Updating a brick house

We want a house that nobody can huff and puff and blow down.

What most people in Ontario don’t realize is that there are two very different types of brick houses: brick veneer and solid masonry.

Wood Paneling - Wall, Beadboard, Brick, Bamboo, Stone, Vinyl Wall Wood Paneling: Wallwood paneling can be done with different kinds of styles and can be finished in a variety of ways such that it encompasses all the warmth and charm that can go far beyond a rustic look.

Beadboard Paneling: Beadboard paneling is one of the most popular decorative paneling materials on the market today, and is most often installed as a decorative wainscoting to add texture and contrast to a living area.

Started during the 1970's and 80's, wood paneling is the alternate to the usual painted or textured wallpaper and drywall.

Usually available in a 4x8 foot sheet, wood paneling solves many purposes from hiding depleted walls to concealing wiring to decorating the interior of any room.

I have consulted with many homeowners who are not happy with the plans their Architect has drawn up.

Because the inner wythe will never be seen, concrete or cinder block is sometimes substituted for brick.

As a brick wall increases in height, there is more and more danger that the inner wythe will separate from the outer wythe.

To hold the two wythe’s together, header bricks are installed, usually every six rows.

Also, it makes me wonder if I’m the only one who notices that the combination is not good.

Surely there was a designer involved with some of them?

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