The first thing MCA did was remove every second brick vertically, to create a “toothed” edge up the existing brickwork. This would allow the bricklayer to create a strong, seamless join into the new brickwork.
The edges of this remaining brickwork were tidied up. This meant removing all the old mortar around the surfaces that would match up to the new brickwork.
As we were using second hand bricks, the bricks were checked, cleaned and stacked next to the job.
As we were going to paint the exterior, we opted for a less expensive standard dark mortar. If we were not going to paint, we could have opted for a matching white mortar.
MCA proceeded to measure, cut and lay the bricks row by row, using a string line and level to keep everything straight and level.