Re: East Dulwich Hotel
Posted by Lemming
May 06, 11:27AM
As mentioned above, the white stuff is efflorescence, salt coming out of the bricks. There are various causes, some down to construction, some unavoidable. Usually it just goes away.
Also worth mentioning that newly laid bricks (whether actual new bricks or reclaimed) can look a whole lot different some time down the line after construction, especially if they're retaining a lot of moisture when laid. A load of reclaimed bricks we used looked like the 1980s game 'breakout' after they were laid. Nearly had a heart attack. They dried out eventually and look great now. So wait and see.
The windows all look lined up to me, apart from the 'unit' on the right where the windows are a couple of courses higher than the other three, this difference also visible along the parapet wall. Looks a little incongruous from the outside, but can't imagine why anyone would do this 'by mistake' (it's more work than making straight lines) so there must be a valid design reason for it somewhere which isn't obvious from the outside.
I don't mind Velfac (I think?) windows myself but I'm not sure if they're the best choice for this design.
On the upside, the mansard roof / loft area on this project looks a whole lot better than nearly all the loft conversions around here, so if you've got one of those and want to criticise this as an eyesore...