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Brick In The Wall

Bricks Outdoors

Common places for bricks in the great outdoors are seen as a retaining wall, raised flower beds, mailbox enclosures, accents to the front of the home, walkways, brick patios and the list goes on. Creative brick layouts (think herringbone, basket-weaved, arched, etc.) all offer a unique take on a simple brick project. Some brick projects may be more complex in nature such as a brick wall that requires the use of mortar. Most experts will say that the do-it-yourselfer may want to refer to a professional bricklayer for any brick wall that is over 4 feet in height. If you have ever watched a professional bricklayer, then you realize that there is an art that goes into the trade. While you may be able to make a brick project look good, the other side of the coin is if it is structurally sound.

Bricks Indoors

The great thing about bricks is that they can transform an entire space. Rich color tones and textures have a way of adding character to a home. While many homeowners enjoy the natural beauty that bricks present, other homeowners desire to give brick fireplaces and other brick features a facelift by painting them. Often times, painting bricks can really modernize and lighten up a space. The downfall to painting bricks is that if you ever desire to remove the paint then it can be an extremely tedious task.

The beauty of bricks is that they are all unique. While they do come in standard sizes, they do offer a range of color choices, texture and weather-resistance.

The mortar that is used with brick projects is generally made up of four parts of sand to only one part water. The addition of plasticizer will make the mixture easier to work with. Special tools are also required for a project. For example, when using mortar a trowel will be needed. A string line and level are also critical in helping to keep wall construction straight and level. Professional bricklayers also realize the importance of patterning. The bond is the pattern of laying bricks. As an example, the running bond is a brick pattern that is commonly found.