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What Can I Do With Used Brick?

Create a path through your gardens with used brick.
Walkways made with used brick make it easier for a gardener to access their plants.
Brick can be used as swimming pool decking.
Brick retaining walls can make a landscape more interesting.
Circle your mailbox with a ring of used bricks and add flowers for a nice look.
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There are many possibilities for featuring used brick in both the interior and exterior of a home. A brick driveway can add elegance to the outside entryway, while using it around a pool or fountain can enhance the appeal of these features. Using it to make floors or an accent wall can create a beautiful focal point — a main design feature that catches the eye — inside a home. Dealers typically offer historical bricks for floors, fireplaces, walls, driveways, pathways, and patios.

Paver bricks salvaged from historical buildings can be used to create one-of-a-kind outdoor spaces. This is a classic rectangular red or brown brick used in many buildings up to 100 years old. A simple patio deck space can be transformed into a rustically elegant look by choosing a color tone and pattern that compliments the outdoor setting as well as the style of the home. Paver bricks may be placed end to end to form rows or be positioned more creatively to form V-shaped lines. Antique pavers make ideal pool decks, walkways, and driveways, as they're durable and have stood the test of time.

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Firebrick is used brick suitable for fireplaces. Adding an indoor or outdoor fireplace can be a great thing to do with old brick because it's both decorative and useful. The color tones of salvaged brick range from warm, vivid orange-reds to cool, pale brownish-pinks. Indoor floors are another excellent application as bricks provide a durable and unique alternative to tile and wood floors. Flooring tiles can be made from slices of brick that can be placed in many different patterns to create a floor.

Recycled bricks left over from projects or found at yard sales can be used for interesting accents. For example, a few larger ones placed in a garden can make good stepping stones to give a gardener somewhere to stand when watering or trimming plants. Smaller bricks can make a nice border between flower beds and lawns. Others can be used in a kitchen to hold hot pots or even in a living room or den as the base for a glass coffee table top.

Two bricks could even be used as book ends to keep books upright in a bookshelf. They also make good paperweights on a desk. A collection of used bricks could be placed creatively to form a creative backsplash, or wall behind a stove or sink, in a kitchen.

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disciples
Post 6

What is the price of used brick? Is there a place where I can buy in bulk?

clippers
Post 5

You can do tons of things with used bricks, they are almost like Legos for adults. I have made fire pits, grills, outdoor benches and more all with bricks that I have been able to salvage from my neighborhood.

I live in St. Louis, and everything, I mean everything here is made of brick. So there are often old bricks just lying around. I have about 500 in my garage just waiting for my next project.

orangey03
Post 4

@kylee07drg – I am always very cautious when mowing around my garden. I put old bricks around the edges of my flower bed to keep weeds down, and I just have to trim around them with garden shears, because I am afraid to get very close to them with the mower.

I didn't even have to buy used brick for this. I am renting an older home, and I discovered a pile of old, loose bricks around back once I moved in. The landlord said he didn't plan to do anything with them, so I used them around my garden.

shell4life
Post 3

A portion of my neighbor's driveway is made of used brick pavers. They are arranged in a zig-zag pattern.

You would think that driving over brick would make it break and chip, but it doesn't. It's pretty amazing that a vehicle weighing over a ton can drive across these pavers without doing any damage.

Perdido
Post 2

My friend has a gorgeous used brick patio. Right below the doorway, she arranged the bricks in a semi-circular pattern. Five rows of bricks radiate out from the doorway, and from there, she has them arranged in straight rows.

Brick patios are great, because they will never rot away. They also don't feel nearly as slick as wood does after a rain.

kylee07drg
Post 1

Always remember to mow carefully around bricks. I made the mistake of getting too close to my used red brick garden edgers, and the mower blade chipped a couple of bricks. The blade was damaged, as well.

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