Split faced block question

We are building a pier and beam house. Rather than used regular concrete blocks for the crawl space I was thinking of using split faced blocks. Will that work? How does the cost compare? Also, is it more effort for the mason and does it cost more?
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It is just material cost, I did some a decade ago and the block was about 2.5 times as much as a standard building unit.
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I'm pretty sure that split face block requires waterproofing after it is installed and on a regular schedule thereafter. I would check to make sure you are not going to stuck with an extra cost or a maintenance item you weren't counting on.
Chuck
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Also, depending on the mason, there may be a 'surcharge' for using split-faced block. They weigh about 1.5 times a standard block. So, from a physics standpoint it's 1.5 times the amount of work to lift each block and place it on the wall. Consequently, the cost should be about 150% of standard block. Something to think about, huh? <gd&r>
-Phil Crow
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