Saturday, 9 April 2016

Two fifths (?) done

Don't break out the champagne yet but I have finished bricking one of the opening fronts.


infills

However careful you are using the grid method, or any other you devise, to keep you on the straight and narrow, nothing will allow you to fit rows of bricks perfectly between various trims on the house.  It is important that you give a bit of thought as to where you might want a complete row of bricks to be - over a row of windows, below them, over the main doorway, beneath the stone trim?  Really the choice is entirely yours.  Start by setting that row in place and then work away from it in both directions until you have filled the area.  The photo above shows the tiny infills I had to do above some windows.  You could be less fussy and just paint a brick colour line around all the trims and leave the tiny spaces.  I promise you they will not be visible to any 'normal' person looking at your house.  As for me...... well ...  I am just plain fussy!

1,000 bricks

This is what 1,000 bricks looks like.  I took the photo when I got to the end of the bag.  As for how long it takes I am making a very rough guess it took me about twelve hours to get those down.  I have been doing it for a couple of hours a day for about six days.  It is a really, really rough guess as I get endlessly interrupted by domestic things so it isn't a concentrated effort.  I will try to remember to time one hundred bricks for you and multiply it up to give you a rough indication of what it takes.

A few more added

With a few more added the right side is done.  There is a bit more to do on the other side and then the area floors need tiling, also there are slates to do on the roof and the dormers.  The dormers also need some bricks.  So it continues, but at least for now some big chunks of wood are out of my way which was the object of the game.  I am looking forward to getting them hung maybe in a couple of weeks time.




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  1. well done! You are certainly patient! Adding bricks makes such a difference, much more realistic than simply painting :-)

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    1. I really like the finish these give. Painting is fine on the appropriate house and to be honest a Georgian terrace would have looked fine with paint but I have a real house in Bristol in my head so it had to be red brick. Damn the expense and labour.......a labour of love actually. Marilyn

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  3. You're certainly cracking on with this and I especially like the third photo showing the bricking of that side in it's entirety. It's going to look a superb building and well worth the effort (and expense!)

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    1. Thanks Irene. As you say it does add to the cost but I have loved these versi bricks and slates since project two and resistance is futile! Marilyn....currently in Edinburgh

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