Mark, old thickwit, if I supplied photos of white mortar between bricks, how
would you know that they were genuine bricks and mortar and not those of
some Aussie who couldn't find the airport and spent his days with a bottle
of white-out beautifying his NZ house?
Which structure? The three pix show brown and beige mortars. Just where
should I click to find the building you're talking about?
Not that I doubt that some architect has specified brilliant white
mortar for some building somewhere... :-)
tudor" brick house? The mortar isn't white - it's light beige or cream.
OK, who's next? I still want to see nice, bright white mortar. Or even
very, very light grey mortar. :-)
Maybe I should offer a prize?
Or maybe we should form a club of mortar hunters. We'll go out every
weekend and photograph brick wall, carefully lit (we'll bring along
portable lights) to bring out the full splendor of the colours of the
bricks and mortar. We could even a form a new newsgroup:
OK, did that. The closest to pure white is Alpine White Antique, pale
grey brick and matching mortar. Probably looks white in the right light,
at least compared to nearby buildings.
Still not white.
Greg, do you have a photo of a NZ building with pure white mortar? If
so, please post url, or post to alt.binaries.pictures.rail, as an OT
At what temperature Kelvin do you want the lighting?
However you want to pick the nit, the mortar is (some shade
of) white. Live with it...
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Here's a picture with a little text from the people who built the
house in the picture. Is the light good enough ?
I've drawn many plans for people who have used white brick and mortar,
especially in the south.
Incidentally, most suppliers carry white mortar. Also made with white
sand here in the states just as it is anywhere else. Can't make white
mortar with brown sand.
The red comes about during the firing process as a part of the chemical
reaction. Different reds through browns towards black can be created with
different temperatures and firing times, in fact it's difficult to get the
same precise result twice.
The colour of mortar is not something I'd ever questioned, here in NZ it's
always been white, so I've not built up a collection of photos to illustrate
differences. Of course it weathers from (pure/near) white, and as far as I
know there have been very few brick buildings built in the last 20 or so
A quick check of the yellow pages shows the bricklaying craft to be
approaching zero here so I'm unlikely to find any new examples. One can get
bricklike facings, but I wouldn't stoop to photographing those as evidence.
(Hokitika - Hokkaido is in Japan 8^)
You were on the west coast of the South Island. Those areas (I'm there right
now) are a long way and a number of mountain passes from more dense
population so heavier building materials such as tiles, bricks and blocks
are more expensive than locally produced timber and cement. Typically homes
here are timber framed and clad, with corrigated iron rooves. Brick
buildings are uncommon.
Most likely that is "stucco", a concrete plaster applied to a timber clad
building to reduce painting requirements.
My own home is poured concrete, 6" thick. An unusual method of construction.
Brick houses aren't uncommon in city areas or near rural brickworks, but
concrete blocks arrived in the 1950s and steadily replaced brick in new
construction. I can't recall seeing a new brick house in 20 years. However,
bricks are readily available at hardware outlets so I guess there must be
Off the top of my head, I'd guess at 1 in 25 houses are brick in
Christchurch. (that's one word BTW, no second emphasis on the first ch of
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