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How Do I Match My Old Bricks?

  If you are working on a renovation or addition to your home or commercial building and would like to know how to match your old bricks, you first should consider exactly what you mean by “match.” Do you mean you want identical bricks that visitors will not be able to tell from the old building bricks? Or are you looking for something that would be complementary? Or would you like to create a contrast but one that still “fits” with…

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The Many Benefits of Used Brick

If you are considering remodeling, or adding to, your home’s exterior, you may be trying to decide what building materials would be the best for you to use for your project. If this is the case, you may want to take a moment to consider the benefits of used bricks. Used bricks, often salvaged from old buildings and roads dating back to the 19th century, have become an increasingly popular building material in recent years due to their charm, character, originality,…

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Old St. Louis Brick — Two Tales of Devastation

From the ashes of a devastating fire that nearly destroyed St. Louis, Missouri, in May of 1849, rose a change in construction methods that not only has made St. Louis unique, but also has spread a love of brick throughout much of the South. Unlike other major cities of its era, St. Louis builders had ready access to affordable bricks because of the red clay soil of the region. Therefore, brick construction was not limited to commercial buildings as in many…

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The Benefits of Cobblestone Driveway Pavers

For many years, concrete slabs have been the most common choice for the construction of driveways. However, if you have recently discovered that your driveway is in need of replacing, you may want to consider all of the driveway replacement options that are available to you. The fact is that concrete driveways do not meet the needs and desires of all homeowners who may find concrete to be a bland option that does not make their home stand out in…

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