Matching Materials for an Extension

Rear brick extension
Slate roof with velux extension to side of house
Lots of light
Gable fronted extension
extension up to wallplate
Roof detail
 roof showing valley under construction
Steel frame extension
extension awaiting bi-fold doors
Vaulted roof with velux windows

An extension that goes almost unnoticed is something to be proud of — one that ruins the rest of the house is not.

Nothing ruins a house more than a badly matched extension, but with a little research, your new space can look as though it has been there forever. There are several cardinal sins when it comes to extension design, but within this article the focus is on how to source, alter and use materials in order to get your extension to blend seamlessly with what is already there. Your main focus when striving for a matching extension should be the materials you use for its construction – namely the bricks and roof covering – but do not overlook the details that hold them together.

List of some of the Brick Manufacturers


Brickwork is about so much more than your choice of brick.

From bonding patterns to mortar colours and joint profiles - the ultimate effect of a wall is determined by several elements and considerations. So before you start your project, make sure you’re making the most out of your wall with the help of our handy tips for enhancing brickwork.

Brickwork bonds

Bonding refers to the pattern in which bricks are laid.
The primary purpose of a bond is to ensure the brickwork is strong and stable, however bonds can also have a dramatic effect on the visual appearance of a wall. There are a number of ways in which the stretcher (the longer, rectangular face) and the header (the shorter, square face) can be laid.
•                            Stretcher Bond
With the Stretcher bond, courses are laid as stretchers with the joint of one course falling midway between the joints of the courses below.
•                            English Bond
The traditional English brick bond alternates between stretching and heading courses, with headers centred over the stretchers underneath.
•                            Flemish bond
The traditional Flemish brick has alternative stretchers and headers on every course, with the headers centred over the stretchers underneath.
•                            English Garden Wall bond
The decorative English garden wall bond has three courses of stretchers between every course of headers, often in a different colour.
•                            Stack bond
In vertical or horizontal stack bonds, the bricks do not overlap. It’s a decorative laying pattern, which delivers a striking visual effect.
•                            Wild bond
A wild bond is where the bricks are laid in a seemingly random formation, which delivers a cobbled, authentically traditional appearance.

Mortar colour

Mortar accounts for 15 - 17% of the visible brickwork of a wall, depending on the bond pattern, so another key consideration for determining the overall appearance of a building is mortar colour.
It’s important to check that your mortar will suit the surrounding built environment, particularly when repointing existing brickwork.
As you’ll see in the examples below, the same brick can look completely different depending on the colour the mortar used:
Mortar joint profiles
The mortar joint profile also has an impact on the aesthetics of a wall.  It also plays an important role in the weather resistance of brickwork. The choice of joint profile should be based on technical performance requirements as well as appearance.
We would always recommend discussing joint profiles with the builder to check their experience, get their advice on suitability for the area, the climate and also potential cost variations.

Brick orientation

The direction in which a brick is laid can create interesting patterns and add value to virtually any wall.
There are six traditional ways in which a brick may be laid. These orientations are defined by which side of the brick is outward facing and which is fixed to the existing structure.
•                            Stretcher (bed fixed to structure, stretcher outward facing)
•                            Header (bed fixed to structure, header outward facing)
•                            Shiner (stretcher fixed to structure, broader face outward facing)
•                            Soldier (header fixed to structure, stretcher outward facing)
•                            Sailor (header fixed to structure, broader face outward facing)
•                            Rowlock (stretcher fixed to structure, header outward facing)
There are some great examples of innovative uses of bricks in new or unusual orientations. Laying the bricks on their side or using protruding details can have a big impact on the overall appearance of a wall.


Things that can be done with brick is endless.

Port holes

a master piece to all buildings.

Steps can create

a feature to our gardens

Protruding brick

does so much for your home.

Garden Walls

make great flower beds.