|Project by MsDebbieP||posted 08-22-2008 08:08 PM||2505 views||0 times favorited||20 comments|
Aug 22, 2008
Last week it was like I won the lottery when I got the email from a member of one of our local Freecycle groups saying that I could have his extra bricks from his new house. He had a skid and a half of extra bricks. Builders didn’t want them and he just wasn’t getting around to using the bricks and so he passed them along to someone else—me!
Rick and I didn’t take the whole lot. I think we got about 500 new bricks. All it cost us was our manual labour and the gas for the 4 trips (2 there and 2 back – all an hour each).
Rick decided that since it was “Debbie” who wanted the bricks then it was Debbie who was going to have to put them down. DOH….
1) I’m not a perfectionist so my ‘good’ job was a long way from great
2) I had really no idea what I was doing, and
3) I had no idea what I really wanted.
So. First things first, I “needed” a raised area in front of the gazebo as the first step was too much for my 80 year old Mom. With that down I had more than enough to do the walkway from the house.
I might have enough still to complete the path to the gazebo but I’m not sure about that and I don’t want to pull up the cement pieces I have down already and then have to re-lay them after I run out of bricks. So I’m holding off.
When I was completed laying down the layer of sand and then placing the bricks in place, Rick made a wood barrier to run along the deck and one side of the walkway. This should keep things sturdy enough until the bricks settle.
It’s not perfect but it is nice!
-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada