If you’ve been reading for any length of time, you might have noticed that I have a bit of  a black thumb. Oh, you didn’t know? I’ve killed succulents, aloe, pothos, azaleas, and most of all- grass. If there’s anything that I’ve tried and failed at more than growing grass…yeah, can’t think of anything…

Our front yard is a veritable wasteland of burned pee spots and clover. I’m not proud, I’m just keeping it real. I’ve seeded and seeded until the entire hill next to the house is lush and green, courtesy of heavy rains which wash the seed away from my flat front yard.

I’m calling it quits. I’ve decided to dig up the yard and put in a patio. And not just because I saw my neighbors do it.

But it did make it easier to visualize.

As you can probably gather, pavers for a patio can be expensive and our space is fairly large. I knew it’d be more of a “in the future…” project than a “let’s knock it out this weekend” kind of deal. But, a random encounter with some pallets of bricks at the Habitat Home Store with my friend Amy prompted me to tell her of my plans.

“Ooooh!” I squealed. “So this is where people get all those fabulous reclaimed bricks for patios and whatnot.”

“Dude, you want bricks?” Amy replies. ( I love her directness) “There’s a ton of them at our house, it’s crazy. Some tenant before us left them behind or something.”

I felt like I got hit with a ton of bricks, but in a good way. Major score. Even if there aren’t enough, it will certainly cut the cost, and I won’t have to use the square no-personality pieces of cement that I was planning on using (because I’m cheap).

So, my dear readers: if a pile of free bricks landed on your head and you miraculously survived, what pattern would you use to make a patio?



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Classic Runningbond


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What do you think?


7 Responses

  1. Ashley @ DesignBuildLove.co

    THAT’S AWESOME!!! Free is great! I would totally rock the herringbone pattern, but the basket weave is nice too. I just really like the modernness of the herringbone. :) Either way, it’s going to look great!!!

  2. Kayla

    I love the basketweave and herringbone designs! That’s so awesome that everything just fell into your lap…can’t wait to see the finished patio!

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