For the Record
You can Huff and Puff… It Won’t Help You
Jennifer Morrell, Editor
Remember the Big Bad Wolf? The only place those three little pigs could seek any refuge was behind a wall of bricks. As a kid, I was thankful the pigs had a safe place to retreat from that mean, hairy wolf.
Today, I am a big fan of bricks, and it’s not just because my dad distributes them for a living at his company in southwest Georgia. When compared with nearly every other exterior finish you can apply to a building, bricks just look better. Bricks offer clean lines, a regal appearance, a broad color selection and — let’s face it — they last forever.
From differently sized brick to unique brick pavers, the family of brick masonry can usually meet most any need for a project. It’s the plight of the Brick Industry Association, brick manufacturers nationwide and Masonry magazine to remind contractors, architects, engineers and designers just how versatile brick really is.
And the strength of those fired clay rectangles? Get oudda here… it’s unsurpassed!
I can tell you, as someone who’s lived in everything from a brick house to an apartment with wood siding and a brick-and-stone high-rise, I’d rather be in a brick structure than anywhere else when the weather turns nasty and dangerous. And, aesthetically, I don’t think there’s a prettier place to be, either.
- 56February 2012 Sustainability The Environmental Attributes of Bricks By Charles B. Clark, Jr. Photo by Jeffrey Totaro Shown is the Cuisinart Center for Culinary Excellence in Rhode Island, which won a Silver Award in the BIA Brick in Architecture Awards competition. Architect was Tsoi/Kobus & Associates; landscape architect was Stephen…
- 49It Ain’t Over ‘Til the Big Kid Scores By “Coach” Gary Micheloni A Little League basketball game in which my grandson was playing got me thinking. Like any team, it had some really good players, some mediocre players, and some not-so-good players. In this league, every kid has to play…
- 48April 2008 Brick By Karen Haywood Queen When leaders at the Long and Foster Companies decided to build a new corporate headquarters just outside of Washington, they wanted their Georgian-style building to look as if it had been around for centuries. They chose oversized, handmade bricks that were made using…