Bricks are a popular choice for home building projects; they’re strong, durable and easy to work with, as well as appealing to look at. Reclaimed handmade bricks in particular have a great aged appearance that’s hard to achieve with newer materials.

So whether you live in a contemporary new build, or a country cottage, reclaimed bricks could be the perfect choice for a wide range of home improvement projects.

Feature walls

exposed brick stone

Exposed brick walls are a great way to add warmth and character to a room. Incorporating brick into your interiors is an effective way to create a feature wall that’s bold and eye-catching, without overpowering the rest of the room. Devon based architects, Van Ellen + Sheryn used a red brick wall to beautifully contrast and add a more traditional element to this otherwise very modern home.

Fireplaces

contemporary living with exposed brick

Similarly to the brick wall, a brick fireplace can be a great way to bring feelings of warmth and comfort into a space. Leaving the bricks exposed will create a more rustic looking feature, while painting them a neutral colour (like in the above photo from Bernardo Grijalva Photography) creates the cosy atmosphere, while maintaining the overall sleek, contemporary theme of the room.

 

Walled gardens

Walled stone walls Yorkshire

 Rustic, reclaimed handmade bricks work beautifully in walled gardens, such as this one from Design Focus. The red brick used to build the wall is a striking focal piece that contrasts well with the green of the foliage surrounding it. And red bricks work especially well in the garden when used alongside a Yorkshire flagstone path.

Raised seating areas

contemporary patio

Bricks are strong, durable and weatherproof, making them ideal for building a raised outdoor seating area. However, new bricks can be very bright in colour, so using reclaimed will soften the structure and help it blend into its surroundings a little more easily. Emmett Russell Architects used brick and light wood to create this peaceful contemporary patio in Vauxhall.

Feeling inspired?

If you’re planning any home improvement projects, call Abacus Stone Sales on 07711 99 70 26 and we can supply all the reclaimed handmade bricks you need.

Or if you require help deciding the type of brick or stone you need, we provide a stone matching service to make sure you find the perfect materials for your project.