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I am not sure if this is a result of years of painting, or whether it is a special treatment – perhaps the mortar was spread over the surface of the bricks to give a smooth appearance.Any Shutze experts out there who could answer this for us?
When looking into the mortarwash technique a bit further, I came across a product made by Boral Brick called ‘Pastelcote’.Case in point: this house in Atlanta started its life as a 1930s Federal style house, but in recent years it was totally renovated (taken down to the studs) and transformed into a Neoclassical masterpiece. Baker, landscape architecture Alec Michaelides of Land Plus.(Photo credit: Things That Inspire)Another home whose architectural appearance and color palette has immense appeal to me is the personal home of designer (and attorney) Ty Larkins, whose home appeared in the December issue of House Beautiful.Although I marveled at the interiors of this home, what really stood out to me was the exterior, as this is on my mind these days. Larkins to ask about the exterior of his home, which looks like it is an older house even though it is newly built (a ‘new old house). Larkins told me that he used old brick on the exterior of his new house, then had it painted with latex paint (not too flat, not too glossy). Painting brick is a great way to get the monolithic appearance of stucco, or achieve a certain uniform look as an alternative to stucco. I recently emailed Lori, and asked about the exterior of her home.Lori told me that many people think that her home is old even though it is newly built – and she partially attributes that to the fact that she used hand made bricks in the construction of her home (as opposed to machine made).I had the privilege of a private tour of this house by Rodolfo himself (at the tail end of construction), and it is as beautiful on the inside as it is on the outside.
(Photo Credit: Rodolfo Castro) does not note why the owners or the architect chose painted brick, I think it is beautiful and charming and does lend a sense of age to the home.
The house in this picture was meant to compliment the French house on one side, but make an easy transition to the Georgian house on the other side.
It is stucco, which is very commonly found on French style houses in Europe (and America). It is my favorite material for the exterior of a house, and it is definitely a favorite in Atlanta.
Image via Beautiful Homes, photography by Michael Partenio.
So is this charming new house, also designed by Stan Dixon.
The lovely landscape architecture certainly contributes to this effect - landscape architect was Alec Michaelides from Land Plus.