Brick Tinting Example – Matching brickwork on a new extension to a Grade II listed building.

In 2020, we were contacted by a homeowner in Sefton, Merseyside. He was in the finishing stages of a new extension to a beautiful grade ii listed building dating back to 1620.

He had originally sourced reclaimed bricks, but was advised that even reclaimed bricks might not be a suitable match to the existing brickwork due to the weathering and ageing of the original brickwork. Also he decided not to proceed with the reclaimed bricks due to the possibility of a high percentage of rejects. Instead he went with a reproduction new brick called a cheshire red.

Unfortunately the cheshire red in no way matched the original brickwork. It was a condition of his planning conditions that his new brickwork should match and blend in with the old bricks. The local heritage officer and planning needed to be satisfied that there would be a permanent solution to this problem.

At this point the owner contacted us, to see if we could help. We advised him on the process, and re-assured him that this was a safe and permanent option. Brick tinting has been used effectively and safely for decades. Secondly to satisfy all parties, we advised him that part of the process prior to full works was to provide a non permanent , reversible sample.

All parties agreed that a sample panel should be the next step. So we arrived to site and began works. The purpose of the sample panel allows several things to happen;

-it allows us to get our various brick shades mixed perfectly

-it allows us to test the suitability of brick (not all bricks can absorb tints effectively)

-it allows for a sample of the finished effect to be shown to the customer before commiting to further works

Non Permanent sample in process

The owner was over the moon with the results, he just had to wait for the nod from the planning. After a worrying while they finally gave permission for works to proceed but would reserve judgment until the works had been completed.

A couple of weeks after the sample we started works. We already had our brick dye ratios noted for the various shades. We proceeded to work on the brickwork. Because the old brickwork varied to much, it was quite a challenge to randomly yet skill-fully tint the bricks individually . We first toned down the bricks to give a subtle tone down of the bricks. Using various tricks of the trade we continued to tint each brick individually to give the whole facade a random aged effect. Even though the solution is based in science, there is a whole lot of art in application!

The works took approx five days, we took our time because we knew we had to get it right. We loved working on this property and the owner was such a nice chap it made working here a pleasure. We were pleased with the results and so was the owner. More critically the planning officer and heritage man were more than satisfied that the new extension met the conditions set our in the planning permission.

We really did enjoy working on this fantastic building, even though we had to please not only the customer but the planning people.

We are still in touch with the owner and they even sent us a happy christmas text which was super nice. We like to think of ourselves as being friendly as well as professional , and its nice to hear back from the customer in reviews like this!

If you have any questions about bricktinting , or have any bricks you need tinting,

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1 thought on “Brick Tinting Example – Matching brickwork on a new extension to a Grade II listed building.”

  1. That’s an astonishing transformation. I can totally see why the home owner was delighted. It looks very professional. As well as looking superb, this will have saved the homeowner a fortune. Congratulations.

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