Different Uses for House Bricks

Bricks are not just for house building.

Should someone ask you to think of the most obvious use for a brick, your mind would most probably start to focus on house building and the construction industry in general. Bricks are without a doubt used for building more than any other use, but just what else could the humble brick be used for?

Although bricks clearly make superb paperweights and are more than able to dispatch even the most troublesome of wasps, they will be left out of this article in favour of the more sensible suggestions.

Bricks in the Home

There seems to be an ever increasing desire to keep the past alive today more than ever. Many people remember the bare brickwork around the fireplace in the front room of their Grandmothers house, or maybe a rustic Herringbone patterned brick floor. The most common place to find bricks inside the modern home is the kitchen. Many home owners want to have a country cottage feel to their kitchens by having their cooking areas and even their cupboard runs being made from bricks. You don’t even have to own the old fashioned Aga or Rayburn stove for this look to work either. Many ultra modern kitchens with all the latest appliances can look quite stunning when mixed with the rusticity of bare brickwork.

Other uses for bricks around the house and garden

These days you may be fortunate enough to find reclaimed or just unused bricks on forums such as Freecycle that are offered for free. Using these bricks around your home and garden certainly adds visual interest. Whether you source your bricks from a brick merchant or an online forum, you can use these bricks either indoors or outside. There are many projects that bricks can be used for with some quite stunning results. The vast majority of these projects are well within the capability of the competant DIY enthusiast or they may require an experienced contractor for projects that are just too large to tackle alone.

Below are just a few uses for bricks. These tend to be the easiest and cheapest methods available. However, a longer lasting and more professional finish can be achieved with all these projects by taken a little more time and using a well mixed mortar to fix the bricks mor firmly in place.

Garden edging with bricks

For many years people have edged their garden with bricks. There are many ways this can be done, maybe the bricks could form a short wall or a single row of bricks layed at a 45 degree angle can look quite effective. Whatever method of brick laying is employed, you can be sure that the lawn will remain inside the bricks unlike log roll borders or those flimsy plastic borders that are available from the DIY stores. Another major benefit of a brick border, as long as the brick is not a soft and sandy one, is that they are far more resistant to damage from a strimmer. The heavy duty nylon strimmer line can easily cut deep grooves into the wood of log rolls and in time, even cut right through them.

Edging your lawn with bricks is an easy project that even beginners can attempt. All you need to do is dig out the turf or soil evenly to create a shallow trench. Place a layer of two inches of gravel into the bottom of the trench. Place the bricks side by side in the trench to create garden edging. You could of course use cement and point up the arranged bricks if you wanted for a more permanent looking border, but this would take a little more time.

Garden patio with bricks

You can even lay a patio with bricks. You could build a patio in the same way as the garden edging, by removing the soil where you want to build a patio, then pouring a shallow layer of gravel into this trench and fitting the bricks together over the gravel. When you are happy with the overall appearance you could pour sand in between the cracks to ensure the bricks have some extra support. Ensure that the bricks are able to withstand extreme cold temperatures as some bricks that are fine for vertical walls can be unsuitable for ground work applications.

Brickwork garden path

A garden path can look amazing when constructed from bricks. You really can let your imagination run wild when it comes to the pattern you want the bricks layed in. You don’t even have to have a completely brick covered path either as you can mix the bricks with other building materials to add an extra special visual impact.

A particularly popular way of using bricks in a garden path is to leave good drainage beneath the bricks and creating good sized gaps in between them to infill with gravel and plant with some very low growing plants. Wild Thymes and Chamomile are excellent choices for this as they are fragrant and hardy, they smell nice when walked on too. You could also break up any monotony in the brick pattern by including some slate or railway sleeper in the path construction.

Brick barbecue

One of the most common uses for bricks outdoors is the barbecue. This can be anything from a few loose bricks stacked up to support a metal grill to an elaborate affair using fire bricks and a great deal of imagination.

The barbecue made from bricks is a good sturdy alternative to a shop bought metal on that has to be put away or covered to prevent it from rusting away in a couple of seasons. The only thing that needs protecting on a brick barbecue is the grill unless the brick work covers this as it does in the more advanced designs. The brick barbecues can be constructed to house your charcoal or even a gas cylinder as well as other barbecue equipment. A brick barbecue that has been well built and thoughtfully situated in a nicely maintained garden can be a real enjoyment throughout those warmer months.

Indoor exposed brick work

Many people like the appearance of bare bricks inside their house too. Why not try installing an exposed brick wall. Admittedly, this works best if you live in historical areas where exposed brick is commonplace, rather than an ultra modern apartment development.

