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Build Your Own Brick House by Gerald Cole

By Gerald Cole

Construct your individual Brick residence follows the method of a self-build, utilizing conventional brick and block innovations, allowing the self-builder to appreciate either the person phases and the character of the construct as an entire. It takes a realistic technique, targeting the simplest use of time, skills and price range, and on speaking extra essentially and successfully with designers and tradespeople to be able to make the construct as Read more...

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Follows the method of a self-build, utilizing conventional brick and block concepts, permitting the self-builder to appreciate either the person levels and the character of the construct as an entire. This Read more...

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The method achieves high levels of insulation and air-tightness and, since the initial assembly of the forms is semi-skilled, it has a particular appeal for self-builders. ICF is also used for basement construction. Contact the Insulating Concrete Formwork Association for more details (see Contacts). Prices of plots in remote, and often highly attractive, areas of the British Isles, like these examples from SelfBuild & Design’s Plotbrowser pages, can be remarkable bargains, but taking advantage of them will usually involve a significant change of lifestyle.

However, solid masonry does have its advantages. For example, its density gives it a high thermal mass, which means that it can act as a kind of heat ‘battery’, storing warmth for long periods. It also means that the heat of summer takes much longer to penetrate thick masonry walls, keeping the interior cool. As a result, over the year, internal temperatures tend to be relatively even. This saves heating bills in winter and air-conditioning bills in summer. But this only works if the masonry is suitably insulated, and the most effective way to do that is on the outside.

Individuality has not been a hallmark of the average ‘executive’ estate. Stereotypically, buyer choice has been limited to a small variety of bathroom suite colour schemes. More importantly, most buyers have not been satisfied. In 2009 a survey by the now defunct Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) found that 80 per cent of all new housing was regarded by its owners as mediocre or poor. The most common complaint was lack of space. With an average size of 76 square metres, new British homes are the smallest in Europe.

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