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front of the house versus the side and back of the house: a question about bricks

My husband and I recently moved to a neighborhood filled with late 19th-century/early 20-century houses. The house across the alleyway from us has smooth brick with barely visible mortar lines on its front which continues around its corner for a few feet (a wrap if you will). The remainder of the side of the house has rougher looking brick. I have explained to my husband this is because the type of brick used in the front cost more and so the builder only used it in the front and used a more generic, less expensive brick on the side. He doesn't believe me. Can anyone point me to a Web site or other source where this is explained? Thanks so much.

Sombreuil_mongrel
Re: front of the house versus the side and back of the house: a question about bricks

You are in the right. Facades of gauged brick and rears of common brick were done for economy. Gauged brick was very costly.
Casey

dj1
Re: front of the house versus the side and back of the house: a question about bricks

Really, there is nothing to explain. Builders have always been going for the best look at the lowest cost - and your example proves it.

There is nothing to stop your husband from installing matching stones all around the back side. It's only money you know.

ed21
Re: front of the house versus the side and back of the house: a question about bricks

I can't think of any functional reason other than cost. Many decisions, if not most, in construction are based on a budget.

Mastercarpentry
Re: front of the house versus the side and back of the house: a question about bricks

It's still a common practice. Newer subdivisions here are chock-full of homes with a brick or stone front which the rest of the house is vinyl. Even guarded and gated high-dollar communities have similar- just that they use better siding on the remaining 3 sides.

Phil

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