Brick houses in all centuries were considered durable and reliable buildings. Despite the variety of modern options, today brick is considered one of the best materials used for capital construction. Particularly popular are brick houses with an attic, in which it is easy to equip a living room for various purposes.
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Very often, the decision to turn a room under the roof into a full-fledged room comes in the desire to increase the usable area of the house. Even at the design stage, you need to decide what to build: a cold attic or a warm attic… The latter option implies the presence of large windows, which are usually mounted in the ceiling, and the roof slopes serve as the walls of the room.
Most projects of this type of houses have complex roofs with a kink, which in the finished form look more attractive than simple versions of buildings with a gable roof.
If earlier the attic was needed only to increase living space, today such houses are popular among people of creative professions.
Brick houses with an attic have become popular also because such structures have many advantages:
Reliability and durability… Brick is a fireproof, environmentally friendly material with excellent heat and sound insulation properties. Thanks to its "breathable" properties, the air in the room does not stagnate. Therefore, in such houses there is always a warm, homely atmosphere
- Saving on materials… A one-story house with an attic will cost much less than a two-story building.
- Durability… Brick is a fairly resistant material, especially against fungus, mold, insects and mice.
Observing all the rules for building houses from this material, the long life of the structure is guaranteed.
Design… Modern manufacturers offer a lot of different shapes and colors, so with the help of bricks you can make any dream come true. In addition, the attic floor does not have to be a living area; it can accommodate a greenhouse or a photo studio
Houses with an attic also have disadvantages that you should know before starting construction:
- The difficulty of creating high-quality thermal insulation and ventilation of the roof. The laying of these systems requires a careful approach. Failure to comply with the technology can lead to the fact that it will be impossible to live on the attic floor in winter. To avoid such problems, you should contact only specialists.
- The difficulty of creating natural light. There is a high probability that the attic will be twilight during the daytime. Therefore, specialists usually install skylights or provide a complex lighting system.
- Dead zone. It should be borne in mind that on the attic floor near the walls there will be a so-called dead zone, where it is impossible to straighten up to its full height. You can achieve harmony in the interior by installing furniture or decor items in such places.
- Psychological discomfort. Most psychologists claim that a long stay in rooms with sloping walls creates a feeling of anxiety. Therefore, such rooms can be suitable for permanent residence only if the person's mental health is in order.
It is worth noting that brick is a fairly expensive material and building a house will require high costs.
But the technical properties of bricks fully justify the high cost of construction.To make a house last for centuries, you need to purchase not only high-quality materials, but also monitor compliance with technologies during the laying of the foundation, roofing, wall construction, construction of the attic floor and all other construction processes.
The further handling of the premises also plays an equally important role. Brick houses need good heating in winter, as well as maintaining a certain level of humidity.
Stove heating is not entirely suitable for brick houses; it is best if the heating system is centralized.
When starting to design a house with a brick attic, you need to know important nuances. One of the main factors is the choice of the terrain where the building will be erected. Features of the relief affect the choice of the type of foundation for the future home.
If the soil is weak and moist, then it is better to make the foundation with a screw-pile. In addition, in this case, the construction of a tall building is not recommended. It is better to opt for a one-story house with an attic… Then the load on the soil will be small, and the structure will not "float" over time.
Attic houses can be completely different, depending on their purpose. When starting to create a project, it is important to determine in advance how this building will be used in the future.
This can be a summer cottage in which it is planned to live only in the warm season. House projects of this type usually have a small area and are not equipped with centralized communications.
For living all year round, houses require insulation, capital insulation, arrangement of all necessary systems… Of course, the implementation of such projects requires a lot of time, money and effort. It is advisable to contact specialists who will help you choose the best option for a particular area and calculate the parameters of the future home.
If you want to try your hand at building a country house, you can use ready-made projects. We offer several typical attic options that have been popular for many years.
Brick house with a terrace of 10x8 sq. m
It should be noted that this type of construction is very popular today. The advantages of such buildings include spaciousness, structural reliability, solidity, durability.
