Bloomin builder has only gone and used bricks on our extension that look like they were chosen by someone colourblind! Agghhhh I could scream. But, the damage is done, so I'm thinking we have three options: 1) ignore them 2) render them 3) dye them www.dyebrick.com
I can't do 1, so I'm thinking try 3, with 2 as a last resort.
I used dyebrick, although it was only on a porch, as the brick work was too pale. It's worth a try. It's straightforward to do, take your time and experiment (to see whether a more dilute mixture, built up gradually looks best, or whether stippling with the brush, rather than painting works best). Mine is an old Victorian house, so the bricks are uneven colour anyway both between bricks, and within the same brick. So I tried to replicate that. It looks good, and is not noticably 'painted'.
Yay, it's good to get some positive replies! I spoke to my builder about dying them and he said it was a waste of time and to just render them - ha, what does he know, a man who doesn't even do email!
The room we've had extended (and will be my new kitchen) was originally flat roofed, with a wall that ran out (deliberately) so that it wasn't parallel to the opposite wall - looks better than it sounds. What we've done is have a pitched roof put on, and extended the wall that 'runs out' and brought it back square to the opposite wall. Hence we have new brick work at the top of the gable wall plus the bit that was extended to bring the wall back parallel. What makes the new bricks look even worse is the builder bought the bricks in two batches so both bits of new brick are different to each other and the old wall! I hope that makes sense!
We will most likely need a few different dyes as our original bricks are multi coloured. What a bloomin nightmare! Happily we have sourced reclaimed roof tiles that match the original - phew.
Good point about builder paying, but I'm not sure I trust him to do the dying - think I'd rather have a go myself!