This Site All Started With a PoolThis Site All Started With a Pool


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This Site All Started With a Pool

I'm Jake Johnson and installing a pool in my home was not easy. First, I had to make the decision. I live alone since my wife died a few years ago, and it seemed rather frivolous to spend money on a pool. I'm not old, but age was a bit of a factor. It seemed almost irresponsible and childish to want a pool at my age. After I committed, I had to find the right contractor. With so many variables (price, time, personality, etc.), it was a lot harder than I thought. Next, I had to work with the contractor to find the proper space and size and look. After months of construction, I had my pool, but then I had to learn a lot about the proper care and upkeep. Overall, though, my little foray into construction (even if I didn't do any of the really hard work) was informative and worthwhile!

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Got a Few Brick Pavers Left Over? Check Out These Fun Small Projects for Your Landscape

Once the contractor has left and your lovely brick patio, drive, or porch is laid, you may have a few extra brick pavers hanging around that you can play with in your landscape. These versatile bricks are a lot of fun to get creative with, and there are a ton of fun ideas online you can use to make something interesting. Here are juts a few crafty ways you should consider using up the rest of those brick pavers you have hanging around.

Paint the Pavers to Look Like Books for Literary Garden Accents

Do you consider yourself a fan of all things literary? Then why not add a touch of fictional fun to your flower garden, rock garden, or peony patch with a few brick pavers which have been painted to look like books from your favorite authors? This is a simple project, because all you need is a little spray paint, paint brushes, and craft paint or paint pens for lettering. Simply spray paint the brick in a solid color and add lettering details with craft paint once the spray paint is dry. Once your "books" are painted and dry, they can be stacked together in your landscape to add a true literary appeal in an unexpected spot. 

Create a Simple Bird Bath with Brick Pavers and a Large Bowl 

If you have several brick pavers on hand, you can stack them together to fashion an interesting bird bath that is bound to become a favorite component in your landscape. Pick a good level spot for your bird bath and stack the paving stones together until they look something like a narrow, freestanding chimney. Use a basic mortar mix to adhere the pavers one to the next and make sure the top of the formation is completely level. Situate a large glass bowl on the top of the structure you just created and adhere it to the bricks with a bit of permanent glue or epoxy. 

Craft Message and Inspiration Stones for Your Landscape

It is always fun to take a stroll through your landscape and see favorite quotes and sayings tucked between the gladiolas and evergreen bushes. Grab a paint marker with a thick tip and a few paving bricks that have been cleaned and thoroughly dried. Simply write your preferred quotes and inspirations on the bricks, allow them to dry, and then situate them throughout your landscape for a creative touch. 

If you don't have extra pavers lying around but would like to try these or other crafts, find some through a company like American Pressure Cleaning & Sealing.