Brickwork & roof

Custom property construction: brickwork & roofOnce the concrete skeleton has been completed, and the concrete left to cure properly, work can start on the construction of the roof and the brickwork.

Unlike many of the houses built by the Cyprus developers, this custom property has a similar roof to homes built in the UK.

And you will also see that my contractor has incorporated a damp proof course to further prevent the possibility of rising damp. This is another aspect of property construction that the property developers tend to ignore.

Custom property in Cyprus: brickwork & roof

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Damp proof course

Damp proof course

In the majority of custom properties built in Cyprus, a damp proof course (DPC) is laid on top of the first layer of brickwork. This helps to prevent rising damp, which is a very common problem in homes built by the developers. The concrete slab on which the bricks are laid has its own damp proof membrane and the ground beams and floor slab have also been damp proofed.

Brick wall


Cypriot bricks are different to those in the UK. Standard bricks measure 10cm x 20cm or 10cm by 25cm. It takes just a few weeks to infill the concrete skeleton. Since my custom home was built, new building regulations have been introduced requiring newly built property to have a higher degree of thermal insulation.

Roof under construction


The roof of my new home was constructed in a similar way to those in the UK. It has been sheathed sheathed in marine grade, although sometimes Oriented Strand Board (OSB) is used to form an outer 'skin'. On top of this, the roofing felt, batons, and finally the tiles are fixed. Compared to the 'usual' concrete roof built by the property developers, a wooden roof provides a much higher degree of insulation from the heat of the summer and the cold of the winter.

Attic in the roof


The attic provides a very useful storage space. It also provides a home for the 1 metric tonne cold water storage tank helping to keep the water sweet and cool and preventing the tank from deteriorating in the vicious heat and sun. The wooden roof also insulates the building helping to keep it cool in summer and warm in winter.

Tiling the roof

Roof tiles

Roof tiles come in many colours and designs, red clay are the most common. I chose to use green concrete tiles. Manufactured under pressure, they are totally water proof.