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Brickwork patterns

Create a decorative feature out of your home’s facade by building a pattern into the walls. Emily Smith investigates the options
Pamphilon Architects chose Hectic Red bricks by Weinerberger for what they’ve called the Lacy Brick pattern on this extension to an Edwardian terrace

Brick has been a staple for house building across the globe for thousands of years, but as with all fashions, it’s fallen in and out of favour over time. Today, bricks are high on the wish list for those looking to produce a trendy facade, partly as homeowners and architects are becoming more adventurous with turning the finish into a focal point.

A massive boon for cladding your home in brick is the versatility this material offers in terms of creating different looks, as the units can be bonded together in a variety of arrangements. Going for something different to the standard stretcher bond will bring design interest and individuality to your property’s exterior. You could wow visitors by using bricks to produce an eyecatching highlight with twisted, protruding units. Alternatively, flush patterns can be very effective to achieve a more subtle result – herringbone layouts always create an impressive finish, for instance.

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The April edition of Build It magazine brings you a wealth of information to help make a success of your self build, renovation, extension or conversion project – including: • A stunning oak frame lodge in a woodland setting (page 22) • How to build a healthy home (page 58) • Upgrading your home's insulation (page 68) • Dealing with planning rejections (page 111) • How to get realistic quotes (page 115) … and more!