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Your Build - Winter 2017

Phase2 Framing Your Build Top tips 36 Winter 2017 Phase2 Phase 1 Phase 2 Phase 3 Phase 4 forchoosingbricks Jason Hughes, managing director of Imperial Bricks, advises Your Build readers to ask builders the right questions to ensure the bricks they use add kerb appeal – and value – to their homes Thinking of your current or next project? Whether self-build, conversion or refurbishment, if you plan to use bricks there are a few things to consider. There’s a huge selection of sizes, colours and finishes and it’s important for the success of the project to choose the right brick. All pre-’s buildings will have been built using imperial sizes, and it’s best to use the same size for any alteration, to avoid the ‘something’s not quite right’ look. If you are building your own home, ask for a test panel to be made up so you can see how the bricks will look when they’re laid. It’s a free service from Imperial, and it’s worth doing – it can be difficult to picture what a wall will look like if you’ve only seen one or two bricks. Whether it’s a heritage style cottage, a modern and contemporary internal feature wall or a restoration of a period property, your project needs exactly the right brick. For traditional or modern homes, handmade bricks are ideal. Each brick is unique, and the textured finish adds character and kerb appeal – and they’re also now available in styles that replicate the reclaimed brick look. Reclaimed bricks can be very difficult to source, and are expensive too, but newly made reclamation-style bricks can offer an instantly aged and textured appearance with the benefits of standardised testing, frost resistance and reliable supply. At Imperial Bricks, for example, we use traditional craftsman techniques, with the ability to add custom levels of weathering to achieve a perfect match. Location, location, location! You also need to consider where your property is located. Bricks vary in colour and composition across the UK, due to the chemical makeup of the surrounding clay. In Southern Counties such


Your Build - Winter 2017
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