In many ways, laying bricks whether for an exterior protective wall, around a patio area in the back garden or surrounding a fireplace does much to enhance the overall aesthetic. London brickwork has become somewhat of a tradition, with the capital known for its outstanding classic buildings that make an architecturally strong statement but also stand the test of time too.
Here are a few ways that using brickwork creatively can improve the overall appearance of your home.
Fireplaces as a Focal Point
A well-designed fireplace is a centrepiece in the living room area. It brings people into the space to feel the warmth, see the lick of the flames behind the safety grate and appreciate the brickwork surrounding it. Having quality bricks as the backdrop to a fireplace is a non-combustible material that makes the fireplace safer. The bricks don’t heat up as the temperature of the fire rises because they’ve been heat treated already. Their rich colour also nicely matches the flickering orange and red hues of the fireplace too.
The brick surround can also provide a protection ring around the fireplace area to keep the kids at a safe distance from the heat of the flames. It’s a good idea to have a fire iron poker stick to poke the fire to stir the embers to keep it going and spread the warmth throughout the living room on cold winter nights.
Decoration, Functional Brickwork
A wall surrounding your property serves several purposes. It provides a natural protective barrier from the street. It makes it clearer where the property boundaries are between one piece of land and the next. Also, it’s an invitation to people about to pull into the driveway on a visit or when you get home from a long day at the office because you know that you own every one of those bricks which were carefully laid by experienced bricklayers.
Unlike with painted walls, London brickwork doesn’t fade. It lasts many years when well produced by talented bricklayers. Getting the right cement mixture to hold the wall together securely and laying every brick correctly to produce a solid foundation for a taller wall are things to look out for. Experienced bricklayers like Abbey Brickwork that provide both residential and commercial bricklaying and blockwork improve the overall appearance of property by giving it both shape and form.
Sitting out to catch the last few sunrays of the day after a long day at work is a British pastime. Being able to enjoy our gardens, lazing on the patio enjoying the quiet of the late afternoon or evening is a real treat. Patios are often made with careful stone laying and brickwork surrounding it. Whether to line a path or to create a border from the patio to the lush garden beneath, using brickwork to punctuate the patio design only serves to enhance it while giving it an urban feel.
There are many ways that excellent brickwork accentuates the rest of a home. Whether to add an extra element to a fireplace, as part of a patio’s design or to separate property borders, brickwork well executed only enhances the visuals a home already possesses.