Jaques Construction has selected Imperial Bricks for a new-build executive home in Reigate.
The clients wanted the house to be true to Georgian architecture so the choice of brick was crucially important. Jaques Construction recommended using Imperial Bricks – the housebuilder had used our products on previous projects and knew it would be possible to select the exact shade and size required to give the new house an authentic Georgian finish.
Our team set up several sample boards to be taken to site to compare with the stone and slate options already selected.
David Jaques says: “We needed to use the best bricks we could and we also wanted to offer great value. The sample boards were excellent. We chose the 68mm Reclamation Soft Red blend, a handmade brick with a characterful aged finish. Keeping the neighbours on side was key, as we were building on a sloping plot which required extensive and fairly disruptive groundworks; there had been planning issues and we wanted to reassure them the end result would be worth it. I think it helped that they could see we’d chosen the best materials so the new house would blend well into the area.”
Reclamation Soft Red bricks marry with natural slate and timber sash windows to successfully realise the project’s ambition, creating an impressive modern property influenced by Georgian design. Reclamation Soft Red is a popular brick for use in restoration and conservation projects, as well as new builds that require a traditional style. It is imperial-sized, 9 x 4¼ x 2¾”: the same size as the bricks originally used in the 19th century.
“In our opinion there is no substitute for using a high-quality handmade brick like Imperial’s. Clients aren’t usually happy to pay the cost incurred by the process of cleaning bricks, and reclaimed bricks rarely work well when cutting to form arches as they are so brittle,” continues David.
“We always have Imperial Bricks in mind for this type of project, as we know we can get the quality and looks we are after.”
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