Antique Bricks

The Benefits Of Using Antique Building Materials

  When you are looking to create a one of a kind and unique space, there is a great way to achieve that look. By using antique building materials, you can get the textures, tones, and look that can only be achieved by years of wear and tear. Antique building materials will give your home a rustic classic charm that can’t be duplicated with brand new materials. Read about the benefits of antique building materials, and feel free to contact us if…

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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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Accent Your Home or Office with Antique Brick Veneer

You don’t have to unearth an old brick wall in your home or office to establish that distinctive look. With antique brick veneer for home, you can add the same look to a wall or floor no matter what type of construction you have. The real brick wall veneer is sliced from genuine vintage bricks salvaged from demolition sites. The bricks are sliced into 1/2 inch thick tiles that make a durable finish either inside or outside. Gavin Historical Bricks offers two…

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Favorite Episodes of “Fixer Upper” Featuring Old Chicago Bricks

“Fixer Upper” star Joanna Gaines may not be as crazy about Old Chicago brick as she is about shiplap, but she sometimes features the bricks to outstanding effect in her creations. We thought it would be fun to review a few of our favorite episodes of “Fixer Upper” featuring Old Chicago bricks. First, we’ll give you a little background on both counts: Old Chicago brick and “Fixer Upper.” Old Chicago brick, also known as antique depot bricks, are just what they sound…

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Antique Firebrick Will Set Your Home Apart

There is something very special about a home with historical charm. In many areas, you simply can’t get that feeling with new construction seemingly taking over entire neighborhoods. But if you want to give your home a historical feeling without all the worry that comes with buying an older home, then you should consider antique firebrick. Decorating with bricks is becoming increasingly popular, and there are many possible antique firebrick uses. Bricks have been in existence since 7000 B.C. and have…

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Find Yourself in the Not-So-Perfect World of Arts and Crafts Construction: Clinker Brick for Sale

  The idea to reuse, re-purpose and recycle may seem modern, but a century ago, architects found the appeal in “trash” bricks and put them to beautiful effect in Arts and Crafts homes and other buildings. These so-called clinker bricks are enjoying a revival in the 21st century as home-builders seek to add a unique touch to their homes by incorporating salvaged clinker bricks into such features as fireplaces, patios or garden walls. If straight lines, uniform bricks and solid…

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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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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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