Why do some newly-built houses have bricked-up windows?

A bricked up window using recycled bricks with a bird hole above it
This self build shows the growing trend of new houses that are being built with bricked-up windows (Image credit: Future)

Bricked-up windows are a growing trend with newly-built homes, but while it makes sense on older properties, some may be scratching their heads as to why they are popping up on newer houses. 

A range of theories have emerged online about the unusual build choice. These range from making a new build house look older by mimicking bricking up windows due to the now defunct window tax, to being cheaper than windows to install.

Joseph Mullane
News Editor

News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.