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By Matt in Effingham, IL on 6/22/2006


We are building a home and are weighing the cost of just bricking the front and using siding for the remainder, or bricking the entire house.  Does anyone know of a cost estimator rule of thumb, worksheet, or online calculator for comparing brick versus siding?

Also, maybe some suggestions on brick versus siding would be appreciated.  In particular we have a couple of issues involved in making our decision.

1) We are building in a fully wooded lot  I have some concerns with mildew and mold as our trees will likely keep the house shaded (at least more so that if building in the open) and prevent wind movement.

2) We have two features on the house that if we used siding could be cantilevered and not put into the foundation, in turn resulting in some savings.  Otherwise with brick, these features will need to be built into the foundation.

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By Melissa in Richmond, KY on 6/22/2006


Matt,

We have some friends who built in a wooded lot and used siding on the back of their house and brick on the front and sides.  It's a decision they've lived to regret.  The siding doesn't get much sunlight and takes a lot of maintenance to keep it clean and requires them to scrub it every few months and sometimes to spray it down with bleach or tilex to remove the mold on it. The kicker of it all is that it only saved them $10,000. That sounds like a nice sum to save but not a great bargain when you consider aesthetics and the future work to keep it up. Plus it's going to need to be replaced in a few years whereas brick lasts forever. The biggest part of your decision depends on whether or not you plan to live in the house for a long time or are planning to sell.  The upfront cost of full brick pays out in the long run but may not pay off if you plan to sell in the next year or two. 

As far as cost estimators, I think it would be best to speak to a brick and a siding sub and have them price out some options. Then you can compare numbers.  We got some off the cuff estimates over the phone just by providing some dimensions and square footage and it helped us to determine ballpark prices.  On line estimators can give you an idea of material costs but aren't very reliable when it comes to labor. Get estimates from subs in your area for a more accurate comparison.  


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By Matt in Effingham, IL on 6/22/2006


Melissa,

Thanks for the thoughts.  I am certainly leaning towards brick for the reasons you described.  My wife and I are going into this with the thought it could possibly be our last house (and we're only in our early 30's), so brick seems to make a lot of sense.

I'll just have to get some cost estimates and see if the dollars work out.

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By Aaron in Spanaway, WA on 6/23/2006


Check out novabrik.com.  The bid I got was < $5/ sq ft for the brick itself and it appears to be do-it-yourself friendly, no special masonry skills needed.
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