In Perth, it is assumed that double brick construction is the best construction method due to its popularity, however this isn’t necessarily the case. The best construction method for your new home depends on a number of factors including your block of land and the location of your home. That’s why we’ve laid out the practical implications of both double-brick structures and timber-framed structures to help you decide.
Double brick construction
Double brick refers to two bricks walls separated by a cavity that reduces thermal transmission and prevents moisture being transferred directly from the outside walls to the homes interior.
- Extremely durable requiring very little maintenance
- Acts as a good insulator keeping your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter
- Blocks noise
- Reduced risk or termites or decay
- Easy to place heavy fixings such as TV’s on internal walls
Framed construction uses steel or timber frames to support the house and a brick or façade is used for the exterior appearance. While the type of brick used can be the same as double-brick, the bricks do not support the structure of the house itself.
- Generally more cost effective
- Ability to create flexible design solutions to the challenges of sloped blocks and reactive soils. Simpler and faster to install as less retaining and engineering are required.
- Additional area inside your home not being taken up by the space between the internal and external walls