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Learn How to Rebrick a House for Less

May 23, 2008
Rebricking a House can be a major renovation project. There are only a few reasons why there is any need to rebrick the whole house instead of doing a simple repair. If the brick quality overall is in bad shape or it started to affect the general structure of the home then rebricking is probably the only option. Costs to rebrick a home are going to include the labor and brick.

The costs of rebricking a home are variable. The cost will be determined by the type of brick used, the amount of extra labor besides just laying the brick, the size of the house and the amount of digging around the foundation that needs to be done. Rebricking may also involve damage to some areas of the home that will also need to be repaired. These are inevitable and unavoidable and a natural part of the rebricking process. Usually when the home is built the bricks will be laid first before any trim or exterior dcor is applied. When rebricking a home these additions must be removed and then put back on. Other things like arched areas are going to cost extra as well because they require specialize work that is generally not included in the basic brick laying cost. Also, as mentioned, digging around the foundation is necessary to lay the lower bricks on the home. This can be a tedious and expensive process.

The homeowner may be allowed to pitch in and help reduce the cost. In general the actual masonry work is best left up the professionals, but the crew will generally allow the homeowner to help in other ways. This may include prep work, clean up and general labor. The homeowner may be able to tear off trim as well. Much of this work can be done when the masonry crew is not working and that can help to speed up the process as well. By doing this extra work a homeowner can usually save a little money on the overall costs and time.

Rebricking a house is a big project. Any way to save money this expensive project can be a good thing. A homeowner should first understand what makes up the costs and then try to find ways they can reduce the cost through doing some work on their own. A little physical labor can really help in the end with bringing down the cost.
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Focusing on latest developments in blackhawk tools, Jack Blacksmith works almost entirely for http://www.insidewoodworking.com . One can discover his contributions on blackhawk drill press and blackhawk hand tools here.
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