The ability to differentiate between home repairs and improvements that you can make yourself and those that will require the help of a contractor is a very important skill to have. Not only will this skill prevent you from spending more money than you need to on professional services, but it will also help you to avoid costly mistakes by attempting DIY projects that are out of your league. It is my hope that this information contained in this blog will help you to obtain this skill. More importantly, it is my hope that once you have identified a project you wish to take on, this information in this blog will help you to get the job done.
Once a masonry project has been completed, you may find yourself with a few leftover bricks. If the job was a big one, you may actually have a yard full of bricks. Keep those broken or leftover bricks. You can use them to make some wonderful projects. Here are 5 fun ways to use bricks when a masonry project is finished.
Put them Inside Planters
Bricks are great inside outdoor planters for several reasons. When potting plants with shallow roots, fill in space with bricks. That way you don't have to use so much potting soil.
You can also use bricks to help weigh down light planters that blow over in the wind, and you can create a drainage route for plants needing a dryer environment.
Save the Stuff in Your Basement
Elevate everything in your basement to keep it safe from flooding. A few bricks can be used to take hot water heaters, washers and dryers and shelving a few inches off the ground and away from water that can drip in during a rainstorm.
Make an Indoor Wall Pop
Stack bricks against the lower half of a wall in a bathroom, bedroom or living room. This is an easy way to give you living space an artistic edge and a focal point. Stack bricks as high as you want and secure them to the wall with mortar. Use different colors to create patterns, or choose a random design.
Interior design using bricks is especially attractive in a home with a contemporary or industrial style.
Create a Floor Mosaic
You can also use bricks to create a one of a kind floor. Use smaller bricks or pieces of bricks to create a mosaic pattern. Finish the floor with standard bricks or other flooring material.
Keep the bricks in place with mortar and then finish with an acrylic or polyurethane seal.
Get Cute Outside
Bricks are easy to paint, and with a little bit of imagination you can create adorable decorations for your yard. Use paint to turn bricks into ladybugs, toy cars or other cute objects that you can place in your garden or around flower beds. Try spelling your family's name with bricks by painting one letter on each brick and then arranging them near your front door.
Brick art can be used to truly personalize your yard and give your landscaping a fun twist.
Leftover bricks from places like Trinity Masonry & Concrete are useful for both practical projects and fun ideas. In fact, the worst thing you can do with a leftover brick is throw it away.