The mortar joint and colour used can alter the appearance of bricks and your home considerably, allowing you to achieve a relaxed light feel or a dramatic contrasting effect.
The raked version is the most common joint used in WA, however rolled or ironed joints complement nearly all brick and house styles. Flush joints provide a flatter look by minimising shadow.
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Brick Bond Patterns
The stack bond, where bricks are laid horizontally in vertical columns with vertical joints aligning, provides a clean, modern look and is popular as a feature in both internal and external brickwork. This is being used more in contemporary designs around Perth.
Banding bricks in contrasting colour or texture as a single soldier or stretcher course around a building's perimeter can be used to reduce the scale of a large surface or to emphasize horizontal elements.
Further interest can be created by corbelling and racking to either project or recess the brickwork from the vertical facade, essentially adding a three-dimensional quality to the design.