The house next to ours is a mess…I know you’re probably wondering how that could even be possible knowing how much of a mess our house is, but the house next door has been vacant for 2 years. It was never winterized. Mold abounds over there. We had hoped from the day we moved in that someone would buy that house to remodel and live in and therefore have way more DIY knowledge than we do that we could be friends with.
As luck would have it, that’s exactly what happened. Our new neighbors bought their house a few months ago. They are using it for their “kids have left the nest house” and they have built several houses by themselves over the years. They didn’t want to start from scratch this time, so they took on the challenge. One of the first things they tackled was a drainage problem in the back yard. In the process, they removed all of their landscaping bricks. As time went on, we became friends and last week we asked what he was planning for all of the bricks. Turns out, he had plans to crush them up and use them as fill and offered them to us if we wanted them.
Notice a large pile of bricks on the left…I can’t see over our fence, so I just stuck my hand up and took a photo. I didn’t review it until just now and realized I centered on a giant pile of deck wood, which is not part of this story. Anyway, a lot of bricks.
The prospect of not having to go to the store, make multiple trips, purchase and haul landscaping bricks had us excited, so we got out the wheelbarrow and moved about 300 landscaping bricks into our yard. What are we planning to do with them?
1) Landscape the back of the house – we have some grading/fill issues on the back of our house and the landscaping bricks will help it look finished
This looks a bit of a disaster, eh? We just plopped ‘em down to see how they might look. We don’t want to actually do any landscaping until after the house gets painted. Our goal is to make this all slope away from the house how it should and level it off.
2) Build a paver fire pit- I’m in love with these and after reading several tutorials, have determined they are not hard at all to make. We’ve gone on long enough without one and we’re dying for a fire pit for the fall months.
It’s a work in progress. Long term we’re planning on putting up a deck, so we don’t want to have to move the firepit if at all possible.
3) Landscape the garden – the garden is a former shrub cemetery, I am not sure what they planted their originally, but it’s weird and full of weeds so next year I’m ready to till it up and actually plant a garden. I wanted some fresh dirt to mix in, so an excuse to add some more will be great!
I can’t wait until this time next year when I’m harvesting some lovely garden veggies and not staring at a pit o’ weeds. Don’t mind Steve, he’s digging a drainage trench.
4) Paver sidewalk – the side of our house by the garage is really uneven and unattractive. Our neighbor had several large pavers that used to be part of a deck patio that we are going to use for our new sidewalk/walk way.
I love the slate look of these and think they’ll be excellent by the garage.
It’s going to be a LOT of work and neither of us is great with landscaping, but it’s amazing how just laying the bricks out makes everything look so much more organized and breaks up the visual nothingness…plus, it takes attention a way from the sad state of our grass…
Has anyone built a paver fireplace that I should see? How about a paver sidewalk? Any good plants you love in your landscaping?? We need all the help we can get on this one!