Asked on May 24, 2015


by Car1724272
Hi, I have just had this extension done and we have had spot lights put in and now all I can notice is the uneven brickwork!!! Your thoughts please, am I being fussy???
  16 answers
  • Shari Shari on May 27, 2015
    From a technical standpoint, I don't know if this is a poor job of brickwork, or not. One of the construction pros on the site could weigh in on that. From an esthetic point of view, I think it is more noticeable to you because this addition is new and you are not used to looking at it. And, simply because it is new, you are probably looking at it a lot. I believe you will notice the uneven bricks less and less as time goes on. If it still really bothers you six months, or a year from now, you do have room to put up trellis against the brick and grow some type of climbing vine. Since you don't currently have any plants to add visual interest, that actually would look really pretty, imho.
    it is not a good brick job, I hope it wasn't a pro who did it, if so get them back out husband was a commercial building contractor, this would have never passed our standards..however, you could angle the spots if they are adjustable...them out a bit...that should help with the shadowing of the brick..
  • Car1724272 Car1724272 on May 27, 2015
    Thank you for your comments. We have been out with the level and it is all level and without the lights it looks fine. We are going to try adjusting the lights to see if this will avoid the shadowing of the bricks.
  • Erin Erin on May 27, 2015
    I think it looks cool.
  • Nicola R Nicola R on May 28, 2015
    I like it too. Maybe take down one or two of the lights.
  • Gail Gail on May 28, 2015
    I'm pretty sure the bricks were purposely put up that way,,, if not the mason must have had one to many beers..
  • Marge Marge on May 28, 2015
    The texture of the brick work looks awesome!
  • Becky Greenwald Becky Greenwald on May 28, 2015
    I like that it's uneven. It's not the usual texture, which is cool. But I'd use lower watt bulbs and soften that lighting.
  • Deborah Deborah on May 28, 2015
    I think the uneven bricks give the house character.
  • Julie Benson-Grant Julie Benson-Grant on May 28, 2015
    As many are commenting, it gives the house character. I like it as well. I know where you're coming from though, you have an idea in your head of what it should look like and then the finished project doesn't match your expectations. I would live with it for a while and see if you don't come to love it as well.
  • Charles Prock Charles Prock on May 28, 2015
    Have you held a light on the brick on the older part of the house? Does it look the same? If not, then you can probably find different centers for your recessed lights to make them focus not so much on the house, but on the yard out from the house.
  • Mary Ker Mary Ker on May 28, 2015
    Marbe distract from it by putting artwork under the spotlights?
  • Lindy Lindy on May 28, 2015
    We have brick walls and ther is no way they look like that. They are flat and uniform. You can see how far they stick out from one brick to the next so not sure how they registered as level when checked. I would have the contractor out to look at this before you pay.
  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on May 28, 2015
    As long as the brickwork is sound, I think it adds interesting dimension.
  • Chel Chel on May 31, 2015
    I thinnk the brickwork give it character!
  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Sep 12, 2021

    Hi, If it doesn't match the quality of existing brickwork. call the builder back in to rectify it. This is not a professional job! Otherwise, Turn off the lights or put something on the walls to hide the defective brickwork, such as Trellis or Artwork!