Owner Built Homes and Homesteads: Brick Wall and Masonry Wall Construction
Ken Kern explains the basics of brick wall and masonry wall construction and considers a number of innovations in building methods with these materials.
Diagram illustrates basic methods for building a mortared cinder block wall.
ILLUSTRATION: KEN KERN
Experimental variants of the cinder block wall developed by the Tuskegee Institute and architect Frank Lloyd Wright that include steel bracing and interior dead air space for insulation.
Diagram of cavity wall construction methods in which brick facing is separated from an interior masonary wall by a two inch air space, with the brick and masonry held together by metal ties at regular intervals.