Brick is among the most widely used construction materials on the market. Its durability and aesthetic appeal make it a favorite for adding color and texture to a home and garden. Homeowners who are left with either whole or partial bricks may utilize them in another project. This practice has grown in popularity in the last few years as modern homeowners seek out ways to save money and reduce waste. You have a number of ways to use extra bricks around the home and garden.
A retaining wall is a common sight in the garden. They are sturdy, carefully engineered walls meant to protect homes, foundations and other structures from landslides. Additionally, these walls may be constructed to flatten land to make it suitable for planting and building. Though this is a project that may require a large number of bricks, an existing wall may be expanded or strengthened with the addition of a few bricks. An additional option is to erect a small retaining wall to create a raised garden bed.
Patio or Walkway
A fairly easy way to add color and convenience to a yard or garden is with brick patios and walkways. They don't generally require the aid of a contractor. Because bricks are available in an array of colors, a structure may be installed in a single tone or multi-toned for added interest. This diversity of color also means that brick will complement almost any home exterior. For novice do-it-yourselfers, a number of online sites provide step-by-step instructions, patterns and tips on how to properly complete either project.
Fire Pit or Barbecue
Fire pits and brick barbecues are high-end additions to any backyard or garden space. Not only do these pieces add a touch of luxury to the yard, but they are ideal for homeowners who like to entertain. Brick is an ideal material for either project as it is extremely heat resistant and its composition makes it able to retain heat for extended periods. Both projects require a bit of brick laying know-how, so hiring a professional may be best.
Brick may serve a number of uses for small projects around the home and property. Utilizing leftover bricks and a few boards — the size of which will vary depending on preference — a set of brick and board bookshelves adds a rustic touch to any room. Bricks are an easy, effective means of reducing water usage in the home. Placing a brick in each toilet tank reduces the amount of water it uses, turning it into a more efficient low-flow toilet.