In doing the prep work for the warehouse model, I have to figure out the overall dimensions of the actual building. So how do you measure a four story building that’s nearly half a city block long? You count bricks. At least, that’s how I do it. I only need a handful of key measurements like the sizes of the windows and loading doors, along with the spaces in between them. To figure that out, I simply count how many brick courses high each one is and the number of full bricks wide. Fortunately, all of the doors and windows are the same size, so I can just duplicate their number to get the overall building dimensions. If you can get good photos of your chosen building, it’s a straightforward task to determine the specs you’ll need.
To layout the model, I need to know the number of courses from the top of the concrete foundation to the bottom of the loading doors, how wide the space between the doors is and how many courses high the door openings are. In this case there are six full courses between the top of the foundation and the bottom of the loading doors. The doors are 48 courses high overall and 16.5 full bricks wide. From the corner of the building to the edge of the first door opening is six full bricks wide. Each pilaster between the doors is the same dimension, making it easy to layout the length of the building. From the bottom of the doors to the concrete strip above is 57 courses and the concrete strip itself is four courses high. From there to the window sill on the second floor is 21 courses and the window itself is 17 courses high. From the top of the second floor window to the sill of the third floor window, it’s 33 courses. I assume the same number from the third to fourth floor windows, judging by my photos. I’ll have to do more research to understand what happens above the fourth floor windows to the cornice. All of these numbers give me the spacing I need to accurately determine the door and window layout for the entire building flat. I plan to use brick sheets from Plastruct and JTT and all I have to do is count the required number of courses high and the number of bricks wide, then transfer those measurements to my substructure.

There is however, a slight difference in the size of the individual bricks between these two products and I will have to keep that in mind when doing the layout. Mind you, the difference is very slight but it will compound with each course of bricks; so I will have to experiment before going too deep into the construction. I’ve been stockpiling these sheets for months and may have enough of one brand to do the flat without having to mix and match. Luckily, the doors and windows break up the wall into discreet modules; so I won’t have to try matching or blending two different sizes of bricks. I tend to be compulsive about stuff like this. Getting the dimensions accurate is important to me, even though others would be happy if the overall proportions are simply close. It only takes a little extra effort to get it right from the beginning and, given the amount of work to come, why wouldn’t you make that effort? The temperature is going to be warm this weekend; so I can break out the portable table saw and start the substructure. Hopefully, I’ll have some progress to share soon. Regards, Mike