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Old 10-06-2009, 06:34 AM   #1
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Bricking the outside of a Home - options?


I plan to build my own home in the near future, and I am looking for options on what I can use on the outside of the house. The original plans call for brick, and this is what I really want. However, to save money I may go with something different. I'm not sure of what all the options are.

What can be used in place of brick, and how would it rank in cost compared to brick?

Again, first choice is brick, but still not sure if I will go this route because of cost.

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Old 10-06-2009, 07:22 AM   #2
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you could use a brick veneer to save costs and keep the look you want.

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you could use a brick veneer to save costs and keep the look you want.
Where can I find some examples of this?
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Old 10-06-2009, 08:27 AM   #4
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As a rule, regular brick is going to be cheaper than an adhered veneer brick. Stucco is another option, as is rock.
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But a DIY'er can work with the veneer. Laying a true brick facade takes much more skill and knowledge to get the moisture control right and proper brick layout.
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Old 10-06-2009, 01:18 PM   #6
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Brickwork to me is the best material for houses, as it looks better as it matures, is quite low maintenance and can last for hundreds of years. However when done badly it can look a real mess and ruin the looks of the house. The best brickwork that I have seen in general was done by the Victorian bricklayers with lime mortar.
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Flashing for stucco is just as if not more important for stucco than it is for brick; both systems work in the same basic way. Adhered veneer (brick) is just the final coat of a cementious stucco wall system.
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Old 10-07-2009, 11:47 AM   #8
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What about pressed steel for the external walls. Cheap and easy maintenance. Look at this classic from the British Iron and Steel Federation. The asbestos roof completes the charming appearance. Could Frank LLoyd Wright have designed anything this good. Landscaping in this street is usually finished with a load of old engine parts in the front garden. This one is unfinished.

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