You could bring life to an old fireplace in your home with exposed brick to underscore its elegance. There are even brick slips or tiles that look very much like a complete brick when installed but have a fraction of the weight.

Brick Articles

At ET Clay Products we have years of experience relating to all aspects of brick supply and usage. We have created a list of articles which we hope will be of use to our clients and the general public.

Antique or contemporary bricks for any build

When you are looking for the perfect brick for your building project, you will want to consider several factors. Firstly, you will need to ensure that you have the freedom to choose the brick colour and maybe even style fits in with the aesthetic of your area. Some areas only permit building with a certain colour of brick. Secondly, the texture is a consideration.

Brick built barbecues last a lifetime

As the weather warms up and the evenings get longer, many peoples minds turn toward that great summertime tradition, where the man of the house dons his apron and reverts back to his inner caveman to cook meat outdoors.

Brick built property extensions

Most people would like some extra room at home, whether it be for an extra bedroom, a bigger lounge or kitchen or even a hobby room. However, fewer people can afford to move house these days so they look for ways to improve their existing property.

Brick matching for all building projects

A frequent problem when making additions to any brick building is matching the bricks that were used to construct the original building. Whether the addition is an extension or a garage, the challenge will always be to source bricks that match the original ones.

Brick Matching Service from ET Bricks

How many times have you thought about adding to an existing brickwork construction, but have held back because you couldn't find the exact same bricks to match? Here at ET Bricks we are frequently getting enquiries from people who want to add on to an existing wall, or replace bricks that have been damaged by drilling.

Brick slips for that classic look

How many times have you watched a movie where the home set is in a converted factory or warehouse? Vast open plan spaces to live in with the charm of bare brick walls.

Brick sustainability

Bricks have been used for building countless structures over many thousands of years because of they last for so long and are very durable. This and a number of other factors make them a sought after building material and contribute to their inherent sustainability.

Bricks and their different applications

There are many thousands of different types of bricks, they cover an ever increasing range of coulours and finishes but they can be broken down into a handful of basic types. The majority of these bricks are made from clay and are fired in a kiln.

Bricks around the world

Bricks of one kind or another have been manufactured from many different materials throughout the ages. Whether they be for the construction of a simple dwelling hut to a grand cathedral, bricks have been the staple building material for many centuries. The manufacturing process may change from location to location, but the overall use of bricks has remained pretty constant.

Bricks in so many different colours

Depending on where you live, you may be restricted to a particular colour of brick for your property. The Olde Welwyn brick is a good example. A mellow red that is mixed with 25% grey tones to provide a mature weathered look, textured to give a traditional handcrafted appearance. These bicks form the bulk of properties in the Welwyn village and its larger neighbouring town of Welwyn Garden City, with very few exceptions.

Bricks inside as well as out

We all know that bricks are used extensively around the world to make dwelling houses and office buildings. We are also well aware that there are many different styles and colours of brick for such building projects. What many seem to be unaware of is just how good bricks can be when used as an interior building material.

Bricks: More than just a building block!

Rarely do we walk down the street and pay any particular attention to bricks. Bricks are everywhere and we generally take them for granted, why? Probably the reason we ignore bricks is because we are so used to looking at them on our own house when in the garden, or the view through the front or rear windows of our property may look directly at a very similar, if not the same type of build. Many people would think that a brick is just a brick, maybe different colours exist, but that's about as far as the changes go. In fact, the humble brick has more diversity and heritage than most would give it credit for.

Bricks: The best house building material

When it comes to choosing the right sort of building material for your house renovation or building project, what is the best material to go for? Brick and wood are practical choices as building materials for homes. They also come in a massive variety of colours, finishes, treatments and styles. Brick and wood are natural to look at and very durable and they insulate well too. You can build a house from all bricks, one from wood panelling or a mixture of both. What factors should affect your decision though when deciding what building material to use?

Dampening bricks before laying versus using dry bricks

Should you speak to any bricklayer worth their salt, they will tell you about the benefits of dampening any absorbent bricks before laying them!

Decorative bricks in and around the home

When most of us think of a brick, we tend to think of a red lump of fired earth that is used to build houses. Not very inspiring, but practical nonetheless!

Different uses for house bricks

Should someone ask you to think of the most obvious use for a brick, your mind would most probably start to focus on house building and the construction industry in general. Bricks are without a doubt used for building more than any other use, but just what else could the humble brick be used for?

