While the website Antiquehome.org values brick homes as having a sense of timelessness and permanency, such an opinion doesn't acknowledge the variety of style and color that brick can bestow on a structure. A brick house can give you a home with lasting appeal that comes in both antique and contemporary designs.
While many associate red brick houses with old-fashioned designs, the Chinese company AZL Atelier Zhanglei based in Nanjing created a sleek, modern red brick house with clean lines and an exterior that harmoniously interacts with its natural surroundings. The company demonstrates how you can use bricks strategically to not just create an interesting geometric pattern, but also let in more light. The structure of a brick itself, with its perfect three-dimensional rectangular shape, lends itself well to minimalist designs as you can stack it very simply and create right angles and cubist stacks.
You don't have to use red brick to achieve a modernist style. In Belgium, an architecture firm, Klaarchitectuur Architecture, designed a house out of gray brick which, according to the website Homedug.com is a: "...modern structure with irregular windows and cool entrance design..." The jutting structures which extend from this house contrast the surrounding environment.
Ranch Style Brick Homes
According to Barbara Allen, author of the article "The Ranch-Style House in America: A Cultural and Environmental Discourse," attributes the origins of such homes to Spanish colonizers in southern California. These structures often have exteriors of brick or a combination of brick and wood and famously feature an L-shaped or U-shaped floor plan with focal rooms that open to the outdoors. The brick exterior of these homes give them a sense of permanence as well as ruggedness. Because bricks come in such a wide variety of colors, you can pick bricks that either contrast or blend in with the colors of nature that surround the home.
According to the website, Oldhouseweb.com, Georgian architecture had a strong presence in Great Britain and the American colonies in the 1700’s. This style features red brick stacked to form stately lines accompanied with white trim. These homes typically have five windows in the front. The style was a reaction to the Baroque style of buildings and furniture, characterized by their ornateness. A Georgian brick house has a greater degree of simplicity that many continue to find appealing.
- Antique Homes: House Plans
- HomeDug: Trendy Red Brick
- "Journal of Architectural Education;" The Ranch-Style House in America: A Cultural and Environmental Discourse; Barbara L. Allen; February 1996
- HomeDug: Contemporary Home Design in Belgium
- Old House Web: Stately Brick, Symmetrical Lines Define Georgian Style
- Photo Credit Brick Wall image by Tom McElvy from Fotolia.com
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