Clay brick’s a simple rectangular format has an appealing human scale providing for endless applications and interesting design using different bond patterns, combinations of colours, and textures, allowing for endless opportunity to individualise one’s home – a modern work of art.
Clay brick houses have long been used as the benchmark for quality housing in South Africa, having high aspirational value for all South Africans. Clay brick homes are always in demand, and define the benchmark for superior investment value.
Desirability & Dignity
King Henry the 8th of England lived in a home of red clay brick – the world renowned Hampton Court Palace. His descendants, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles have clay brick homes today. Many of the world’s most beautiful heritage buildings show off clay brick exteriors.
The varied colour palette and texture choices of natural brick means it doesn’t need to be hidden away under plaster and paint. From deep red to light creams, tans and greys, clay brick masonry creates one-of-a-kind home exteriors that make a statement.
Clay brick’s enduring hues and textures look beautiful for a lifetime, and they eliminate carbon debt associated with painting.
Diverse bonding patterns
A bond is the pattern in which bricks are laid. The visual contrast between courses of headers and stretchers combined with differences of colour or tone create subtle horizontal, vertical, cross and diagonal motifs. Bonding patterns can recur as unifying thematic elements as functional as they are fabulous.
Clay bricks are more than building blocks. Corners, radials, bullnoses, sloped sills, headers, coping caps can be used for dramatic angles and curves. Specially shaped bricks provide an aesthetic visual appeal and unique design elements.
Brick add atmosphere and a tactile dimension to an otherwise plain wall. Three-dimensional, symmetrical lines of masonry offer a constantly changing display of sculptural light and shadow, even when painted, adding character by creating stunning accents that enrich the design.
Masonry walls blend well with both traditional and contemporary materials. Brick brings rich colours and textures to concrete, steel and glass buildings. Brickwork also complements rustic building materials like timber, stone and thatch while bestowing a sense of heritage and authenticity to the home.