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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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Tips for Creating a Level Walkway when Working with Old Cobblestone

An old cobblestone walkway adds beauty and charm to your landscape, but can also be difficult to walk on. Learning how to make a cobblestone walkway can seem more challenging because of this unusual trait. Cobblestones are notorious for being uneven, and can therefore pose a tripping hazard. An extremely rough surface is also challenging to push a wheelbarrow or ride a bicycle over. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to ensure your cobblestone walkway is as…

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Brick Driveway Pavers: The Many Reasons to Consider Paver Driveways

For many years, the standard for driveways has been concrete. However, just because something is standard does not necessarily mean that it is the best option for everyone. When considering having their driveway replaced, homeowners need to consider the pros and cons of each driveway option in order to determine which would be best for them. If you are looking for something a little more exciting than the norm, and that can boost your home’s curb appeal, you may want…

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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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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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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 the life-saving benefits of using reclaimed materials. 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. Four men, Steve…

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Gavin Historical Bricks – A Hobby Quickly Grows Into a National Company

Gavin Historical Bricks – a hobby quickly grows into a national company and one of the industry’s leading suppliers Company founder recognized antique bricks’ beauty and potential value before a market for them even existed.   Gavin Historical Bricks – today one of the country’s largest companies specializing in reclaiming high-quality antique bricks and stone – started some 20 years ago quite by accident. John Gavin, the company’s founder, was working as a consultant in 1997 when he came across…

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