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10 September 2019

How to Build a Brick Fence in Australia

Are you looking for how to build a Brick Fence in Brisbane, Melbourne or Perth? The most difficult part of building a Brick or Limestone fence in Australia is knowing where to begin and making sure you are getting the best structure built for your money. uDrew is a platform that allows you to take control of your building projects on your phone or desktop, and today we will breakdown some information on brick fence projects and what to be aware of.

How To Build a Brick Fence

Like most small-structure projects, building a Brick or Limestone Fence in Australia requires:

  • Land Surveying Report
  • Structure Draft Designs Plans that adhere to Council Planning Rules
  • Engineering Detail Plans that adhere to the Australian Building Codes ABCB Australia
  • Local Council Approval
  • Materials & Building

The usual scenario is a home-owner going to a builder, and the builder will connect their clients with a surveyor, a draftsperson, engineer, provide council forms and will organise the materials for the construction of the project.

Building a Brick Fence in Australia

What Do You Need To Build a Brick Fence?

The Surveying of your land for structures like Brick and Limestone fences is often required to understand the measurements and angles of the surface on your property. In Australia, this is often a requirement as the land survey will be used to draft the final drawings and the designer needs to make sure the design suits the site.

Designing your brick and limestone fence comes in two parts; aesthetics (the look and style) and the size/placement of the structure on your property. The majority of brick and limestone fences designs focus on the change of infills (aluminium or timber slats etc.) and the placement of the structure will focus on your needs and the planning regulations from the council.

Drafting your project will happen after the design and land survey report is available, and these will focus on drawing your project in more detail on the property and this gives the council an understanding of your brick or limestone fence and also gives the builder a guide for constructing the project.

Certified Engineering plans are required to show that your fence adheres to Australian building codes, and most importantly means that it will be both safe and robust. A poorly built brick or limestone fence with no engineering could crack or be blown over due to strong winds. Council usually takes notes of uncertified brick or limestone fences and will fine may fine the property owner.

Council Approval of Brick and Limestone fences mainly focus on you building the structure within your property bounds, are within certain height limits, and are within a safe distance of trees, infrastructure and other structures. Council Approval of structures built on your property will make sure that everything is legal, so in the future, if you need to sell your house, you will not have the council blocking the sale due to uncertified structures.

UDrew uses technology to streamline this entire process, so you can have your surveying report, your custom design, your full drafting plans and engineering certification within minutes, not months. This allows you to take control of your project and save both time and money.

Building The Brick Fence

The building of the brick and limestone fence projects is the easy part, and both the home-owners and builders are eager to get started after receiving uDrew’s project plans and council approval. The main process of building your fence is in four steps:

  • Sink the Footings.** To build the brick and limestone fences the builders will excavate a trench for the reinforced footings and they will then use premixed concrete and steel cages with metal bars.
  • Laying the Bricks.** Once the concrete is dry and ready, the builders will lay a single skin wall that is built on the footing with engaged piers on one side. Piers are what give the fence structural integrity and support the rest of the structure.
  • Applying Render if Necessary.** A thick layer of cement render will be applied to both sides of the wall for a finish that can later be painted or texture coated.

Measuring What You Need For a Brick Fence

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Question: What is important when building Brick or Limestone Fences in Australia?
Answer: In Brisbane and Melbourne, building a brick fence is easy, but building a legal brick fence that will last is hard, so make sure that the project is certified by a qualified engineer ahead of time. Managing your project is difficult, but it is important to have the engineering certified plans and council planning approval before building your project.

Question: Why do I need Engineering for my Brick or Limestone Fence Project?
Answer: Engineering is required in Australia for Brick and Limestone fence projects to ensure their safety and that they adhere to the Australian Building Codes. If you are to build a large Brick Fence in Brisbane, then you will need to make sure that piers are able to support the rest of the structure and engineers check this.

Question: Why do I need Council Approval for my Brick Fence Project?
Answer: For anyone building a brick or limestone fence project in Brisbane, Melbourne or Perth, council approval is important to ensure that you are building a legal structure within your property bounds and is safely placed away from pre-existing infrastructure, trees and the curb.

Question: What Materials Should I Use for Infills on My Brick or Limestone Fence?
Answer: What is common and popular in Brisbane may not be the same in Perth or Melbourne, so you may find that your region and climate play a factor when choosing materials for your Brick or Limestone fence.

Timber is popular and looks great, but there is a lot of ongoing maintenance to ensure that they are oiled every 10 months. These may not be so popular in Perth as the strength of the sun bleaches Timber, but may be extremely popular in Melbourne for Brick fences.

Modwood is an environmentally viable option and includes recycled Sawdust and Plastic. It may be weaker than Timber, but it requires minimal maintenance and is also resistant to terminates and sun bleaching.

Aluminium can end up looking just like timber and is great for its lightweight and durability. It is also corrosion resistance and often used near coastal areas, which is most of Australia.

Question: How much does it cost to build a brick fence?
Answer: The price of a brick fence may differ between Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth and it also depends on the choice of bricks, limestone, size and the chosen infills. There is no such thing as a standard fence as each project is tailored to suit the needs of the home-owner and property. An estimated cost of a brick fence can vary between $700 to $1300+ per meter. This can be cheaper using the uDrew system to lessen the planning, engineering and approval costs.

Question: Can I build a Fence on Top of a Retaining Wall?
Answer: Following the Australian standards for the building is important, so we refer to government and the Standards Australia group that discusses the standards for brickwork in Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth. (https://www.standards.org.au/standards-catalogue/sa-snz/building/bd-004)