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What is inside a house turns it into a home. Many people take great care when choosing how it looks from the outside too. Bringing both together is a fine art and one of the best reasons to go with a New Build, or a finely designed resale.

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When ordering the construction of a New Home, the builder will generally offer a limited number of brick choices. The reason is typically to follow the aesthetic guidelines set by the developer. We often see a limited choice of bricks selections within a single community. However, in recent times and market conditions, popular brick selections have become scarce. Sometimes limiting customer selection to only one or two choices . Causing builders to go outside their norms and offer other options

Other times, certain bricks become very popular and based on spacing standards, the builder cannot replicate the choice within 2 to 3 houses sideways or across the street. We are now seeing a new trend where the builders are offering painted brick on the homes exterior in response to high demand for white homes.

When it comes to brick options for new home construction, there are several aspects to consider, including the type of brick, color, size, texture, and mortar style. Here's a breakdown of these options:

1.   Type of Brick: There are various types of bricks available, such as clay brick, concrete brick, and stone brick. Clay brick is a popular choice due to its durability, aesthetics, and natural color variations. Concrete brick offers versatility and is available in a wide range of colors and textures. Stone brick provides a rustic and elegant look, but it is generally more expensive.

2.   Color: Bricks come in a vast array of colors, ranging from earthy tones like red, brown, and tan to more contemporary shades like gray and white. The color selection can greatly impact the overall appearance and style of your home.

3.   Size: Bricks are available in different sizes, including standard modular size (7-5/8" x 3-5/8" x 2-1/4"), queen size, king size, and engineer size. The choice of brick size can affect the scale and proportions of the building, as well as the ease of construction.

4.   Texture: Bricks can have different textures, such as smooth, rough, tumbled, or distressed. Texture can add character and visual interest to the exterior of your home. Smooth bricks offer a clean and modern look, while rough or distressed bricks provide a more rustic or aged appearance.

5.   Mortar Style: The mortar used between the bricks can contribute to the overall aesthetic. Common mortar styles include recessed, flush, or struck joints. The color of the mortar can also be customized to complement or contrast with the brick color.

It's important to consult with your builder or architect to understand the options available for your specific new home construction project. They can provide guidance and help you choose the brick options that best suit your desired style, budget, and local building regulations. Additionally, consider the climate in your area and select bricks that are suitable for your region's weather conditions.


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