Monday, June 30, 2014

Bricks Begin (Another) New Life

Remember this?
I can't believe it's been 3 1/2 years since I found, dug-up, and stacked all of these bricks. We've known all along that we wanted to use them for a variety of landscaping projects - and we are finally underway! Last week during our mini vacation, Scott had 4 yards (translation:  a big ol' pile) of sand delivered then he began his a long-awaited project: adding two rows of pavers to extend the apron of the concrete driveway. Check out the progress!
Extending the driveway like this will make it easier to back out of the north garage stalls. The process began by digging out the dirt with a hoe, then layering in about 2 inches of sand.
Scott is using the heavier pavers for this project, leaving the lighter-weight bricks for a different use. The bricks were brought to noTTafarm from their former home in Omaha's Jobbers Canyon, a warehouse district torn out of downtown in the 1980s to make room for ConAgra's headquarters. These pavers would have interesting stories to tell about the early development of Omaha!
It took a little time to get started but once a few bricks were placed, it became easier to add more and keep them straight and flat.
Many of the pavers are stamped "Purington Paver," or "Purington Block" but we did discover one brick that is stamped "Des Moines" and another stamped "Buffalo."
After the bricks went down, Scott tamped down the soil on the outer edge. The leftover dirt is being used to fill some holes and trenches made from recent rain.
A dusting of sand fills the spaces between the bricks. After the rain we had Saturday night, we'll need to repeat this step.
To keep the curve neat, Scott used a more narrow paver - stamped "Capitol." Looking good so far!
Stay Tuned for More Progress!

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