澳洲Australia property Brick vs wood houses | Sydney


在澳大利亚 I need some advice regarding a property purchase. Property - semi-detached house Bedrooms - 2 Condition - average needs internal reno to modernise Street - one of the best in suburb Location - excellent Close to schools - yes Transport - 50m The pool at of an IP needs to be resurfaced (or so the pool doctor says), the cost was estimated to be $10K ($10,000), after recoverying from my impresssion of a cat coughing up a fur ball, it just seems far too much. Its just a standard poo


Hello,

Just wondering if there's a big difference between the two in terms of CG potential and maintenance issues in the future? To me, brick seems nicer in terms of street appeal but does it make much of a difference long term?

Thanks :)  

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cimbom said: ↑
Hello,

Just wondering if there's a big difference between the two in terms of CG potential and maintenance issues in the future? To me, brick seems nicer in terms of street appeal but does it make much of a difference long term?

Thanks :)Click to expand...
Can be area specific, brick houses stand out and not in a nice way where you might have a lot of older character houses. If there are no structural issues I do like double brick buildings though, something built like a bunker.  

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Cimbom - I feel the opposite. A lovely well-kept weatherboard/period home has a much nicer street appeal than your standard brick veneer.

However, weatherboard definitely higher maintanence. Brick is good for investment in that regards.  

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hi,

what sort of maintenance is required of weather board houses compared to brick veneer?


Thanks!  

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I'd keep with what suits the area. I personally prefer timber to brick veneer- I agree that a well-kept timber house looks far nicer! It seems that fashion is the rendered look these days. I think this looks okay on a stylish modern build, but again, it depends whether that suits the area that you are building in.

Trinity168, you have to paint the exterior of a timber house at least every 10 years. It is major upkeep and a) very expensive if you pay someone to do it, or b) very time consuming if you do it yourself. You don't have to paint a brick veneer house.  

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Thanks amiaow! :cool:  

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Now that we're on the subject, I was thinking yesterday.. does a brick veneer home have better thermal qualities than wooden homes? I know from friends fibro homes are shockers, are wooden homes better than fibro? And I think it was a stucco house that I lived in one time for a month that was incredibly hot. I housesat a friends raised Queenslander one time, which I found really pleasant, but can't remember what time of year. I guess most aren't insulated. I realise orientation AND open verandahs would make a difference. If they are lifted, you'd probably get more breezes too making them cooler?  

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thermal properties, I live in a wooden house in -20C winters
its not the construction, its the insulation that makes the difference
bricks allow hot or cold through, they just take marginally longer, and as far as 'thermal mass', utter crap, the heater or airconditioner just has to heat or cool that extra mass as well as the house to make it warm or cool.
the exterior walls should always be outside the insulation

full coverage insulation, underfloor, walls and ceilings, will pay for itself in heating/cooling costs, FAST

R4 (pink batts standard) = garbage, other places r20 is minimum finished rating
try
walls r8
floors r8
ceilings r12

foil sarking is not insulation
best is something like WallTite, spray foam, airtight windproof 3 inches = r20  

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AlmostBob said: ↑
thermal properties, I live in a wooden house in -20C winters
its not the construction, its the insulation that makes the difference
bricks allow hot or cold through, they just take marginally longer,Click to expand...
Yer that's coming back to me now! I lived in double brick house with bad orientation and in summer I'd wake up at 3.00am, boiling hot. Made sure the next double brick home was orientated better and had huge veranda's/eaves. Was so much more pleasant to live in.
I wonder how many homes in Australia are insulated apart from the roof though? Possibly not too many?  

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