How Many Bricks Do I Need To Build A 2 Bedroom House?

Estimating required number of bricks I need for a 2 bedroom house, this formula help you and better guide to calculate number of bricks in a wall, room, bedroom and house. We are decided to go for a singular brick wall made of single brick layer. Single brick layer, generally it has thickness about 100mm or 4 inches″ also known as 4″ brick masonry wall.

What is mortar in a wall?

A mixture of specific quantity of cement, specific quantity of sand and a specific quantity of water to for a plaster for holding bricks or blocks together in specific order. It is mostly a 25% of the total area of a wall. It dries up after a certain period of time holding the bricks in one position for a long time.

Bricks as a construction material for a 2 bedroom house.

Firstly, bricks of different countries appear to be different in what kind of materials they are made of and dimensions. The standard modular size of common building brick is 190 x 90 x 90 mm. The clay made bricks are preferably the best bricks to use due to the long lasting capacity materials used.

Dimension of a standard brick is 190mm x 90mm x 90mm.

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In this example, I decided to give you a 190mm length, 190mm width and 90mm height. We increase all dimensions on the brick by 10mm each to add the mortar holding the brick around. It becomes 200mm *100mm * 100mm with mortar.

In Metric System to calculate bricks to build a 2 bedroom house.

Bedroom (8*8) (8ft length, 10ft height and 0.33 ft thickness.)

Total brick work = length, height and thickness

Total brick work = 8 x 10x 0.33 = 26.4 cft

Deduct the mortar.

Volume of mortar= (25%/100)*total brick work.

Volume of mortar=6.6

Net brick =total brick work – volume of mortar = 26.4 -6.6=19.8cft

No of bricks = net brick/brick volume=19.8/0.62*0.29*0.29=381 *4 walls

1524 bricks on one bedroom

Living room and dining (12*12) (12ft length, 10ft height and 0.75ft thickness.)

Total brick work = length, height and thickness

Total brick work = 12 x 10 x 0.33 = 39.6 cft

Deduct the mortar.

Volume of mortar= (25%/100)*total brick work.

Volume of mortar=9.9

Net brick =total brick work – volume of mortar = 39.6 – 9.9=29.7 cft

No of bricks = net brick/brick volume=29.7 /0.62*0.29*0.29=571 *4 walls

2284 bricks on living room and dinning

Kitchen(8*8) (8ft length, 10ft height and 0.33 Ft. thickness)

Total brick work = length, height and thickness

Total brick work = 8 x 10 x 0.33 = 26.4 cft

Deduct the mortar.

Volume of mortar= (25%/100)*total brick work.

Volume of mortar=6.6

Net brick =total brick work – volume of mortar = 26.4 - 6.6=19.8cft

No of bricks = net brick/brick volume=19.8 cft/0.62*0.29*0.29=381 *4 walls

1524 bricks on kitchen

Finally bathroom(7*7) (7ft length, 10ft height and 0.33 Ft. thickness..)

Total brick work = length, height and thickness

Total brick work = 7 x 10 x 0.33 = 23.1 cft

Deduct the mortar.

Volume of mortar= (25%/100)*total brick work.

Volume of mortar=5.775

Net brick =total brick work – volume of mortar = 23.1 - 5.775=17.32 cft

No of bricks = net brick/brick volume=17.32 /0.62*0.29*0.29=333 *4 walls

1332 bricks on bathroom

Let’s now total the bricks up from different rooms.

A bedroom 1524 * 2bedrooms= 3048

Living room= 2284

Kitchen =2668

Bathroom=1332

Total number of bricks is 9332

You are supposed to add 7-10% wastage of bricks but remember that you have walls that are already built next to another room meaning we have an extra over calculated percentage of 4% of bricks which can cover for the wastage during transportation.

The difference between bricks and blocks

Difference between blocks and bricks is in the size, composition, shape and weight. Blocks usually are bigger and lightweight and are made from concrete in comparison to brick. Blocks come in both solid and hollow format and are used where strength is important like a load-bearing wall.

Bricks vs. blocks

Blocks covers a bigger area than a brick thus would complete the work below faster. Blocks may be opted for if they cover a large space and can reduce labor since they fill faster.

Bricks are baked from soil and clay which is cheap no extra cost while blocks are made in two ways one with a machine to mix and release a product and the other way is using a gauge to measure and press the mix using the hands.

Using blocks consists of calculating its weight. They are good in the foundation but cannot be used on a floor that is not around floor because of the weight.

Unstandardized materials used when creating blocks compared to bricks. Some manufacturers tend to us dust and rough sand and add cement which in the long run when exposed to water may change shape due to weak ingredients. The standard ratio to make blocks is one bag of cement, two wheelbarrows of stone dust and one wheelbarrow of lake sand and it should be able to give you 28 pieces of solid blocks. For the bricks are baked from soil or clay which is cheap.

Bricks consume more mortar than blocks. Since the bricks are measured in small standard sizes the lines of mortar to consume cement and sand are so many to link a brick to another as compared to blocks.

Bricks are not affected by the weather as compared to blocks. Waterlogged areas weaken blocks in a short time compared bricks. Blocks tend to suck the water and start partially degrading off in particles. But on the brick side they suck the water and later dry up with time.

How many bricks do I need for wall?

Another easy method, multiply the length of brick masonry wall by the height to get area measured in square feet. Multiply that area by 4.5 to get the number of bricks you should need, then add @10% extra for wastage and breakage during transportation storage and brick wall installation.

Easy example: 10ft height*15ft length of wall is equal 150 sq. Ft. of a wall multiply it by 4.5 =675 bricks

Plus 10% of wastage 67.5+675= 743 bricks.

How many bricks do I need to build a normal house?

One of the toughest aspect is determining how many bricks you will need, ordering few bricks make delay in construction for over ordering make loss of money that increases your estimate for construction, so estimating required number of bricks for wall, house and bedroom and its formula help you and better guide to calculate number of bricks in a wall, room, bedroom