As you build your new incredible home, enjoy every moment of customizing both the exterior and interior with all of your favorite building materials, paint colors, flooring choices, and more. Of course, this doesn’t mean personalizing it so much that your new home is too eclectic to fit the neighborhood or would not sell quickly if you ever needed to list it on the market. By choosing brick, you are making a sound decision on both accounts!
Not only do properties built with brick retain value better and sell for more on average nationally, but there are such wide-ranging color options that you will be able to create a unique, personalized feel that still delivers the trademark familiarity and organic beauty that brick has to offer. Here are some valuable considerations for you to think through when selecting brick for your new home build:
What Exterior Are You Going For? If you love a classic looking home, traditional red brick will never let you down. Even if you opt for only one color of red brick for the entire exterior, different shades of mortar can help you achieve your favorite feel. Lighter-colored mortar will pair well with a washed-out brick, and darker mortar will help dim the brightness of an overall look. Since mortar ultimately provides about 20% of the color of your home’s siding, make sure that the mortar color provides subtle contrast but still helps unify the overall brick exterior.
If you are eyeing a striking mix of brick and stone for your exterior, this classic pairing always works well by choosing brick that doesn’t perfectly match, but rather plays off the undertones of the stone being used. Keep stone and brick combinations simple to avoid creating a look that’s too busy. White, off-white, and grey brick are thriving and are all perfect for achieving modern, contemporary, and even farmhouse chic design. You can also create a color palette of brick with shade variation of the same color or brick colors that play off of speckled undertones for an engaging, yet subdued multi-colored exterior that’s anything but boring!
What Color Is Your Roof? When selecting brick for a new build, the roof of the home will also play a factor in determining color. For instance, neutral color brick makes for a great combination with a brown or weathered roof. A grey roof will allow you to explore more brick color options such as popular multi-colored styles, orange shades, and even pastels like pink. If the home will have a black roof for a bold, strong appearance, a light brick with dark accents like Hamilton (below) or even an all-white brick will make the property shine. The color of your brick will impact the entire exterior home design from the ground up!
How Much Sunlight Do You Receive? This doesn’t always play a larger determining factor for selecting brick, but the amount of natural light that falls on the lot may influence your decision making. For instance, shadier lots with trees are perfect for a bold, bright brick color, as darker brick can end up looking gloomy in that setting. An area that receives plenty of direct sunlight may not pair well with brighter or washed-out brick since the combined effect can be slightly blinding. A multi-colored look can help solve either issue while still offering one of your favorite shades.
How Do You Envision The Full Exterior Layout? Your exterior doesn’t stop with the actual house structure itself. Brick is perfect for stairs, entrance ways, arches, columns, bases of wooden columns, outdoor patios, pathways, and even driveways! When selecting brick for any or all of these elements, remember to consider the coordination of colors, variations, and patterns within the entire property layout. Make sure the brick options you chose for the house have coordinating pavers and easy-to-match options that can help you build out the other design elements you want to include on the property. For example, this stunning herringbone driveway made with Brookstone Red pavers (below) helps create an unforgettable first impression.
Check out our North Georgia Brick Pinterest page for even more incredible inspiration or stop by our Cartersville or Cumming showrooms to discuss your project with our brick experts. We are always happy to help you find the perfect brick for your new home or renovation project!