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Exterior Makeover: Replacing Brick with Stone (and a whole lot more!)
April 16, 2018
As a realtor, I am often met with a common concern when my clients are viewing homes. When an exterior of a home isn't the style or of the material they prefer, prospective buyers often write it off without even walking inside. My hope is that this blog post will prove that anything is possible! When we purchased this 1972 farmhouse, the exterior was brick in all shades of brown. We loved the barn shape but we personally lean more towards a rock exterior and white rock at that. All in all the exterior was pretty much the complete opposite of what we would have personally chosen. In addition, the fireplace on the interior was also adorned with the brown brick. One of the first facelifts we completed was to lay thin cut chopped rock on top of the brick of the fireplace. We absolutely loved it and were anxious to do the same to the exterior.
Obviously it was quite a bit more extensive to renovate the exterior for several reasons. First, we didn't feel comfortable placing the rock over the brick this time. With the larger surface area and exposure to the elements we felt it would pose a risk to the longevity and integrity of the work. (i.e. we didn't want to risk it falling off or creating too much weight on the frame of our house with two layers of masonry). So we decided to pull all of the brick off of the exterior before laying the rock. Also included in the project was a new roof, new doors and windows, new insulation, new wallboard, new trim, new fixtures, a new awning and patio, a new paved walkway, and a whole lot of labor! However, it was absolutely worth it and we are thrilled with the results!