They Rebuilt the Wall

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A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the wall falling down on this building. Well they fixed it. The thing is the bricks don’t match the other bricks? Is that weird? Do you think it looks ok with mismatched bricks?

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  • That is horrible. Did they not notice the bricklaying pattern for the rest of the building? My house is also Flemish bond — alternating long and short bricks, in this case long and short bricks of contrasting colors. I guess they need to paint one or both buildings now to cover the butchery. They’ve taken a decades-old piece of urban fabric and ruined it forever (after letting it fall down). I’ve talked to the guy in charge of the building site, and he’s a nice guy and everything, but this is a shame.

  • Are renovations/construction in other cities as bad as they are in DC? I’ve only lived here for a few years but it seems everywhere you go in this city from NW to SE and in between is riddled with some of the most horrific renovations. Mismatched architectural enhancements, garish pop ups and pop outs, builder grade cosmetic features. I once saw a house in NE that had a front addition that jutted so far out toward the sidewalk that the slope of the new front steps was almost 90 degrees. I swear I’m not exaggerating, it would be like climbing a ladder to get to the front door.

  • It’s all about the dollars. The contractor that renovated our place cut all kinds of corners and I’m left fixing all of his minions’ plumbing, HVAC, and drainage mistakes. Part of the problem is the non-union, highly UNskilled labor that is used in construction these days… and it’s the same all over the nation. To become a master mason or get your bricklayer’s union card in the old days used to require being an apprentice and actually learning how to lay brick. Now the requirement to lay brick is simply a pulse.

    Yet another swell benefit of the last 35 years of union busting. Just be happy your walls don’t fall down ALL the time.

  • Kinda like it. Very vernacular. I think it will make for an interesting wall and conversation piece. Who wants everything to be perfect all the time? How boring.

  • I think they will paint the wall. then it would not be a matter

  • It’s all about the dollars. To you, it may be worth getting matching brick, etc. But that’s because you haven’t seen the bill and it’s not your problem. The owners who are actually contracting the work decided that $XX,XXX would be better spent in a more productive way. They probably don’t care about making HGTV critics like you happy.

    It’s obviously mismatched, but does it really matter? You probably can’t tell the diffrence inside. And if it’s ever an issue for the future owner, they can probably paint it and it will be nearly impossible to tell from the street.

    “Yet another swell benefit of the last 35 years of union busting. Just be happy your walls don’t fall down ALL the time.”

    No, it’s about options. Not everyone can spend the big bucks to renovate their place to the highest standards. They probably got a bunch of quotes, and they decided that the extra money won’t worth the aestetic and nonpractical benefit. The option for higher end renovation is still there. If someone else choses to do things to the highest standards and they are willing to pay for it, they can.

    And if you think union work guarantees high standards work, then it sounds like you have very limited renovation/construction experience. Contractors are pretty much all over the place in terms of quality/timeliness/ and prices. The best thing you can do is get recommendations from someone who had the same thing done. I have dealt with union, nonunion, unlicensed, as well as daylaborers and they are all over the place. If you don’t have solid recommendations, you just have to go with your gut and try some places on the smaller projects before giving them bigger projects. It’s always be hit or miss.

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