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07-20-2010, 11:35 PM
A little off topic, but this is probably the best place to post.

I'm building a 16'x18' post and beam addition on my house. Original house built in 1773. I suppose it would be easier to face the new foundation with thin brick to blend better with the old foundation. Are there any arguments for building a brick ledge into the foundation and mortaring bricks on the above grade portion?

DVS Hardscaper
07-20-2010, 11:55 PM
no arguments.

lay ythe CMU (block) and where u want the brick to begin use a block that is 2" narrower.

07-21-2010, 12:39 AM
It will be a poured foundation, not block.

07-21-2010, 10:53 PM
I don't get it. Why do you want a brick ledge if you are using thin brick?

07-22-2010, 12:33 AM
I don't get it. Why do you want a brick ledge if you are using thin brick?

Me either. Thin brick (the 1/2" thick stuff) just sticks to the wall with mortar.

07-22-2010, 10:11 AM
My question is what are the pros/cons for veneering thin brick vs. a brick ledge and mortaring full size bricks above grade.

07-22-2010, 01:03 PM
Got it. Your first question was clear as mud.
If it were me, I would use the thin brick. I don't see any disadvantages to that, and if you don't tell anybody, they will never know it is not fullsize brick.
I once heard somebody refer to it as "fake brick", but is not all brick man-made, and thus "fake" in some way?
It will go up faster, no shelf needed, and unlike cultured stone, it is just as real as full bricks.

07-22-2010, 05:36 PM
That is how I am leaning.

07-23-2010, 10:30 PM
As clear as mud...... lol

The only con to using the thin brick is that it isn't full size brick. I know most people might not care, but I would never have it on my personal house. I do lots of full size brick veneers so maybe that has something to do with it.
If it doesn't bother you, then go with the thin brick.

07-24-2010, 10:18 AM
want the name of my dads guy?

07-24-2010, 03:56 PM
It will be a poured foundation, not block.

You also can use an angle iron for your ledge as well. If it was my house, I would use a regular brick.

As far as "not being able to tell if it's thin brick or regular brick":

There are many dead giveaways on thin brick useage especially around any of the openings in a structure.