Architects significantly affect the cost of masonry construction by their decisions in planning and designing a project. Construction costs are mostly related to mason productivity, which can be increased or decreased by the way a project is designed. Here are some options for reducing costs: Use larger face-size brick units to increase the square footage of wall area laid in a day. Specify rougher, "antiquated" units. Don't use raked or recessed mortar joints. Base the exact room dimensions and location of window and door openings on the length of the masonry unit being used. Specify special-shaped units if enough are required to justify production expenses.