Easiest way to build brick columns?
I'm building my own house, and the brick columns on the porch will be my first try at masonry. No pressure- just the entrance to my new home!
My question is simply one of procedure- would it be easier/faster/better to make hollow brick columns, and then fill the inside with concrete, or form up concrete columns, and then apply the brick to the outside? The columns will be roughly 44" high, and 3 bricks wide, or just under 24". The resulting inside void will be about 16" square. The porch roof is actually supported by welded steel posts; the brick, and tapered wood upper portion are strictly for show.
I know the basics of brick laying- I just don't know which way is easier, especially for a newbie. Thanks!