5 fascinating facts about brick walls.

Brick work started

The second little Pig would approve.

Don’t you find brick walls fascinating?  I’ve been staring at this brick wall for hours.

 Did you know?

  1. There are 391 bricks used for just one bedroom wall.
  2. That weighs more than 2 tonne!  Or about 3 adult cows!  Let’s say, accounting for a doorway and windows, 10 adult cows are responsible for holding up the slab of the second floor above the bedroom.  I reckon they can do it.  (Can you tell I’m a country girl?)
  3. Typically, the height of a brick plus one layer of mortar equates to 86 mm, and is known as “one course of bricks”.  Our bricks are 2 courses high.
  4. In Western Australia, we love to build double brick walls.  Two layers of bricks, with insulation in between.  It keeps the Big, Bad Wolf out.
  5. You can just about have any colour brick you like these days.  Our bricks are red (probably due to the iron ore content in local clay).  They are not very pretty.  They’ll be covered up on the outside by render and on the inside by plaster.

Here’s what’s been going on since the slab was poured 5 weeks ago:

Slab – looking neat and tidy:Slab

All dug up for drains for the sewerage and storm water:Digging drains.

Bricks and windows were delivered:

Down pipes

Flag poles? masts? – nope.  Downpipes.

The brickies got started:

I’m thrilled with the progress.  When I pop by Western Australia in January, I’ll be able to walk through the ground floor rooms.  I must go and put my measuring tape and a piece of chalk in my suitcase.



16 thoughts on “5 fascinating facts about brick walls.

  1. booksinthebush says:

    Oooo Johanne, bricks! How exciting to be seeing walls go up. Love the cows analogy. As someone who lives in and loves the country, I “get it” completely. Hm, I wonder how many cows are holding up our Hebel floor?
    So your tradies have their microwave… ours had a toasted sandwich maker, and because we are owner builders and love a cuppa, we have an electric kettle on standby and the tradies used it too. Sometimes when the weather was really foul last winter, the tradies from the build over the road would wander over to our place to enjoy a bit of shelter and a fresh cuppa instead of just the Thermos variety. A few good yarns were shared between our tradies and theirs on those bitter blustery days.
    I bet you can’t wait to walk around it all.

    • Tonnes are a bit too abstract for my brain. Cows are much easier! I like the homeliness of the microwave. I’ve seen it on Webb and Brown-Neaves’ building sites before, but I wonder how common it is around the building sites. It ruins Tradies’ takeaway meat pie and sauce reputation.

  2. May says:

    How exciting for you guys. We also took blow by blow photos when our house was being built – 15 years ago….yep, that long, can you believe it?? Just love where we live and you will too in the gorgeous house you guys are building…enjoy!!!

  3. That’s ridiculously exciting! I’m a country girl too….I wonder how many cows I’d have to sell to pay for the bricks? 😉
    It’s all becoming so real now.
    😀 xx

  4. trixee says:

    They put the downpipes in first? Now that I did not expect! Must be so exciting seeing this come to life, bet you can’t wait to get back!

    • Hi Jennifer, Both the interior and exterior walls are built with brick (double layer on the exterior), but you won’t see a single brick by the time the house is finished. Quite a different building method to your house.

  5. Your father is proud of you Johanne. You must have been paying attention back on the farm. A big black steer is 650kg. We are on our way home today to check on the the herd after a fantastic tour of South America.

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