’t forget about your window frames! They must match your brick as they can be difficult and costly to change in the future.

Have multiple options!

You should definitely consider another option or two, as a back-up. You’ll have to have your brick approved as part of your planning permission. If your first choice doesn’t pass, you might end up disappointed

Prices can vary

It’s important to understand that brick prices can vary a lot depending on the style and manufacturer. If you are on a budget, you may wish to shop around for the best value – but don’t skimp on quality or style as you may come to regret the decision further down the line. You should fully understand the costs of your choices and the implications they may have.

If you feel like you need some more information on this topic, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us! We offer free, impartial advice on any part of the self-build process and would be happy to assist you.