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Exterior brick walls and finishes

Constructing Brick Walls

The costs shown here for building a brick wall includes labour and bricks only. This does not include different finishes that can be applied onto the walls.

The bricks that this is costed at are premium bricks at 70mm wide for 1.10 hours.

  • Auckland $182 per m2
  • Wellington $183 per m2
  • Christchurch $206 per m2
  • Dunedin $180 per m2


Texture Coatings  
Stucco finish

Refers to the variety of  finishes applied in a thin layer to provide an economical hard surface that is rot, rust, and fire resistant. These coatings can be trowelled or sprayed on a variety of substrates including bricks. Base layers are usually modified cement based with the finish layer modified cement based or acrylic with total thickness usually not exceeding 8mm thick. This can be coloured and finished to a wide range of textures too. 

The cost for a standard two-coat application in New Zealand are:


dependent on single storey, double storey:

  • Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin: $78-$108/m2


Solid Plaster Finish

The main difference of solid plaster also referred to as stucco from texture coatings is that solid plastering is a thick application of cement or modified cement plaster at least 12mm thick to the wall that not only provides a beautiful sandy finish but also a durable, hardy surface and protection to the walls.

The cost of solid plastering in New Zealand are:

  • Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin $74.40/m2
  • Christchurch $80.40/m2



Acrylic Paint Finish

Acrylic paint is the most common type of paint used on exterior surfaces. These paints are applied over bricks, texture coatings or solid plastered surfaces.

The cost for a three-coat acrylic paint finish in New Zealand are:

  • Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin $14.30/m2
  • Christchurch $17.50/m2


Source: Rawlinsons New Zealand Construction Cost Handbook 2012

Note: Prices do not include GST

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