Brickwork Co-Ordination is a term Architects use when producing drawings or you are doing the drawings yourself, you should always keep in mind of the dimensions of the bricks and the openings you are proposing to introduce into your building design. Great care should be taken; I cannot remember the amount of times i have had to introduce cuts into the wall, when with a bit of thought this could have been avoided.

Full and half bricks should always be used; this will look a lot neater in the finished product and cut down on the amount of work the bricklayer has to do. I have found in the past in that designers do not give enough thought to the people who are actually building the project, this not only speeds up the work, but also makes it look a lot neater. Anything that can cut down on wastage must be worth the effort.

The following tables will help to explain how to achieve good results when preparing your designs, for some they may seem complicated, but it`s really worth the effort.







In the highlighted area you will see the first 3 conditions…

•  Brick + 1 joint CO
•  Brick + 2 joint CO +
•  Brick only CO –

 What is the condition CO-?

  1. This condition is referred to as a Brick with no perp joints and would mainly be considered for brick piers or brickwork panels.





  2. What is the Condition CO+?

    This condition is referred to as a Brick + 2 joints and would mainly be considered when there are window or door openings.








  3. What is the Condition CO?

    This condition is referred to as a Brick + 1 joint and would mainly be considered when there brick panels or return ends.









    There are many problems associated with setting-out brickwork incorrectly and is certainly a skill that will be demanded when you work as a professional bricklayer, learning some degree of knowledge of this skill will be of great use for anyone contemplating having a go at brickwork, even if it is a small project in your back garden. In the following graphic I have tried to use the correct and in-correct use of Co-Ordination.

    Incorrect Brickwork Co-Ordination









    Correct Brickwork Co-Ordination










    For many people, even Bricklayers with many year`s experience, seem to struggle with the concept of this subject and the results can be terrible. For many it does not seem important and not worth the effort to learn, it can seem complicated.

    If you require any further detail or help, then please don`t hesitate to comment or contact me  directly and I will do my best to assist.