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but what about the bricks?

By peripat 5 December 2009 31

Am thinking of moving to Canberra, and sure the sunsets and fresh air are great, but where can one live there that isnt a dreary suburban house made of sickly coloured bricks?

Is there any wood? mudbrick? any creativity?

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carriew 5:53 am 14 Nov 15

My business Ritchies Recycled Bricks and Pavers predominantly recycles Canberra Red Bricks – these are lovely bricks. We have been cleaning and reselling these wonderful bricks for nearly 15 years and there is no limit to what you can do with them. Extensions to your existing Canberra Red Brick house, paving and driveways – my driveway has had my son in laws Prime Mover parked on them several times and there are no cracks – pizza ovens, feature walls, letter boxes etc etc

zllauh 2:32 pm 11 Mar 15

Hey Peripat,

As deye suggested the best bid would be to built your own, which certainly takes a bit of planning and of course saving up a bit of money.

Would certainly recommend a mud brick which will be good for insulation as well .

Give them a quick call http://www.mogomudbricks.com.au/

My 2 cents.

Ceej1973 8:32 am 09 Dec 09

Peripat. I tried responding to your enquiry ealier, but for some strange reason it didnt get through. Anyway, I cant be bothered retyping my original post, where I invited you to write to moderator for address of house I know that is made of timber, so I will cut to chase and say that there is nice cedar newish house in Hughes Street Ngunnawal. Try and approach them. Not bothered with keeping address off public domaine on this post attempt.

Thoroughly Smashed 4:31 pm 08 Dec 09

I suspect the dearth of wood houses has a lot to do with the market, i.e. people don’t want wood houses. It wouldn’t surprise me if all-wood houses are much more expensive than brick veneer too. That and bricks don’t burn (in Nitrogen and Oxygen anyway).

Gungahlin Al 3:28 pm 08 Dec 09

Sustainable House Day always has some good homes on show (even if I say so myself).

There are some nice homes around, but brick veneereal dominates unfortunately. Particularly where large numbers of Defence homes have been rolled out with the only factors considered being cost and speed.

Grail 10:27 am 08 Dec 09

If it’s fibro in Canberra, it’s probably an asbestos risk.

There is plenty of scope to knockdown-rebuild though. When you rebuild you can use any approved building material you care to choose.

wishuwell 9:37 am 08 Dec 09

There is a few doors down from me a house that uses straw bales for walls. It looks ok. (no jokes about little pigs please)

Mordd 11:54 pm 07 Dec 09

Build a house out of bricks made from hemp, stronger thann “normal” bricks, enviromentally friendly, and cheaper too, if only we had a legal and viable hemp industry in this country (getting there, fed government has trials underway at least).

deye 1:50 pm 07 Dec 09

spinact said :

trix said :

what’s with building houses without eaves in Australia

I’ve been wondering about that as well. Rendered blue board houses with no eaves yet they get a 5 star energy rating. Somethings not right there.

There’s something not right with a lot of energy efficiency ratings.

spinact 11:32 am 07 Dec 09

trix said :

what’s with building houses without eaves in Australia

I’ve been wondering about that as well. Rendered blue board houses with no eaves yet they get a 5 star energy rating. Somethings not right there.

Thumper 8:21 pm 06 Dec 09

render is your friend.

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