Cost to Build a Garden Brick Wall
Building a wall tips and quotes
Bricklaying is a bit more complicated than most think, yes a small decorative garden wall could well be within the scope of a decent DIY enthusiast, but jobs involving retaining walls or any other supporting structure are much more complex and best left to professionals. Bricklaying requires more than a bit of practice in order to get the knack of it, if you have never laid bricks before, then you should build a small sample wall first as practice. Once you get the hang of it, you can demolish the wall and clean and reuse the bricks.
Average Bricklayer Costs
Things to think about when having a wall built
If the wall is straight and not too high, then it’s quite a simple job for a DIY enthusiast with some bricklaying experience. But if the wall is curved or more than one metre high, then this is more difficult and a higher skill level is required. Supporting or retaining walls will need the involvement of a structural engineer or architect in the design to ensure the wall is safe, this will obviously add to the cost of the job. Other factors which will increase the cost include ease of access. If building a wall in the rear garden and all the bricks and other material have to be carried through the house, this could add many hours to the job. The cost of the bricks will also make a big difference to the total building costs, so choose the bricks carefully. Facing bricks are cheap as they only have one finished side, perfect for walls with a cavity as the rough side can face inwards, but not so good for single skinned walls in the garden. Wire-cut bricks are mass produced and the cheapest brick with an acceptable face on both sides.
Commons are rough and unattractive on all sides, really cheap but usually only used on walls that are not meant to be seen. Engineering bricks are one of the toughest bricks on the market and are often used in foundations as they are frost proof. They are also used to build retaining walls but are one of the most expensive bricks available. The most expensive bricks of all are reclaimed and non-standard bricks. Non-standard bricks are much more expensive than the mass-produced variety and reclaimed bricks have to be manually checked and handled so also will cost considerably more!
Party walls are a major headache when it comes to building or repairing walls which form the boundary of two or more properties. The Party Walls Act lays down the procedural compliance and requirements arising from any owner of land or buildings proposing to undertake building works that will affect the land or buildings of an adjoining owner. A garden wall which forms the boundary between you and your neighbour will likely come under this act. You should of course always consult a solicitor, but in most cases, as long as you notify your neighbour and you both agree on the work, everything should be fine. However, if there is disagreement, be prepared for a legal nightmare!
Doing it Yourself
Bricklaying is considered one of the easier construction skills with many DIY enthusiasts keen to give it a go. But this isn’t a job to be taken lightly, especially if a structural or retaining wall which will have serious safety considerations. The easiest route to getting great results is always to hire a good brickie! Using an experienced brickie can even be cost-effective, as it’s likely to speed up the build and minimise expensive mistakes. But if you are keen to tackle a bricklaying project yourself, it makes sense to practice first to get to grips with the process. A small ornamental garden wall is a good place to start as it is possibly the simplest bricklaying project.
If you make this your first bricklaying project you can learn all the basic skills required for much more complex projects as the principles remain the same regardless of scale. For example, calculating the number of bricks required, setting out the footprint, maintaining everything level and square, mixing the mortar, bedding the bricks and finishing joints are all skills which will be required to build a garden wall and can be applied to any bricklaying project. This DIY project will involve figuring out the number of bricks required, preparing any necessary foundations, mixing the cement, laying a mortar bed, then building up the bricks to create the wall laying each consecutive course of bricks in the opposite direction.
Hiring a Bricklayer Checklist
- Don't build a wall higher than one metre without involving a structural engineer
- Make sure any paving slopes away from the wall
- When getting quotes always ask for a price for the finished wall rather than a daily rate
- Choose builders that are members of trade associations such as the Federation of Master Builders
Hiring a Tradesman Checklist
- Always get at least 2 quotes before hiring.
- Never pay the full amount upfront.
- Get the quote in writing.
- For any payment you make, always get a receipt.
- On more expensive jobs, ask for references.
- Check if the tradesman is a member of any trades associations.
- Make sure the tradesman has public liability insurance.
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