Brick Houses: 12 Exterior Cladding Ideas

a traditional brick house design
(Image credit: Jeremy Phillips)

Building brick houses is a long-held tradition in the UK, thanks to the material's wide availability and versatility to suit a broad range of styles and designs. 

While budget and local vernacular often play a large part in choosing the types of brick that will face your home, there are still many considerations to make  — including how they're made, the subtle hues and variations in colour, and the shape and form. Plus, inherent simplicity of bricks often leads to playful creativity in terms of laying patterns and bonds in contemporary and traditional homes alike. 

Amy Reeves

Assistant Editor Amy began working for Homebuilding & Renovating in 2018. She has an interest in sustainable building methods and always has her eye on the latest design ideas. Amy has interviewed countless self builders, renovators and extenders about their experiences for Homebuilding & Renovating magazine. She is currently renovating a mid-century home, together with her partner, on a DIY basis, and has recently fitted her own kitchen.