Thursday, May 29, 2008

We Have Brick

(SNIP long meditation on how blind I once was to colours and shapes, how revelatory it is to have my vision so honed that I can recognize at a glance the difference between genuine reclaimed brick and new imitations thereof, not to mention my newfound ability to identify on sight the difference between Concord Ivory and Wyndham Cream paint. It's like the ear training I used to do for my piano exams, only for my eyes.

CUT directly to photos.)

Brick and siding:


Maybe a yellow door?


Random house I drove past that looks like it has similar brick and siding:


(Regular blogging to resume sometime in September.)

24 comments:

Karen said...

those are nice bricks. yellow is always a favorite. I live with someone who talks about colors and shapes in this way full time. It is rather an amazing talent. I've not got it yet, but you give me hope.

Jenifer said...

The random house looks nice, if not a little blah. I think the yellow would be great though, so sunny during the long winter months.

painted maypole said...

it's like an earworm, this house planning. ;)

Omaha Mama said...

It looks beautiful. I do know that red doors are good feng shui (apparently, I feel compelled to become your feng shui advisor). I don't know about yellow, but it does sound lovely.
Just don't paint your door black. We have a neighbor whose door is black. It always looks open to a dark home.

jadine said...

Righteous first sentence! :)

The house pictured at the end of the post is the exact same colors as *my* house (that sounds like bad grammar, but I think it's right). A nice color-combo, I think. Just watch, though....you're going to get 50 different opinions!

...a lurker :)

Alpha DogMa said...

I think a yellow door would be v. chic. Those are spiffy shingles -- I have shingle envy. We need to paint our house but our selection is limited as the last owners installed forest green shingles. Ugh. And they are in GOOD shape so we can't justify trashing them.

Swistle said...

Love the SNIP!

Love the bricks!

Magpie said...

Personally, I'd go for a nice royal blue sort of color - but based on what you've been posting colorwise, I think yellow would look good on your house.

Mad said...

...and will you have a TWO CAR garage and dormer windows? Just wondering.

Bea said...

Jadine - I so love it when lurkers come out of hiding. Welcome!

AD - See, that's a perfect example - I only just recently realized that roof shingles came in more than one colour. I think I was assuming that everybody's roof was black.

Magpie - Blue DOES look nice - I had a photo of an exact replica of the house I posted and it has a blue door.

Mad - Yes, two-car garage, but alas, no to the dormer window (I love designs with a loft). There will be window seats in the two front bedrooms, though.

Greg S. said...

I don't mean to throw a wrench in your plans, but:
Brick AND siding? I don't think they (usually) go well together. Too often looks more like "couldn't decide between them" or "makes one structure look like two." I just think it needs to be well thought out for it to work.

For instance, it makes the garage in the random-house photo stand out so much. Passers-by see GARAGE (with house), which seems backwards to me. (Though yes, part of it is because the garage is entirely out in front of the house. Perhaps it was an addition?)

I am a fan of colored shingles - particularly with variation in the color. Provides some depth and breaks up a monolithic appearance. It does mean some level of commitment to a color scheme, though, since they'll hopefully last a few decades and can't exactly be repainted or something. So I wouldn't suggest going with a particularly strong color (e.g. the bright greens or reds) unless you're sure of the rest of the scheme. We went with a dark grey on ours, but partly because we expect to be repainting the house and didn't want to "paint ourselves into a corner." Also - try to see the manufacturer and color you choose on an actual building before you commit. It can help to see how the color weathers, and I found that the pictures could be really misleading about the actual color. (The "weathered wood" looked a lot better in pictures than in real life - and we saw several examples.)

And, uh, yellow door works, to me. Though I don't feel strongly about it. (Hey, I'm a guy, how much do you really want from me, anyhow?)

(Oh, and another lurker - though I have commented before. And I have no idea why I got so wordy...!)

that girl said...

I don't envy you right now.

bren j. said...

A yellow door sounds like fun...but which SHADE of yellow??

Bea said...

Greg - The vast majority of houses in my area have some combination of brick and siding. Only the most expensive two-storey houses are all brick, and an all-siding house would look very unusual in this area (though I know they are the norm elsewhere). I do like it when the brick and siding colours are very similar so it kind of blends - there is a sense that the house gets chopped in half otherwise. But to avoid that you pretty much have to go with light grey or light beige, so I picked chopped-in-half over boring.

Bren - Dorset Gold! (The middle one on the chip.)

Mr. B&P said...

Actually, the rule in the subdivision is that the first story must be brick. We'd likely have gone full brick but for the $$$.

Beck said...

We're thinking of painting our front door a deep aged pumpkin. Because nothing says "class" like "old gourd."

NotSoSage said...

Is it wrong that I get so much pleasure out of the minutiae of your house-planning?

Mad said...

We have a two car garage 'round back. There is no room for a car in it. Cautionary tale.

BTW, I answered you in a somewhat alarmist fashion at my place.

Bon said...

the brick is nice. definitely the real stuff is worthwhile...it IS weird how the eye can pick up all these new literacies, isn't it? one day you know nothin' bout countertops, the next you wouldn't be caught dead with x in your house.

we have a yellow door. i like it.

Bea said...

Sage - I'm so glad you said that, because I feel very self-obsessed posting these updates (bizarrely, considering that I'm a personal blogger, whose entire blog arguably qualifies as self-obsessed).

kelly bee said...

yellow door is so daring and warm and has so much personality. love it...except for one thing. how will it look with your christmas wreath?? just a thought.

JCK said...

Looks and sounds like you are having fun with the design aspect!

Lisa b said...

Septemeber????

No we must know if it will be the dorset gold.
I did that colour interior and it was too dark but I think it would make a lovely door.

Candygirlflies said...

I'm going to be the "fly in the ointment" and suggest a nice, shiny black door, to pick up on the darker shade in the brick. If you were to use brass fixtures (like a kickplate, lock set, and perhaps a door knocker), it would really stand out!

I'm sure your house is going to be gorgeous!

CGF