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Question DetailsAsked on 1/26/2016

How much per thousand to lay bricks?

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Take your pick - for plain straight-lay you can get contractors (especially for subdivision-size jobs) that will do it for about $350-400/thousand (/K) - though in most cases the quality reflects that price. More common single residence jobs likely more in the $500-1000/K range including minor specialty items like corner interlocks, double-lay or end-lay around doors and windows, etc. Reinforced, interlocking designs or seismic-rated brick walls $1,000-1,500/K in probably most cases. Get into high-end quality work, tall columns (the toughest to make look right), and arches and such you are in the $1,200-1,500/K range for sure and more for very high quality workmanship, with large arches (larger than a normal window or doorway) and decorative or convoluted shapes, spiraled arches, mixed-color brick patterning, designs requiring a lot of cutting or angled cuts, etc can run up into the $3-5/SF range or even more - I have seen specialty commercial decorative brick jobs running $10,000/K. That is for normal sized commercial bricks - large bricks can run 10-30% more per thousand, though your per SF cost can commonly go down with larger bricks because they cover a lot more area. Recycled bricks bought for their "character" can also increase your cost by up to 100% - more if the bricks are of "historic significance", like original bricks from Fenway Park or pre-quake Frisco houses or famous buildings.

AFTER you screen for experienced masons (including hopefully visiting a couple of houses they have done recently), then compare bids - and you may need 10 or so to get 3-4 in the competitve range, because masonry bids tend to have a wide price scatter. And bear in mind, cutting costs on your mason can really impact the appearance and stability of the finished product - I have seen low-budget brick walls literally fall over and brick chimneys and columns shed their brick facings shortly after completion or in the first year of winter weather because of poor workmanship due to inexperienced masons or shortcuts.

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