If you are having an extension put on your house you’ll have plenty to think about before the day arrives when you can finally settle in and enjoy your new space.
One key aspect to consider involves the bricks you’ll use to build that extension. Making sure you have all the right information at your fingertips will help ensure you make the right choice.
Do you need to match up the bricks to existing brickwork?
If your existing property is built from brick you’ll need to match the bricks you use for your extension to the brickwork already in place. It may not be possible to do this exactly, since the bricks will already be weathered to an extent. However you won’t want a completely different shade either. An experienced builder should be able to recommend the type of bricks to get to match up the colour and style most closely.
Of course if your property is rendered this won’t be important. You can choose the most reasonable option price-wise and then have it rendered to match your house.
Popular styles of bricks
There are plenty of bricks you can choose from, which might make the process rather complex and involved. However it might help to know there are some basic things to think about.
Commons bricks are the cheapest ones you’ll find, but they’re not used for exterior walls since they don’t look that good. Instead you need to look for facing bricks since these look better and can happily be used on a wall that will be seen.
There are several types of facing brick too. Wire-cut bricks are exactly what they sound like – bricks made from clay that are cut with a wire to provide the brick-shape required. The automated process means they’re usually the cheapest you’ll find. Stock bricks are slightly less specific in size and are dried prior to the kiln firing process. Handmade bricks are also possible to find, but since the process is done by hand it pushes the price up.
Finally there are the famous London or ‘Fletton’ bricks. These are so-called since they are only made in the south-east of England where the clay has flecks of coal in it. If you want something with a little character this might be the best option.
How much do bricks cost?
As we now know, the price will depend on the type of brick you buy as well as the amount you need. They will typically be priced per brick although some outlets may price them per 1,000 bricks. If they are priced individually you will usually get a discount if you buy over a certain amount.
Typical prices can be gleaned by looking at a variety of outlets. For example one company provided packs of 1,000 bricks for anything between around £425 and £699. Another company gave individual prices from 65p each to 90p each.
Specialists who stock a wide range of bricks are likely to have far more choice, not to mention differing prices. At the cheapest end of the scale you can expect prices to go as low as £150 per 1,000, but this will be for the most basic bricks. If you opt for wire-cut you’ll probably pay up to £400 per 1,000. Hand-cut bricks will reach prices much higher than this, possibly adding another 50% onto the price.
As you can see bricks aren’t as simple as you might think. By understanding the prices and options you’ll be able to make the best choice for your extension and your budget in one fell swoop.