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What Do You Really Know about Cobblestone?

Cobblestone roads are uncommon these days. At one time, however, road builders used cobblestones in many cities and towns. Building contractors also used them to create buildings. What do you really know about cobblestone history? Let’s take some time to explore the history of cobblestone streets in a little depth. True cobblestones, the building material made of small, natural stones with edges smoothed by water, have been around for centuries. In England, the term cobblestone first appeared in the 15th…

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Amazing Ways Homeowners Are Using Reclaimed Materials in Homes

  It’s a little ironic: as the digital age roars ahead into the future at a breakneck speed, millions of people find themselves needing a deeper connection to the past. This is one reason the use of reclaimed materials in building projects has become so popular. Here are some interesting recent examples of what some homeowners have been doing with reclaimed materials: New Orleans A June 2016 article by Nola.com highlighted the work of Zachary Tyson, a co-owner of homebuilding…

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The “Metropolitan” Legacy: Rustic Street Pavers Transform a Driveway

With an old-school charm, this Metropolitan block brick driveway invites guests to feel at home. You know a brick is special when you can literally read its history on its face. Visitors to Tom R.’s home are greeted by a dozen rustic antique bricks laid out near the entrance with the identifying words: “Metropolitan Block, Canton, O.” “Everyone who comes to our home admires them,” says Tom. Gavin Historical Bricks supplied the 2,000 square feet of Metropolitan pavers for the…

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What to Consider When Choosing Brick Street Pavers

Brick street pavers are making a comeback with many home buyers. The market for these vintage or “old-world” bricks has largely grown because of advanced manufacturing technology. As a result, consumers can choose from several options in sizes, colors and textures. If you’re considering brick street pavers, here are some basic guidelines for selecting the vintage brick pavers that are best for you. Reasons for Their Popularity Several factors play a role in why more and more people are considering reclaimed…

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