There is no shortage of brick homes in Silver Spring, MD and beyond. Many of the subdivisions inside and outside the beltway were built in the 1930s and 1940s and feature brick colonials and cape cods, some still with (original) slate roofs. We would have called these homes cookie-cutter - the same architectural style dominated an area, one house was a clone of the next, and streets were practically indistinguishable from another.
Today all of these homes are unique. Different owners have left their mark, infusing their style or the style of an era, adding on, improving, changing. Some of these changes are unfortunate, take the slate roofs for example. Their look is one of vintage elegance, but the cost too high for many new owners. Other changes include trim work, shutters, hardscaping, fencing, and painted brick.
A coat of paint transformed many of these homes and made them look different than the rest, adding originality and preserving character. Today we see various hues of green, yellow, and greys as well as whitewashed brick besides the original. None of these subdivisions and homes would be called cookie-cutter today! (there's hope for the Clonenonials of the 90s after all :)
Do you like the look of painted brick? Which color would you pick?
P.S. I love the look! I've always had a soft spot for whitewashed brick but have found myself admiring brick homes painted yellow (just like the one pictured on the far right) or grey lately as well. Tough choice!