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  • Ellen says

    I love 5 and 7. Definitely pull the door out to at least flush with the house outer wall. The house looks really cool. Good luck.

  • Emma says

    I love inspo photo #4 best! Love the idea of a wild garden. But I also LOVE some symmetrical shrubs. But also add a portico for sure, and dormer windows if possible! Those would be AMAZING. Ok so basically everything you just said I agree with ha!

  • Sarah says

    Hello and congratulations on the new house! Someone may have already called this out, but Chip & Joanna Gaines encountered the worm brick on a house they did for Fixer Upper. They ended up using stucco over the brick; may be something to consider. It was season 4 – episode 13 if you’re interested ☺️ Good luck!

  • Kelsi says

    Portico for sure!! And I love the idea of widening the center window, but could see that having many roadblocks. I am all about painted brick, but see where the issue is with the “worms”. I think I would leave it as is due to that, and go with the vibes of #6-7. Cannot wait to see what you do with landscaping!

  • Tara says

    Is there a way to cover the exterior with a thin layer of white smooth stucco. That way you cover the brick and change the exterior color.

  • Tiffany says

    I think with the texture of the brick a German Schmear would be helpful, possibly more intensive than painting. I love all the inspo ideas! English cottage feel is a dream!

  • Jenna says

    I love the simplicity in the last photos, whatever you do is going to be awesome! We spent the first summer after we got married in DC while my husband did a law school internship at the National Gallery of Art. We’d bike through Georgetown all the time and I’d practically fall off my bike because of all my gawking. I’d love to hear more of the story about how you named your blog. I’ve been a reader since you lived abroad, and love your work.

  • Julie says

    Congratulations! Love your inspo pics. The DC vibe is more lush than the other homes. I wonder how you feel about letting vines grow on the brick to mask the “worms” and add more greenery. What does the entry look like – that would inform my decision to do the porch/portico.

  • Dagny says

    I wouod have kept the brick as is, ad shutters and some vines growing up the facade. It will look absolutely magical. 😍

    Oh, and PS: If you want to paint it, have it plastered or use natural lime paint (bricks are the ideal surface)

  • Katie says

    I hate that I am saying this but on an episode of fixer upper they had the same worm brick and they did a German schmear plaster. Looked amazing.

  • Ann says

    what about doing what some people call a ‘German schmear’. it’s like a plaster that smoothed over the bricks with a bit of the brick peeping through?

  • leslie says

    I say paint the brick white- it seems that’s what is pulling at your heart. The ‘worms’ won’t really show, just make the brick look older and worn. The idea above about adding vines or wysteria or some sort of greenery to sort of block parts of the brick will help. Adding the portico, dormer, or shutters- whatever you end up doing- will steer the eye away from the defects of the brick.
    Idea- do videos of the reno on YOUtube so we can watch in order or whenever we want. Plus you’ll get the income from Youtube.

  • Jan says

    Some folks in our area changed the look of their brick that had a heavily lined texture by shaving off a layer. It looks fantastic! I lived in Arlington VA for four years and I love colonial architecture. Your simple cream facades are lovely.

  • Bethany Soelberg says

    I knew # 4 was “young house love” … my vote are the more paired down country feeling ones. It’s funny how taste changes … when I was living in DC and walking by row houses everyday to and from work, I loved the formality, the ornate, the stately. But now I am much more modern and clean-leaning.

    I second the German Schmeer idea but more fully covered to look more like European plaster … like Jenny Komenda’s kitchen. I dream of doing that to my parents fireplace!

  • Wendy says

    So, the thing is, you can’t un-paint bricks, ya know? We rented the most beautiful Victorian house in Logan, UT, but the brick was all painted white and I was sad about it. I have cringy feelings about painted bricks. Plus I just love natural material colors. I definitely love the shutters though. Adding some dormers world be just lovely. I also really like the idea of a portico. One of your pictures at the beginning of the post has almost a faux portico that just barely sticks off the house and the door is a little recessed like yours. It seems like that would be a good option. I can’t wait to see what you do!

  • AnnaLynne says

    Eeee! I’m so happy for you! May I suggest the book, “Get Your House Right”. It’s an invaluable resource when working on a project like this. It takes residential architectural styles in the US and breaks them down into what makes them unique, as well as the subtle dos and don’ts to make new builds look more authentic. I’m reading it for fun and love that it gets into the nitty gritty details!

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