I have to vent (per code) an addition being built on a 50's home that originally had no venting. It has a brick facade and I am considering venting through the rim-joice as opposed to the foundation. My main reason is "ease" of task and aesthetics.
I can upgrade the rest of the homes crawl space specs and add vents through the rim-joice at a later date, much easier than busting through the existing foundation and patching areas. The house also sits barely six inches above landscaped grade and I hate to have to try and blend everything in to make room for the vents which will need near 8 inches minimum. I like the aesthetics of as little foundation showing as possible, especially with the brick facade.
Anyone have experience or insight on this dilemia? how about opinions on the aesthetics of using quality vents through the brick and rim-joice?
The grade of aesthetics is in the eye of the beholder. I wouldn't recommend trading aesthetics for functionality. If ease of the task is lighter, and you still have adequate ventilation, yea do it that way, but remember how important the vent is to the air flow in your crawl space. The house may look good for now, but will the house still be sound in the future?