In my last update on the house construction, I talked about the brick that we’d be using as the siding. I had explained that we had originally planned on using brick but it turned out that the type of brick we wanted wasn’t available so we had decided to go in a different direction. Because of this, we didn’t pour our foundation with a brick ledge to accommodate the brick. But in the eleventh hour, we were able to get the brick we wanted but now didn’t have a deep enough foundation for the brick. Until that point, I didn’t know that there was a solution for this and that a house can be retrofitted with angle iron to make it possible to add brick. This was really happy news and not only for us. I realized brick could be possible for others who want to remodel their homes and change out their siding for brick!

Angle iron can be custom made in pretty much any dimensions you need. Our mason chose to go with really long lengths and cut them to exact dimensions on site. To add an extra protective barrier to the angle iron, we decided to have it powder coated and in white since we’re using white brick.

For installation, the angle iron is drilled into the foundation wall.

And then, the brick can start being laid, resting right on the angle iron.

They started laying the brick on the back and sides of the house, which is now almost completed, (I’ll be sharing more pictures and details on that soon!) and then they’ll be moving to the front for the grand finale.

Note: This house update is part of a long series of posts on the progress of our new home we’re building in Spokane. You can find the first post about the brick here. The first post on the overall project here, the second post here, the third post here, the fourth post here, the fifth post here, the sixth post here, the seventh post here, and my guest posts on selecting door hardware here on The Hardware Hut blog and narrowing down the choices for our cabinet hardware with The Hardware Hut here.

I’ll be sharing more about the brick as we go along. If you have specific questions regarding our build, please leave them in the comments below so when I respond and post, I’m able to answer and share with anyone else who is following along and may want the same information. Thanks!


In 2002, I was dreaming of creating a fun and happy little event to sell my vintage and handmade goods. In 2002, I held my first event in my neighbor's barn along with a handful of friends. The sale became wildly popular and began attracting visitors from across the country and recognition in national magazines. Today The Farm Chicks Vintage & Handmade Fair fills the Spokane County Fairgrounds and features hundreds of creatively and carefully curated spaces packed with vintage and handmade goods. Many describe it as a bucket list event, magical, inspirational, and the best event of its kind in the USA. I describe it as the best weekend of the year!