So far they've bricked most of the garage wall that's on the fence line, so most of the effort isn't visible. They've also done one side of the entrance. When we arrived on Friday evening the mortar was still wet so it's hard to get a feel for the look of the bricks whilst there is little contrast between the brick and mortar colours.
Despite this, the bricks look a little too light in colour and lacking in much of the chocolate and blue variation we've seen on displays and in other builds. Perhaps it's because every sample we've seen is with off-white mortar, whereas we've chosen natural (light grey), and also because the bricks haven't been cleaned yet, so are sporting a light covering of mortar cement. The only real way to tell at this stage, is to take the sample brick we have from Austral and compare it to unlaid bricks onsite. At least check the brown is the right depth of brown...
Here's some pics to illustrate what I mean. Another flaw with comparing the pictures however, is that all the sample shots are taken on an iPhone, whereas the shots of our house are taken with a digital SLR.
Brickwork progress so far:
Brown looks very medium in colour and no streaks of bluey chocolate running through any of the bricks:
'Hawksburn' brick sample from Austral's website:
'Auburn' brick sample from Austral's website:
(to me our bricks look more like this in tone...)
Hawksburn display in Austral's Richmond display centre:
Austral Hawksburn at a sample address in SE Suburbs:
We plan to visit the site this afternoon with our sample brick. The mortar should be dry now and I'll take a few iPhone pics for a better photo comparison. This will hopefully lay my fears to rest!