An excellent way to create a sturdy, level underfoot surface in courtyards, patios or porches is with brick pavers. This classic look mixes perfectly with all different styles of architecture and decor. To install pavers, the exterior area must first be leveled and then a thin layer of sand is laid before the bricks are put in place. Once all bricks are set, another layer of sand is poured on top to fill the gaps and keep the bricks from shifting.
This soiree-worthy space, which also could provide greenspace for kids to play, is surrounded by bricks and mortar that match the Georgia home's exterior. The bold brick border, with two lines of brick laid straight on their sides in a double soldier course pattern, is designed by Landscape Studio.
HGTV Fixer Upper hosts Joanna and Chip Gaines updated the exterior of the home and enhanced its modern design by painting the brick light gray, adding natural wood support beams and updating the landscaping.
Floor-to-ceiling windows in the bonus room on top of the garage allow for better views of the yard. The main house, with its modern exterior, contrasts starkly with the cottage look of the carriage house.
For an easy fireplace upgrade you can do yourself, take a (web)page from Terri Klemm. The design pro and blogger transformed her dark and dated fireplace into something bright and beautiful by whitewashing the brick. Here’s how: White paint with an eggshell finish was brushed on in small sections, and then wiped down with rags to remove most of the paint. (She did two coats like this, to achieve the lightness she was looking for). For a finishing touch, she sanded over all the bricks with a medium grit sanding sponge. This brought touches of the original color through and gave her the rich texture she felt was missing after the whitewashing.
A large fire pit fits well in this spacious yard. The long brick frame can be approached from stairs on either side of the platform. String lights hanging in the trees create an intimate feel and contribute to the ambiance of the space.