The first floor of the building can be "split" into a kitchen combined with a dining room, an entrance hall, a living room and a terrace. The attic floor can accommodate a terrace, two bedrooms and a hall. If desired, upstairs, instead of a bedroom, you can equip a workshop or study. Or move the bedroom upstairs and the workshop downstairs.
A qualified specialist can easily equip comfortable housing on an area of 80 m² based on the desires and capabilities of the owners.
On the ground floor, you can abandon partitions by making a free layout, and the presence of a terrace will add several meters of usable space.
Such houses always look original and have an unusual and interesting interior.
One-storey building with a French balcony 10x10 sq. m
The living area of this project is 90 m². The gable roof of the building has a slope of 45 degrees. Skylights are located on both sides of it, which provide even more natural light.
The real highlight of the project is the French balcony installed on the attic floor. Instead of windows, glazed doors can be installed.
The facade of the house is partially covered with pebble plaster, and the windows of the first floor are decorated with decorative wooden panels.
The parameters of the house are designed for a large number of rooms. On the ground floor, you can equip a kitchen, a dining room with a living room, a bathroom, an entrance hall, a heating boiler and a technical room. The attic floor perfectly accommodates three bedrooms, a bathroom, a toilet and a corridor.
Brick cottage 10x12 sq.m
Such houses are suitable for large families with children. Despite the fact that the total area is not much different from the parameters of the previous project, more comfortable conditions can be arranged here.
Such typical projects are often used for the construction of country houses, where the owners will live all year round. The ground floor will accommodate a kitchen, dining room, living room, hall, hallway, technical room.
The upper attic floor can be made a sleeping area with three or four bedrooms. Or you can turn one of the rooms into a recreation room, home theater or studio for creativity.
Facade decoration is an important part of construction. Even at the design stage, it is necessary to choose materials for wall treatment, insulation, plastering and cladding.
The brick facade has long become a classic of country houses. And the variety of colors and textures of this material opens up the opportunity to experiment, bringing to life extraordinary and extravagant ideas.
The shade of the brick can be different:
- traditional brown;
- the most popular yellow;
- red (clinker tiles);
- laconic gray.
Glazed brick is also worth mentioning.
Facades faced with bricks of different colors look especially interesting. But at the same time, it is important to choose shades that will harmonize well with each other.
It should be noted that a brick building practically does not need finishing… The facade is decorated with a special decorative brick, which is able to withstand bad weather conditions, temperature drops, frost.
Much attention is paid to the design of door slopes, window openings, basement.
If the building is made of sand-lime bricks, then the facade needs mandatory cladding.
This material absorbs moisture well, therefore, a layer of waterproof plaster is usually applied to it and painted with facade paints.
There are frequent cases of facing external walls with bricks and porcelain stoneware. Natural and artificial stone can be used, as well as various facing materials. With such a creative approach, you can get an original and unique appearance of the facade.
Recently, modern designers have grown fond of decorating fragments of brick walls from the outside with special wooden boards. The natural texture of wood softens the sharp corners and cubic strict forms of the brick. But choosing this method of decoration, you need to carefully consider the overall design of the house so that the wooden elements are a successful continuation of it.
The facade decoration of the building is a reflection of the taste of its owners. Therefore, nothing prevents you from coming up with your own method of decorating brick walls, trying different options and combinations.
A huge plus of bricks lies in the possibility of making completely different houses from the same material, differing in almost everything.
Red-brown brick with white seams is a win-win option for a private house. Laconic forms, austere architecture and arched windows will look good along with traditional dark tiles. One-story and two-story houses with attics look good in this style.
Attic houses with a balcony are a convenient and profitable option for increasing space.
The project of an attic house may differ from the classic options. In any case, the presence of such a floor adds originality to residential buildings.
The successful combination of cladding materials plays an important role in the exterior of the cottage. Contrasting colors of warm shades will be beneficial. Popular are yellow, light and dark brown, red and dark green.
The next video presents a project of an interesting brick house with an attic.