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Question DetailsAsked on 5/29/2015

how much does it cost to brick a house in nyc

its in brooklyn. approx 2100 sq ft home. only 3 sides need it. i got a quote of 140k incl some other work but most of it is the bricking. does that sound right?

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Depends tremendously on number of floors being done (more expensive if needs scaffolding), if structural or non-structural facade brick, general costs in your area, whether using new or recycled antique brick, etc. (Antique or recycled aged brick generally about $3-5/SF more than new).

For simple facade brick - laid on as basically a "glued on" facade layer, is much thinner than full bricks, typically around $10-15/SF. Artificial brick facades (made of sheets of molded plastic to look like brick or stone) typically around $5-10/SF.

For full-size brick facade - non-structural, just for appearance, typically $15-25/SF.

For structural brick (holds house up) typically $25-50/SF.

You would have to get several bids or an engineer's estimate from an engineer or architect to determine if $140,000 is "fair".

I would also consider if this house is worth this much to you - most other types of siding are cheaper (if allowed in your area for that house - i.e. like if in historic area that requires same-type reconstruction), and if it is not literally falling off, might be cheaper to buy a new house without issues than do a complete rebricking job.

One other thing - if replacing a brick facade, might be a good time to consider an insulation upgrade for the walls if they have little or poor insulation.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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