Updating brick exterior

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To accentuate the bungalow's clean lines, a new porch railing was added, and the old roof was replaced with faux slate.Tired aluminum siding was exchanged for prefinished planking.Some of them are from readers who have painted their brick and emailed me pictures and colors. If you are painting your brick, I highly recommend that you have a contractor build a small braced brick test wall on plywood – and have the front face the same direction as the front of your house (or whatever area of your house you are testing).Look at the sample in the morning, mid-day, and afternoon.We’ve barely gotten started on things, so it might be a bit slow, but I wanted to share the Before pics with you so you can see what we are working with.It has really good bones and will be a great house. While coating brick walls with a shade of sunny yellow or crisp white will certainly brighten the appearance of your property, you may be dismayed to find that it's not easy to paint brickwork with a professional touch, and it will sharply increase the amount of maintenance your home's exterior requires.

Painting, unless it is meticulously done with high quality, vapor permeable, masonry paint, tends to trap the dampness and cause your bricks to crumble, often within as short a period as 5 to 10 years.

Once you put that paintbrush to the surface, however, you are committing yourself to repainting on a regular basis.

Even if the idea doesn't faze you, think of its impact on curb appeal.

She got married 6 years ago to David and now she has a partner to help her with updates to this charming house.

It’s in dire need of being introduced to the 21st century and that’s where I came in.

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