brick foundation

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by sven1277, Jul 20, 2010.

  1. sven1277

    sven1277 LawnSite Senior Member
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    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?
     
  2. DVS Hardscaper

    DVS Hardscaper LawnSite Fanatic
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    no arguments.

    lay ythe CMU (block) and where u want the brick to begin use a block that is 2" narrower.
     
  3. sven1277

    sven1277 LawnSite Senior Member
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    It will be a poured foundation, not block.
     
  4. Moneypit

    Moneypit LawnSite Member
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    I don't get it. Why do you want a brick ledge if you are using thin brick?
     
  5. Bru75

    Bru75 LawnSite Senior Member
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  6. sven1277

    sven1277 LawnSite Senior Member
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    My question is what are the pros/cons for veneering thin brick vs. a brick ledge and mortaring full size bricks above grade.
     
  7. Bru75

    Bru75 LawnSite Senior Member
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    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.
     
  8. sven1277

    sven1277 LawnSite Senior Member
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    That is how I am leaning.
     
  9. Moneypit

    Moneypit LawnSite Member
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    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.
     
  10. 2brothersyardcare

    2brothersyardcare LawnSite Silver Member
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    want the name of my dads guy?
     

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