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By Mike Houlihan Marketing Director Brick Distributors of illin

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Does Brick Size Matter?

Architectural romantics might suppose that  the size of brick selected doesn't matter, but I  don't believe it when it comes to the cost of  construction.  Your masonry costs are not determined just  by "brick", but by the size, shape and style of the  brick you choose for your building or renovation and the labor  involved in laying brick. chart.tiff

Think in terms of Cost Per Square Foot

This is an example of why you should not  use the method of price per thousand brick as a determining  factor in the selection of your brick. Consider the use of  price per square foot and not the price per thousand.  For  a $10 difference in the cost per thousand of a utility size  brick the corresponding cost increase per square foot is  approximately 3 per square foot. For a $10 difference in  the cost per thousand for a standard size brick the price  increase per square foot would be about 7 per square  foot. The purpose of this example is to show the architect, and  the owner of the structure, to think in terms of cost per  square foot, a more familiar unit to work with than cost per  thousand brick.

Forget the Carpet, Upgrade your Brick!

An owner or architect is willing to spend  many dollars per square foot for interior carpeting and floor  furnishings which may only serve the client 10 years. But when  it comes to the decision of what exterior facade that the owner  will be living with for the life of the structure, the same  care used in the selection of interior carpet and paint colors  should extend to the brick selection process with appropriate  costs properly analyzed.

INSTALLED COSTS OF BRICK AND OTHER MASONRY WALLS!

MASONRY COST GUIDE 2007-2008

masonry wall cost guide - cost of brick - cost of block - cost of stone

Installed Costs of 60+ wall systems

 

Example

Your Builder only allows you a brick  allowance of $385/1000 for the brick on your house.  The  brick your love costs $50 more per 1000 brick or $435/1000.   That translates to an increased cost per square foot of  brick by $0.35 / ft2   given the brick is the same size,  the labor costs remain equal.

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Beyond cost per thousand

The practice of using only dollar value  allowances for brick in construction contracts is not  recommended. If, however the allowance procedure is used, the  amount should be determined based upon current prices in the  contract area for similar products. The allowance should also  clearly state dimensions and grade or specification of the unit  to be provided. The allowance should apply only to the size  unit selected and not involve shaped or other special ordered  sizes.

What about the labor cost?

In brick masonry work, labor constitutes  approximately 60% of the total price. If you can reduce the  labor requirements per square foot, you decrease the masonry  contract price.  If  architecturally acceptable, and if  the brick coursing, the window and door openings, and any other  architectural details are sized properly, it may behoove the owner and  the architect to select a larger size brick for that Particular  project.  
 

UNITS PER SQ. FOOT  OF WALL (Including 3/8” joints)
SIZE (BDxHxL)
BRICK UNIT
Standard	3 5/8” x 2 1/4” x 8	6.55 Modular	3 5/8” x 2 1/4” x 7 5
Beyond cost per thousand  The practice of using only dollar val
Assume you are building a large masonry structure and have obta

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