Our 1930s brick house is starting to look uneven......missing mortars, chipped off bricks and settling from top to bottom. This is a two story house. When we pulled out the old window in bathroom, there is wood framework for walls to hold plaster and the basement has poured concrete (not brick). Instead of repointing all the bricks, replaced worn, cracked or chipped bricks and the replacement bricks will be expensive (the face has grooves like you put a comb on a wet brick) would it be cheaper to tear off ALL the bricks from the house and put up siding? There is no insulation between the wood frame, studs and plaster and lathe walls. Would it be expensive? We can recycle the bricks to make walkways for garden. My father didnt think it can be done by tearing off the bricks and putting on plywood sheetings will do because the brick face of the house is held by something but I dont see wires attached to the wood frames. I really honestly dont know how the bricks were held up but know it was just for looks. At a later date, we would love to have a fireplace, not a huge one but enough to heat the main floor, not upstairs or basement. How would this be done? If you want pics I will be happy to submit them!