stretcher - flemish - english - american
Stretcher bond is the commonest bond used today and the least interesting in
appearance. It can be made more interesting by laying a course of different coloured
bricks or to lay such bricks to form a pattern on a wall.
• Stretcher bond wall
• Stretcher bond wall with piers
• Stretcher bond piers
Flemish bond consists of alternating headers and stretchers along each course with the
headers centred on the stretchers above and below.
English bond consists of alternating courses of headers and stretchers, with the
alternative headers centred over and under the vertical joints of the stretchers.
American common bond
American common bond is similar to the English Bond but the courses of headers are
separated by approximately five courses of stretchers.
Stretcher Bond Brick Walls
English bond - Flemish bond
Walls built using the traditional Stretcher bond are
just a half brick wide. As with any wall built of brick,
no two adjacent vertical joints should be in line.
With a straight wall this is not a problem, just offset
each course by half a brick.
When turning a corner at the end of a straight run
again causes no problems, just interlock the two runs
of bricks on every other course.
When joining into a wall part way along the wall, it's
necessary to use two 3/4 bats (coloured red - one on
either side) on the main face of the wall on every
Bricks and Bats
Stretcher Bond Walls with Piers
Walls build using the traditional stretcher bond are just a half brick wide and as such are
relatively unstable and generally if they are higher than about 40 cm (5 courses), piers are
required to strengthen them.
As with any wall built of brick, no two
adjacent vertical joints should be in line.
For piers at the ends of a wall, the first (and
alternate) course should have two full bricks
placed at right-angles to the run of the wall.
The second (