Gerald Cole Author, journalist and screenwriter
Gerald Cole Author, journalist and screenwriter

Build Your Own Brick House

Brick is Britain’s favourite house building material, and ‘traditional’ brick and block our most popular method of construction. 

It is robust, low maintenance, familiar to all builders and beloved of planners, mortgage lenders and home owners. 

Build Your Own Brick House is a detailed, comprehensive guide to a typical traditional build, from sourcing and buying a plot, gaining planning consent and Building Control approval to the build process itself. Unique among self-build manuals, it provides a month-by-month, week-by-week, day-by-day breakdown of work on site - including a checklist of upcoming activities and necessary materials

Written by experienced selfbuilder and SelfBuild & Design consulting editor Gerald Cole, it contains all the essential information and background you need, enabling you to understand, assess and control every aspect of your project. 


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'Many self build books are as readable as a car manual, but Gerald Cole writes with clarity, wit and candour, as readers of his Topping Out column will already know'

Ross Stokes, editor

SelfBuild & Design

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Build Your Own Brick House (Crowood 2013)

Superstition (Ebury Press, 1990)

Gregory's Girl (W.H. Allen, 1981)

Any Which Way You Can (W.H. Allen, 1983)

Comfort & Joy (Methuen, 1984)

Sid and Nancy



One-Way Ticket SF anthology

(StarryEyed Press 2023)

How the World Really Is anthology

( 2023)

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