At its most simplistic, a home is bricks and mortar, so making sure that the right products are selected for a certain project is very important. Within the UK, brick is the most popular facade option within the housing market, with durability, security and solidarity, longevity, versatility, and cost-effectiveness all being key contributors to the product’s sustained prominence within the market.
There are many variables but most people are surprised that typically the cost of bricks on a new detached property cost around £5000. That is less than 3% of the overall build cost and much less than most people spend on the average kitchen yet have such an important impact on “curb appeal”.
From the way the building looks, to the feel the build exudes, to how it fits in with its surroundings, the use of the right facade can have a major impact on the end aesthetic of a construction. Add to this the fact that it’s also the most difficult to change later - you can easily change your kitchen or bathroom but it isn’t quite so simple to change the fabric of the building – and the importance of selecting the right brick for your project becomes crucial, especially when there are over 1,000 different types available within the UK alone. With such a selection, choosing the right bricks for your project can be a daunting thought, but before jumping in, it’s important to consider the many factors involved with selecting the right product.
One key consideration is to ensure you’re fully aware of the style that you want your project to encompass. Do you want to create something with a contemporary feel or do you have a more traditional and ‘olde worlde’ feel in mind? We see the old rulebooks being thrown out with beautiful soft mud bricks being used in open plan contemporary settings where we used to have it in the “traditional” category. With so much choice, make sure to visit a showroom and play with colours and textures as there are vast ranges of options available, whatever style you’re aiming to achieve. One aspect that will obviously play a part in this is the local area as planning permissions will have an impact on the features and aesthetic that would be suitable for different areas of the country.