Over the many years, Black Bird Construction has built various residential and commercial based properties throughout the Western Cape. We have, since the company’s establishment, developed a reputation for building exquisite homes. A part of this process lies in the construction phase using block and brick.
These are fundamental materials used during the construction phase and ultimately make up the final product.
There are many ways to build, this is ultimately based on the type of materials used. Black Bird Construction’s team has utilised clay and cement brick for many projects as well as specialised rock and masonry products to build our client’s desired property.
After the trenches have been cast, the foundation brickwork is built out and the brickwork for the walls may commence. Traditional standard brickwork for South Africa is double skin clay bricks for exterior walls. Double skin walls allow for any moisture to be eliminated in the gap between the twin skins of brickwork. Clay or ROKs (run of the kiln) bricks are laid in the traditional way, using butterfly ties and brick force to reinforce and stabilise the strength of the brick work. The interior concrete foundation is poured shortly after the brickwork has begun and is levelled out.
Exterior brickwork will proceed to the height of the window sill and the position of the windows and doors will be provided for by leaving the correct size openings. Precast concrete lintels will be placed over all windows and doorways. Brickwork will continue to the wall plate height, which would be the height of the interior ceilings if a single storey, or the level of the upper floor slab if the house is a double storey.
Interior walls of different thicknesses are set out by the builder by measurement and the demarcation of the doorways per the plan – load bearing walls being thicker than those walls which simply divide the rooms.
A cheaper option to the traditional clay brick might be to use cement bricks which are available in different sizes – the maxi being twice the size of a standard brick, thus using less labour. Clay and cement bricks are both plastered in the same way. ROK’s are baked clay bricks and, as they are fireproof, are suitable for use in building a braai. Another option (for internal walling only) would be partitioning.
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