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homeowner worked closely with the mason to duplicate the
weathered pointing by variably raking the mortar followed by
light grapevine pointing.
The home's front entrance features limestone steps with
custom bronze cramps, a painted wood pediment and period
appropriate light fixtures.
The dining room features a single, curved bay containing
three triple hung/sash windows that open to a rear loggia. The
brick pattern and glazed headers were designed to integrate
with the window openings.
BIA's Gold award winner, Brick City House in Denver's transitional Sunnyside neighborhood, has a palate consisting of
elongated hand worked brick, walnut siding/cabinetry, plaster
and glass, according to the project's architect, Studio B Architecture + Interiors.
Another home that entered into the competition, Cedar
Hollow Road Residence in Greensboro, N.C., is a modified
version of a European-style home. The homeowners wanted a
traditional and aged look. Instead of stone or siding, they chose
a trending light-colored brick to achieve the Old World elegance they desired.The brick has a time worn, weathered look.
According to the architect, Interlandi & Associates, the
homeowners accomplished this look using a clean, pristine
white brick. Nearly 50,000 units of General Shale's textured
Nottingham Tudor brick were used with a white mortar.
To enhance the home's French country design, the architect
added three brick barrel-roof dormers to its pitched roof and
recessed wood headers over the doors and windows. The design softened the look and broke up an all-white brick façade
while also adding vertical design elements to the wide home.
The roof's steep pitch allowed for clean lines and uncluttered wall space augmented by the light-colored brick, contrasting well with the heavy architectural shingles.
To complete the European feel, additional design elements
were added. This included board and batten shutters, wrought
iron railing, a clean roofline, roof finials, triple-entry doors and
curved wing walls on the brick entry steps.
Alberts Associates Inc., the architect for another project entry,
a Makicello Residence in Long Grove, Ill., says that using clay
brick paid homage to the 1800s architecture of German immigrants and is locally prevalent. But the home's inspiration
also included a variety of country manor homes, Jefferson's
Monticello, English cottages and Tudor and Cotswold homes.
According to the architect, using brick with a split face stone,
limestone, black iron, green slate tiles and stucco authenticated
an English Tudor style. Brick also allowed for thoughtful elevations with the intricate details found in older English Tudor
manor homes. Guided by distributor Illinois Brick, the bricks
selected were Patriot (a type of colonial reddish brown) and a
Brown Classic Modular by Glen-Gery Corp.
Other than curb appeal, the architect says that nothing is
vintage about Makicello's design and technology. To withstand
the harsh Midwest climate, clay brick was used on all four elevations. Clay brick and Vermont slate tiles were used throughout to maximize exterior cladding sustainability. Clay brick
was cut on site to reduce the weight of the thin brick required
for the herringbone details.
Brick with a six-inch, blown-in batt insulation and spray
foam insulation was used to provide high R-value and optimal
interior comfort. Additionally, crisscross, herringbone, Flemish and inset brick patterns were used to showcase the lost art
of master masons.
BIA's annual competition honors outstanding and resilient
design that incorporates clay brick. Judged by a jury of independent design professionals, BIA's 2017 premier design competition awarded 35 winners in 19 states with Best in Class,
Gold, Silver and Bronze winners in eight categories. )
Lorelei K. Harloe is a principal at LKH Communication LLC. The Brick Industry Association (BIA) is a nationally recognized authority on clay brick
construction representing the nation's distributors and manufacturers of
clay brick and suppliers of related products. For more information about
BIA, call 703-620-0010 or visit www.gobrick.com.
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