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From repointing to replastering, from extensions to conversions, we can help you with your general building needs from Bury to Bolton, Liverpool to Manchester, Lancaster to Burnley and all points in between.

We specialise too in fits of kitchens and kitchen refurbishments.

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Brickwork

Brickwork is masonry produced by a bricklayer, using bricks and mortar. Typically, rows of bricks—called courses-are laid on top of one another to build up a structure such as a brick wall.

Bricks may be differentiated from blocks by size. For example, in the UK a brick is defined as a unit having dimensions less than 337.5x225x112.5mm and a block is defined as a unit having one or more dimensions greater than the largest possible brick.

Brick is a popular medium for constructing buildings, and examples of brickwork are found through history as far back as the Bronze Age.

Brick dimensions are expressed in construction or technical documents in two ways as co-ordinating dimensions and working dimensions.

  • Coordination dimensions are the actual physical dimensions of the brick with the mortar required on one header face, one stretcher face and one bed.
  • Working dimensions is the size of a manufactured brick. It is also called the nominal size of a brick.

Brick size may be slightly different due to shrinkage or distortion due to firing etc.

Brick dimensions are expressed in construction or technical documents in two ways as co-ordinating dimensions and working dimensions.

  • Coordination dimensions are the actual physical dimensions of the brick with the mortar required on one header face, one stretcher face and one bed.
  • Working dimensions is the size of a manufactured brick. It is also called the nominal size of a brick.

Brick size may be slightly different due to shrinkage or distortion due to firing etc.

An example of a co-ordinating metric commonly used for bricks in the UK is as follows:

  • Bricks of dimensions 215 mm × 102.5 mm × 65 mm;
  • Mortar beds and perpends of a uniform 10 mm.

In this case the co-ordinating metric works because the length of a single brick (215 mm) is equal to the total of the width of a brick (102.5 mm) plus a perpend (10 mm) plus the width of a second brick (102.5 mm).

There are many other brick sizes worldwide, and many of them use this same co-ordinating principle.

Hough Building Services Ltd are experts in brickwork.

Extensions

Some times, moving is not viable. You may have family nearby, children at local schools, friends and a neighbourhood that you don’t want to leave. Extending your property can often be a more affordable alternative to moving. It’s an aspect of building work that we specialise in.

Your garden may be unused and unloved and provide a perfect foundation for an extension to your home. You may decide to have an extension that is single storey or two storey. You may want additional living space, sleeping space or even a self-contained annex. We can advise you on the costs of extending and the options opening to you.

There’s never a one size fits all with extensions. That’s why Chris is happy to travel across the north-west of England from his base in Bolton, to provide a building solution that works for your circumstances and your budget.

Contact Hough Building Services Ltd today.

Building conversions

Hough Building Services Ltd are specialists in building conversion projects across the north west of England. You can see examples of work on the gallery page.

Residential conversions are often a very cost-effective way of adding space as the existing foundations and brickwork, electrics, other services are invariably in place.

The most common project we carry out is conversion of garages. The days of parking cars in one are generally over and the garage has become a storage space and can be uncluttered and unloved. Integral garages can be readily converted into additional living space.

The addition of insulated floor and ceiling, new plasterwork and brickwork replacing the up and over door with a double glazed window is a great way to increase space without the complications of building from scratch.

Hough Building Services Ltd would be delighted to help with your property conversion in Bolton and further afield.

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