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The First Brick Road: How Brick Streets Were Laid in the Late 1800s and Early 1900s

Bricks have been around for centuries, bringing with them both beauty and functionality. As roads became more sophisticated and horse drawn carts and early automobiles began to populate them, bricks became especially important. How brick streets were laid in the late 1800s, early 1900s is an interesting story. The Beginning Before the late 19th and early 20th century, most streets were made out of dirt and gravel. At this time, however, the roads especially in cities became nicer and began to be constructed out of bricks. In 1870,…

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Are Reclaimed Brick Pavers the Right Choice for Me?

Whether you’re looking to construct a new driveway, or simply renovate your existing one, you’ll need to choose an appropriate material for the job. The right stone or brick will make a world of difference in your project, offering the perfect mix of style, strength and durability. While there are dozens of different solutions available, one of the best is reclaimed brick pavers. What you need to ask is, “are reclaimed bricks right for me?” Read on to learn about…

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How Can Reclaimed Stone Improve the Look of Your Home

When you are building a new home or renovating an older one, there are many benefits to incorporating reclaimed stone into the design. For starters, it is long-lasting and durable. It is even something you can put in a high-use area, like a bathroom. In addition to this, stone is beautiful and will look great in any area of your home. Stone is also something that can regulate the temperature in your home. It helps keep your home cool during…

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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 building a house with reclaimed materials has become so popular, and we’ve discovered many amazing ways to use reclaimed home building materials in new projects. Here are some interesting recent examples of what some homeowners have been doing with reclaimed house materials: New Orleans A June…

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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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How Building Projects with Reclaimed Materials Are Saving Lives

Building projects that use reclaimed materials are doing much more than just adding a beautiful look to a project or helping the environment. They are also saving lives. Some recent projects, one from Pittsburgh and another from Vietnam, provide perfect examples of how projects with reclaimed building materials are saving lives. Lives Restored in the North Point Breeze Project As reported in the Post Gazette in a recent story, an innovative project, known as Project RE, has been taking place in Pittsburgh.…

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