Modern Home Builder - Winter 2018 - 12
Award-winning homes showcase brick color and texture trends.
By Lorelei K. Harloe
Texture is just as important as color. Light colors such
as tans, grays and beiges along with weatherworn textures
appear to be an emerging trend in fired-clay bricks used in
homebuilding. The Brick Industry Association (BIA), a national authority on clay brick construction, hosted its 2017
Brick in Architecture Awards that demonstrated a fired-clay
brick's aesthetic flexibility and other ongoing trends.
"Fired-clay brick offers virtually unlimited options in colors, blends, textures, design elements and can recreate period
architecture and just about any style of architecture anyone
wants," BIA President and CEO Ray Leonhard says.
The homes entered into the competition displayed a variety
of different brick designs. A 150-acre waterfront property in
Oxford, Md., was named Best in Class. The Kinsley home was
inspired by early 18th-century architecture of Williamsburg.
Its architect, John Milner Architects Inc., stated that the owner
wanted the masonry to look as authentic as possible.
To make it happen, brick manufacturer Redland Brick Inc.
made trips to Williamsburg to study the color, pattern and texture of 18th-century brickwork.The result was a custom-made
exterior brick set in a Flemish bond pattern with glazed headers and contrasting rubbed brick around the windows, doors,
quoins and water table.
The glazed headers required numerous attempts to replicate
the color and finish of the 18th century originals. The brick
under the water table is set in an English bond pattern. The