April 13th 2021
Bricks aren't just for building houses.
If you've got some leftover bricks you may be wondering what to do with them.
Alternatively, when planning your building project, you could add some extra bricks to your order to build an extra garden feature when you're done.
Got bricks to spare but you're unsure on the best way to make use of them? We've got 7 ideas here.
Need bricks? Well, we can help with that too. Be sure to get in touch with us, and we'll help you find exactly what you're after.
Pizza ovens are a popular DIY project for people who love to entertain. We've talked about them on the blog before.
As warmer weather approaches, having an outdoor oven to cook your own rustic homemade pizza is a winning addition to the garden.
Building one is not for absolute beginners but it's certainly an achievable DIY project. They also don't require too many bricks but you may want to use fire bricks for part of the construction.
Although not essential, a metal door on the front can make the oven more effective and an outer coating of render may increase the rustic aesthetic.
Similar to the idea above, this is great for entertaining people in the garden. You can use it simply as a source of heat and light or you could cook food on it.
For a long-lasting fire pit, you should get fire bricks for the interior. You won't need too many of these. One leaf of bricks standing on soldiers should be enough for a regular sized pit.
You'll need to dig out the space for your pit in the garden, leaving a hole about 8 inches deep and levelled off at the bottom. Following this, lay a concrete footing and place the firebricks in a circle, making sure to leave a gap at one point for air to flow into the fire.
Complete the exterior by laying facing bricks and finish with a top lip (bricks on their sides) for an impressive looking feature.
Of course, it's important to take care to build it safely but also securely. Use mortar to secure the bricks and maintain long term strength.
One of the more common uses for bricks in the garden is putting up a garden wall.
We compared brick walls with wooden fences in this post. Both have their advantages but there are a number of areas where brick walls make serious headway.
These benefits include the fact they last significantly longer, provide greater privacy and even add more value to your home.
Most importantly though they just look fantastic! Whether you go big and have a high wall or go for a brick/fence combo, brick can add some real character to your back garden.
You may need planning permission to erect one, depending on your circumstances so it's worth checking this first. However, if your wall doesn't form a boundary with a road or footpath and doesn't exceed 2 meters you should be fine.
If you have different levels to your garden, you may want to put in some steps.
Some simple brick steps can make an attractive feature and make it quicker and easier to walk around.
Many back gardens have a patio or decking directly behind the house which then transitions up to or down to a grass area. It's here that brick steps can prove invaluable.
Creating them is fairly simple, you just need to carefully dig out the space required and lay the bricks in a neat fashion, using mortar to keep them set. Look online for decent examples of this.
Depending on the size of your garden you may be able to create separate sections.
Even average sized gardens can be partitioned with foliage, flowers, fences and of course, bricks. This can almost create separate rooms, to enjoy when the weather permits.
Using bricks to create a small walled courtyard, herb garden or 'secret' garden adds bags of character. The secret garden is particularly fun for kids to explore or can make a nice reading nook.
Again, you may need planning permission, depending on the size required, and this will certainly require more bricks than some of the ideas here but it's perfectly doable. Just make sure you dig deep foundations!
Footpath's running through a garden are a common garden feature. Making one out of brick is a popular and achievable option and can provide a lot of character.
What it looks like will largely depend on the type of bond you use. The bond is how the bricks fit together, creating a recurring pattern.
Something which is popular for paths but not as popular in buildings (because it's harder to achieve) is the Herringbone bond. This is where bricks sit in an L shape, at a right angle to each other, creating a zig-zag pattern when complete.
Alternatively, there are any number of other bonds you could go with, including the traditional stretcher bond.
...or anything that needs an edge for that matter, such as a brick path. You don't need many bricks to do this which makes it easy to add.
If you've got flower beds at the edge of your garden you may want to add something to denote the barrier between the lawn and the bed.
One way of doing this is having each brick at a 45° angle, creating a tooth like pattern around the edge when finished.
Of course, it doesn't end there. You can achieve a lot with bricks, you just need to be a little creative. But we think these ideas are all winners.
You can buy brand new bricks especially for these projects or you could try getting reclaimed bricks. These often have a bit of character built in, from their previous life, so this may be right up your street.
Whether you're buying bricks for a large project and want extra for the garden or you're looking specifically to add something to the garden, let us know and we'll help you find what you're looking for.