I’ve recently purchased a worn-down 1860’s red brick house, to renovate, extend, and turn into a large family house.

My issue/question is what to do with the exterior. We love the red brick, but it is in a poor state. It will need repairing and repointing for sure. It is also a solid brick wall (no cavity). Would it be better to render the outside and add insulation? For the new extension too, if we were to keep the red brick, would we be able to get the same bricks? I don’t want the extension to look different from the existing house.

My preference would be to keep it red brick, but I’m not sure if will be realistic.

Any feedback would be very appreciated.



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