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The builders have used orange bricks for the new porch when our house bricks are beige/greyish

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Igiveupn0w Sat 12-Dec-15 15:28:31

DH says he doesn't mind but I think it looks odd.
AIBU to have an expectation that they would match the bricks or should we have asked especially?fhmm

ExasperatedAlmostAlways Sat 12-Dec-15 15:30:43


ExasperatedAlmostAlways Sat 12-Dec-15 15:31:58

Oops meant to say, no, they should defo of matched the brick colour.

MrsTerryPratchett Sat 12-Dec-15 15:32:17

Urgh. That sounds awful. YANBU.

Lomaamina Sat 12-Dec-15 15:32:21

YANBU! Even if you don't mind it'll make the house difficult to sell.

Bragadocia Sat 12-Dec-15 15:33:13

I would expect the builders to have asked you before getting on with it. They are the people who do this week in, week out - homeowners don't exactly have porches built very often. They should know the questions to ask. This would really annoy me. Do you think maybe DH just wants to avoid a confrontation? How could it not bother him; it must.

Jibberjabberjooo Sat 12-Dec-15 15:34:54

Of course they should match the bricks. We had an extension built and they matched as much as they could.

Sparkletastic Sat 12-Dec-15 15:35:58

Of course they must match as closely as possible. Were you away whilst the work was being done?

RaptorInaPorkPieHat Sat 12-Dec-15 15:38:38

Of course they should match. Have you brought it up with the builder?

Kaytee1987 Sat 12-Dec-15 15:41:15

They should match! Surely they should have asked and even drawn up a colour design before starting work?

fieldfare Sat 12-Dec-15 15:43:05

Of course they should match! Did you not discuss it?!
If it's too much hassle to take down ugly, or they are really difficult about it you could always render and then paint it so it looks like you planned it that way to begin with?

Igiveupn0w Sat 12-Dec-15 15:45:26

I left in the dark and came back in the dark yesterday when they added this layer.Have only just spotted it!
Dh seems to think it might be a bit of a feature grin but yes- I expect he would rather avoid the problem.

KathyCantDoInteriors Sat 12-Dec-15 15:46:20

How far up are they? Could they just be the foundation bricks?

Baaaaaaaaaaaa Sat 12-Dec-15 15:46:44

If the worst cones to the worst you can always colour match your porch using exterior paint. A bit of a pain, but not the end of the world considering!

Igiveupn0w Sat 12-Dec-15 15:47:41

No we didn't discuss it. I just expected it to match. That's why I posted in case it's not a given.

Igiveupn0w Sat 12-Dec-15 15:53:00

It's only going to be a dwarf wall - the rest is upvc so I can see why Dh is tempted to say it doesn't matter but if you are paying quite a lot for something it should be right! So making sure it is definitely not right before I talk to them about it on Monday.

Goingtobeawesome Sat 12-Dec-15 15:57:35

I couldn't get matching paint for the front wall and garage doors. We got the nearest match. It annoys me every fucking time.

Change them!!

ThumbWitchesAbroad Sat 12-Dec-15 16:01:44

YANBU - basic expectation is that it should look as similar as possible UNLESS you deliberately asked for a contrast, which you didn't.

Notsoaccidentproneanymore Sat 12-Dec-15 16:04:54

You can get brick stain which changes the cour of your bricks. Otherwise tell the builders you're not happy, and give them a chance to rectify the situation.

It must really odd.

Did they tie the bricks in?

Garlick Sat 12-Dec-15 16:07:35

It should be a given, but it isn't. Builders build. Designers design. An experienced professional would think to ask about which bricks - but did you choose it from a brochure? Were the bricks orange in the picture?

I fear you may be the 'experience' for this particular builder. You do need to raise it with them; you might feel it's worth an additional cost to have it re-done, or they may have some stopgap solution like a matching render already in stock.

Good luck!

PurpleGreenAvocado Sat 12-Dec-15 16:09:29

It's usually a condition of planning permission so no builder should be surprised to be expected to match the bricks. Obviously you don't need planning permission so the builder probably had some orange bricks left over from a different job and decided to cut his costs by using those. Where did he leave his horse while he was doing the porch?

Notsoaccidentproneanymore Sat 12-Dec-15 16:15:48

this might be the answer

Titsywoo Sat 12-Dec-15 16:26:23

Would it look better if you just render and paint it? Sometimes houses with some brick and some rendered sections looks better than all brick.

Ridingthegravytrain Sat 12-Dec-15 16:26:45

I reckon it's a cost
Thing too. But you should have been given the choice. We had a wall built recently and the block orange (engineering or something I think they were called) were the cheapest but looked naff. But we were given a choice and priced accordingly by our builder

Definitely change it. I suspect you will need to pay more but it will irritate you as pp said

earsarehurting Sat 12-Dec-15 16:28:21

I work in the trade and they should definitively have discussed it with you if they were not going to match the bricks, and you should have been able to see a sample.
I would look at the quote they have given, just to make sure it does not specify a particular brick (bricks can vary hugely in cost believe it or not), before you complain. THis ways you know where you stand.

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