Masonry Cost Guide: Building Blocks of Budgeting

Masonry cost

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Clay Brick and Tile Walls

Installed cost pricing for clay brick veneers, ranging from modular brick, to utility-size brick, glazed brick, and structurally glazed tile units.  For the more popular wall estimates – a range of productivity is included.

Concrete Masonry Units (CMU)

Installed cost pricing for concrete block units.  In addition to the basic smooth face mediumweight units, we also have cost estimates for lightweight block and architectural block units such as split face, ground face and glazed cmu.

Stone – Cast Stone- Calcium Silicate

Installed cost pricing for real stone veneers like limestone.  Also included are cast stone units such as prairie stone or shouldice – and calcium silicate units such as Renaissance stone from arriscraft.

Structural Brick Units

Installed cost of reinforced and grouted structural clay brick units.

Decorative Band Courses

Installed cost of decorative band courses in veneers – split face banding – limestone banding- stone banding, etc.

Adhered stone and brick veneers

The installed cost of adhered veneers – thin brick and thin stone applications

Harvard Brik / Heritage Brik

The installed cost of this innovative new concrete product  that combines the economy and structural capabilities of concrete masonry units with the appearance of brick

Composite Walls

Installed cost estimates for composite walls using a variety of masonry materials – Composite walls are walls made up of more than one layer or wythe of masonry bonded together using grout or mortar with no airspace.

Cavity Walls

Installed cost estimates for masonry cavity walls with several combinations of veneer and backup types – also includes several insulation strategies with listed R-values.   Cavity walls are multi-wythe walls separated by an airspace


Union Mason Contractors in 32 counties of North and Central Illinois and Northwest Indiana were surveyed to obtain the cost information that follows.  More than 69  commonly used masonry wall types, plus masonry paving applications, are shown. 

There is literally an infinite possibility of combinations of materials for most wall thicknesses.  Cost figures as shown on the following pages are based on:

  1. Labor and materials costs as of  June. 1, 2006 – May 31, 2007
  2. Composite walls are wire tied.
  3. All masonry units laid in running bond.
  4. Wall sections estimated are 10′ by 10′ without openings, piers,   off-sets or corners.  (walls with numerous
  5. openings, piers and  off-sets will increase square foot costs)
  6. All flashing, weep holes, movement joints, wall ties, cleaning and striking are all included

The cost figures shown in this booklet should be used for informational and educational purposes only, not for estimating masonry work.  These figures are not to be viewed as actual prices for masonry construction in the Midwest area. 

Specific masonry wall costs are determined by a mason contractor and must, of course, be based upon actual plans, specifications, site conditions and the season of construction.