Bricks are one of the oldest building materials. And the fact that so many of the first brick structures are around today is a testament to their longevity and timeless style. Bricks are versatile, durable and affordable. There's a reason the age-old advice is to invest in bricks and mortar.
Architects tend to be creative when designing modern brick houses, using the modular, repeating pattern inherent to the bricks to their advantage. Brick houses might use an unusual brick pattern, a striking combination of bricks or a choice of bricks appropriate to the area or era. Reclaimed brick houses are also a creative way to instantly add a sense of history to a new home or extension.
And now with sustainability front of mind, brick can be used inside or in 'reverse' veneer to boost your home's thermal mass, keeping you warmer in winter and cooler in summer. And thanks to their durability they have a very long lifecycle which is great news for conserving resources in a sustainable build.
Take a look at some of the brick houses we've featured on Lunchbox Architect and appreciate their timeless charm, or that glimmer of modernity in what you thought were bog-standard bricks.