For over three decades Ford Homes has been specialising in custom-built homes. For the first time Steve and Erica Ford entered their own home for an award and struck gold when it was named Best Custom Home over $1 million in the HIA Hunter region awards for 2007 and Custom Home of the year.

It was also the first time they had used Colourbrick, Austral Bricks revolutionary wall colouring system. The Colourbrick system from Austral Bricks utilises a special brick that is laid with colour matched mortar joints.

The entire wall, bricks and mortar is then coloured with a unique penetrating emulsion that is absorbed into the pore structure of the brickwork.

“I like to look at the actual brickwork, to see it through the finish,” Steve says. “If you render or bag the brickwork, you lose a bit of that.”

“We both like brick and you can still see the brick behind this, and the 25 year guarantee really impressed us,” Erica agreed.

Steve Ford is pleased with the result. “In fact I’ve just recommended Colourbrick for a house we are building on Lake Macquarie for a client.” The Ford’s house was completed in late 2006.

Austral Bricks have display centres at Horsley Park, Bowral, Albion Park, Punchbowl, Fyshwick ACT, Newcastle and Tuggerah.