Painted Brick Houses
Right or wrong, there are some things I feel VERY strongly about. One of these is that if you are lucky enough to have a home that is unpainted brick … YOU DON’T PAINT IT!
I’ll concede that there are occasions when painting a brick building are a good option. Some of these situations could include:
1) If the building has already been painted,
2) If there has been a fire and the damage can’t be entirely repaired, or,
3) If you build an addition to the existing structure, and it is impossible to match the brick.
These scenarios aside, I can’t see why anyone would take a perfectly good brick house and paint it. Once you start the cycle of maintenance you have to keep it up. It also impacts neighbors aesthetically if you live in a rowhouse, as many of these homes are intended to read as a unit and not as individual structures.
Now, why is this on my mind??? Because my house is not painted and a relatively new neighbor of mine has asked me no fewer that four times when I will paint my house. One of the first things he did when he moved in was paint his pristine home, because it made it look fresh.
Now, I haven’t told him that I think what he did was wrong. Its his home, and he has that right. But, he doesn’t own my home. I don’t pay him rent. And, my home is two blocks away from his. Don’t you think he should let it go and stop forcing his passive-aggressive “suggestion” upon me? I will never paint the brick of my home.