Efflorescence on bricks: The causes, prevention and cure

We have probably all seen it! That nasty white powdery coating that spoils the look of brick buildings. A recent development of luxury home in Hertfordshire looked amazing when they were finished, but within a short space of time, the majority of these attractive red brick dwellings were white with efflorescence. So what is the cause of this phenomenon and what can be done to prevent or cure it?

ET Bricks and other brick manufacturers

ET Bricks can source virtually any brick you want. We have been leading the way as a brick merchant for many years and not only manufacture superior quality bricks, we supply them from other renowned brick manufacturers too, so our customers can be certain of getting the bricks they want.

ET Clay Products and Wienerberger: The perfect partnership

ET Bricks can source virtually any brick you want. We have been leading the way as a brick merchant for many years and not only manufacture superior quality bricks, we supply them from other renowned brick manufacturers too, so our customers can be certain of getting the bricks they want.

Facade and Cladding Information

A facade is the front or face of anything,  but the term is mainly reserved to refer to a building. Facade is a pretty common word that is used for anything that changes the face of anything. The exterior face of a building which is the architectural front, is sometimes distinguished from the other faces by more elaborate architectural or ornamental details.

Glazed bricks for that extra splash of colour

Glazed bricks have been used to great effect in many building projects over the years. They can really stamp the property with its own unique look and feel when incorporated into a period restoration project.

News of a UK house brick shortage: ET Bricks have the answer

It has been claimed recently in the media that Britain is currently facing a shortage of house bricks! The sudden flurry of house building activity following the recession has been blamed for the severe lack of house bricks available.

Quality Indian Sandstone

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Reclaimed house bricks

If you are you building a new property or possibly even refurbishing an old property, you may have considered using reclaimed bricks.

Reconstructed, Reconstituted, Artificial and Synthetic Stone

It's no just bricks that ET Clay Products are famous for, we have a vast range of cast stone and it really is taking off in a way we knew it always would! Cast Stone is often referred to by different names such as reconstructed stone, reconstituted stone, artificial stone, synthetic stone, manufactured stone and art or artistic stone. The two most popular names the buying public use for this product seems to be reconstructed stone and reconstituted stone, but the industry term for it remains 'cast stone'.

Special shape bricks for all your building projects from ET Bricks

When somebody thinks of a brick wall, they tend to imagine a flat vertical surface constructed of bricks, but depending on the design or terrain, it can be so much more!

Special shaped bricks

There’s far more to bricks than just the standard shapes! Imagine how monotonous architecture would be if all buildings were constructed from standard bricks.

The history of bricks and brickmaking

Bricks are without doubt, one of the oldest known building materials. They date back to 7000 BC where they were first found in southern Turkey and around the city of Jericho. The first bricks were sun dried and made from mud. Fired bricks were found to be more resistant to the harsher weather conditions, which made them a far more reliable brick to be used in the construction of permanent buildings, where mud bricks would not have been sufficient. Fired bricks were also very useful for absorbing any heat generated throughout the day, and releasing it at night.

What type of bricks are available from ET Clay Products

If there's one thing we really know about at ET Clay Products, it's bricks! We stock literally thousands of bricks in every conceivable size, shape, colour and texture. Choosing the right brick for your building project can be pretty daunting when you are faced with such a massive assortment of bricks, but then that's why we have friendly and experienced staff always on hand to help that process go smoothly.

Wienerberger Dartmoor Heather Brick

The Wienerberger Dartmoor Heather Brick is a glorious red brick that has been a perennial favourite with our customers for quite some time. The enduring qualities of this versatile brick are the reason why customers continuously ask for this particular brick over many others.

Wienerberger Peak Bordeaux Brick

The Wienerberger Peak Bordeaux brick is a glorious red multi brick that is ideal for so many building projects that require a naturally rustic looking red brick.

Why build with bricks

A home that has been constructed out of bricks displays more than just a style. The bricks allow you to offer a personal reflection of the people who live in the property. With bricks the designs are endless, there are so many wonderful finishes that can be achieved. You can transform your home into a beautiful, living experience with countless ways to have bricks make a real statement about the sort of person you are. It really depends on the sort of look and feel you want to achieve, a classic or modern design, one that is quietly understated with traditional lines or boldly announced in a look that could well be years into the future. The simple fact is that bricks, unlike any other building material can make for an unmistakably individual home.

Why use weathered bricks?

At ET Clay Products, we frequently receive enquiries from customers regarding weathered bricks. There are many reasons why a client will need bricks that have a weathered appearance. Probably the most obvious reason for wanting weathered bricks will be for an extension to an existing brick built building.