A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

Brick by Brick

If you pass by our house, it appears that we live in a red brick bungalow, and that’s the way I think of it as well. In reality, though, the face brick is made up of many different colors: reds, yellows, greens and browns.



I would love to add color to the window trim — I hate the white — and these bricks give me so many options. I remember the PO telling me that the original roof color was green. Looking at this brick, it makes total sense.

While I hope someday to replace the aluminum storm windows with wood storms (just in the front of the house), the gutters and soffits are also white. So unless someone wants to give me a bunch of money, I guess I’m going to have to live with the white.

Anyway, as we’re finally starting to organize the garage a little, we found some extra face bricks, but we couldn’t believe that they would be left over from the ’20s. Then I remembered that the PO told me that the porch and front stairs had been rebuilt because there had been damage from rain water dripping onto it (for who knows how long).

I never looked at the porch closely until we started working on the landscaping in front. There’s quite a difference in the type of brick used, but it blends in very well. Whoever did the brickwork did a really nice job.



  1. Robin on June 20, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    Wow! That’s some colorful brick.

  2. Jennifer on June 20, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    Isn’t it interesting? Our brick is mostly red. Red and orange… not really any other colors.

    I bet the green looked fabulous!

  3. southsideandy on June 21, 2008 at 4:58 pm

    That also may explain why you have slanted wing walls…I wonder if the original wing walls were slanted? Maybe you’ll find out when the village gets back to you…would be interesting to know.

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