The disadvantages of building a double brick construction home

Most builders use a full masonry construction in their new build homes, but there are some distinct disadvantages of this type of construction, when compared to a timber framed home.

Let’s take a look at four of these problematical issues and learn how a timber frame construction can actually be an advantage to home owners, when compared to a double brick construction.


The single most alarming complaint from new home owners is the length of time it takes to completion. A double brick home can take up to 30 weeks to finish, leaving home owners with months of rent to pay or extra interest on their loans. On the other hand, a timber frame construction takes just 14 weeks to completion for a single story home and 16 weeks for a double story.


Double brick homes require massive foundations to take all of that weight, which requires a lot of concrete and reinforcing steel. On top of these costs, you also have to pay for the extra site administration and supervision, as well as the scaffolding, site amenities and utilities for 7 months instead of 14 weeks.


A full masonry construction requires materials with significantly more embodied energy than a timber frame home, meaning that more energy is used in the production and transport of these materials. Brick homes also have a higher thermal conductivity than timber and require more energy to keep them cool in summer and warm in winter.


A full double brick wall is 60% wider than an equivalent timber framed wall, which means that you have less usable living space with a full masonry build than with a timber frame. With the size of lots being continually reduced in Australia, this means that you either build up to the boundary or have a smaller building footprint. Regardless of your choice, a double brick construction leaves you with smaller living spaces than a timber frame home. For more information on timber frame homes, call us on 1300 90 40 40 or complete our online enquiry form.

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