Color and Pattern make it Beautiful
Color and pattern make it beautiful. Natural materials and plants make it sustainable. The tan bricks were leftovers from an addition to the Cook County Jail. Thus, there were a good value. The solids came from Endicott Brick in Omaha. Endicott makes beautiful bricks and this was our first time working with solids. Solids differ from pavers in that they are fired in kiln differently. Solids are fired so that the brick sides are clear whereas pavers are fired laying in stacks on their 2 1/4" sides.
The piers are way out of plum and in danger of falling over. The siding is peeling off and there is a serious moisture issue in the balloon frame cavity.
Note the new brick piers and the stained cedar siding.
A master suite on the second floor was the aim of the addition, which was never built. The final design would have been more refined.
Victorian Renovation with Color, Pattern and Natural Materials
Before we designed a brown house, we clad this 110 year old home in cedar and stained it in a creme color with sage frames and cranberry Marvin windows. The advantage of using stain is that it is thinner than house paint and, therefore, does not peel. Power wash it and restain right over the old. No scraping is necessary. Simple. We like that!