You might not immediately think of a mobile home as an object that you could brick. But if you look at the materials used to build them, they are very similar to bricks.
So can you brick a mobile home? The answer is yes! You just need some basic knowledge and tools. Read on for more information about how to do this with your own home or someone else’s.
This blog post will discuss whether it is possible to brick up a mobile home using only common household items and without professional help or planning permission.
If so, then there must be steps involved in doing so safely and correctly because otherwise, people would have done it already!
How Can You Brick A Mobile Home?
Bricking up a mobile home is quite easy, not too much work and cheaper than putting it in stone. It is also more sustainable.
There are lots of potential problems with this method though, so you should be aware of them before you get started!
So without further ado, here are some important considerations & tips about how to brick a mobile home:
1. Can I pick the bricks up from the Homebase/B&Q/a building supplier?
Yes – but they’re very heavy! They need to be cut into the right size – the average front door opening for a mobile home is 725mm high by about 1250mm wide (WxH), but check your door height first.
2. Do I need planning permission?
This depends on your local council. If the wall is only high enough to prevent you from being seen into the mobile home then there shouldn’t be a problem.
If it’s higher, they may give you grief. It’s best to check with them first before starting work!
Must read for Permissions: Mobile Homes Zoning Laws?
3. How do I brick up my door?
If you’ve got experience in bricklaying or are very handy with tools, this will be no problem for you – but if not, get someone experienced!
Some mobile homes have an existing step at the entrance which is already bricked up so it looks tidy.
4. When do I start building the bricks around the mobile home?
The most important point here is that when you’re ready to brick up your mobile home, it must be completely watertight and protected from wind/rain erosion. You can’t just leave it like that!
You’ll need to build a frame around the mobile home (to protect the wall while the bricks are drying) and you should use good quality waterproof insulation – otherwise, your brickwork will rot!
Another thing to consider is landscaping: you don’t want mud all over the place and wrecking your flowers and shrubs!
Perhaps lay down some hardcore or something similar to form a path around where you’re working.
5. How do I attach bricks?
To attach bricks together, there are several ways of doing this: – mortar & dowels – slip joint (like “NON” sticking plasters!) – chemical adhesive.
Relevant Topic: Consideration about Permanent Foundation For A Mobile Home?
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Your mobile home can be bricked up if it has a solid foundation. The bricks will need to be secured with mortar and the walls have to be plumbed for water, gas, electrical wiring or any other utilities you’ll want in your new space.
You may also want insulation installed before brick installation starts which is why choosing an experienced contractor is so important.