So you just had your new house built and need a brick letterbox.
Or maybe you have an exsisting home are doing some landscaping or switching out that tired old wooden box.
There are a lot of choices in mailbox hardware today.
Major hardware chains have a good range & vary significantly in price.
Years ago you only had a choice of about 5 designs.
Most brickies will have their set pricing structures and the following is only a guide to help you.
A basic brick pillar mailbox about 12 cources highby 2x2 bricks finished with Capping Bricks at the top.
Could cost between $180-$350 Letterbox only. You will also have to take into consideration the concrete footing.
Whether you want to do it yourself or get the bricklayer to do it for you.
Because the bricklayer has to come out twice this is what will cost you.
And again between $150-$350 for the concrete, possibly more depending on size
(E.g a 10 unit mailbox and combined meterbox)
Letterbox hardware/inserts prices can vary in price from $30-$200+
Whether the Bricklayer can do it in 2hrs or 4 hrs they will look at it as losing a whole day or 1/2 day.
I understand this may seem unfair but most brickies will have their price per day that they will work to.
A good day might be 500 bricks a day and then there is the fiddly work arches/bullseyes etc
Just something to think about.
How to build a brick mailbox ?
You will need to choose your design. There are many sources online or you could drive or have a nice walk around your neighbourhood and take some pictures.
Above are some basic brick mailbox designs I have done and some I haven't, but liked.
You can also ask your bricklayer if he has any ideas or designs he has done.
Most bricklayers have done the traditional pillar design and some may have created some funky extravagent designs and need a memory jog to remember.
A strong concrete foundation bigger than the dimmensions (depth X width) of the strucure you are going to build and deep enough to hit a firm base.
This will give it better stability from tipping. There has been a lot of shake up in councils over the recent years making sure foundations for brick fences are done properly.One of these is that the width has to be bigger than the base structure measurements.
Now I am not an engineer and you should get the proper approvals when doing Brick Fences.
A brick letterbox isnt going to be 3m tall and built like the "Great Wall of China" But a good strong steady foundation is needed and common sense should be used here.
Even for a single pier 2 bricks by 2 bricks letterbox.
A 600mmX600mm pad to a thickness that is appropriate to your soil is needed.
Cement sheet(possibly depending on design)
Mortar (cement ,brickies sand,hydrated lime)
Wheelbarrow to mix in
My suggestions if doing this yourself is to take it slow and don't rush it.
Set it out and prepare properly to save a lot of headaches.
Unfortunatly I cannot teach you hand skills by writing about it.
And encourge you whole heartedly to HAVE A GO.
There are plenty of youtube tutorials as a resource.
And you will get huge satisfaction in doing it yourself.
Obviously if you dont want to. Then get in touch with a bricklayer.
Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
On the subject of hiring a bricklayer if he can do it after work, on the weekend in the morning you may get a better
price. Or even an apprentice who is competant and looking for some extra money.
Wet down the soil area for a couple of days before digging the footings if it is hard ground may make it easier to dig up.
Borrow tools instead of buying them if doing it yourself will save you a lot of money.
Take your time if attempting to DIY a brick mailbox.
I love youtube and use it on a regular basic for a variety of things.
And Remember... you can do it!