Exterior Brick Makeover: A Few Renovation Tips

As renovation designers, we love a good before and after – and we’ve found that our exterior brick renovations are some of our favorites. We’ve been finishing brick exterior for 8+ years and love how it gives homes more character and better curb appeal.

Here are a few of the home exteriors we’ve worked on.

Exterior brick makeover
Exterior renovation
Painted exterior brick
Home exterior renovation
Romabio Classico Limewash Toscana Beige

You’ll notice, even from these few pictures, that there are a lot of possible looks. That’s why it’s essential to do your research before starting an exterior brick renovation – you can’t just wing something like this. And not only are there several possible looks – there are several different methods, each with their own pros and cons.

Once you’ve done the hard work of deciding which method you’re going to use, there are still a handful of things to keep in mind to make sure your project is a success.

3 Tips for Getting an Exterior Brick Renovation You Love

  1. Have photos on hand. Print photos of a mock-up of your home with the new look – or, at the very least, print one to three pictures of exact look you’re going for. Then, share these with the person you’re hiring. Make sure, before hiring them, that they are confident in their ability to achieve this look for you.
  2. Be present and oversee the work. As your painter or general contractor works on your home, stick around so you can give real-time feedback and make sure they’re moving forward with what you have in mind. If you’re applying a mortar wash, keep in mind that it will look darker when wet. 
  3. Pay attention to the grout lines. As you’re updating your exterior brick, compare your grout lines to the ones in the pictures of the look you’re shooting for. You may need to do the work in layers, depending on how deep your grout lines are. We explain this in our brick fireplace makeover tutorial as well.

We hope this helps you get started on an exterior brick renovation for your home! When your project is complete, we’d love to see your before and after pictures.

If you still have questions, we’d love to help you! Reach out to us at design@chchomesnc.com. We can answer your questions and even do a mock-up of your home’s exterior for you. 

If you like our style, check out some of our other work on Pinterest!

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