As a material itself, brick is actually quite cheap but the kicker is labour cost as you guessed. In Western Canada, skilled masons are harder to come by and command premium rates. Down east, they have a stronger masonry tradition and lower labour costs, which is why you see much more brick cladding and more things like concrete block walls and foundations. Panel cladding requires much less skill and is faster to install so we see more of it out here.For the smart folks here: what would be the cost difference between this multi-colour panelling typical approach and mostly brick building this size?
I can assume the installation and labour is cheaper with paneling, but don't know what the longevity trade-offs between panels/bricks and other cost factors. Here's a recent build in Montreal of a bit larger size to get my meaning. Equally boxy, boring and functionalist, but just cleaner with what appears to be better materials.
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"I am shocked and appalled that, after building a house that towers over my neighbours and allows me to look into their back yards, someone would dare build something even taller that lets other people look into my yard!! I'm also not crazy about all of these people "loitering" around my house, just because I happened to build it next to an LRT station!"
Good question. I'm guessing the corrugated aluminum is more than the composite and vinyl panels used at Giordano, but how much more? It might have been worth it to go a little higher with the materials.I wonder what the cost difference would be between this material, and the material used on Annex? https://calgary.skyrisecities.com/f...yhoff-architecture.26144/page-13#post-1598764