Photo Gallery: Brick Design

Aspects of brick design vary, such as whether the bricks are solid, cored or indented. View photos of the three most common brick designs.
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Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Solid Brick

Solid bricks are solid throughout the structure, with flat surfaces on all sides. Both fire bricks and concrete bricks are commonly solid in structure.

Cored Brick

These bricks have holes that extend from their upper to their lower faces, and so are not suitable for capping on top of a wall. They are laid in exactly the same way as other bricks.

Faced/indented Brick

Indented bricks have a wedge-shaped indentation (called a "frog") in the upper face (and some also have this in the bottom face). These bricks can be laid frog up or frog down. Laying them frog up is stronger but requires more mortar.

Specialty Brick

Less angular bricks are available for certain tasks such as capping a garden wall, creating a curved wall, turning a corner (as shown) or creating specific sill designs. Most manufacturers and suppliers have catalogs to display their full range of specialty bricks.