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When it comes to enhancing the appeal and functionality of our outdoor spaces, few things compare to the transformative power of brick and hardscapes. Hardscapes provide lasting beauty and value to your cherished outdoor spaces and are endlessly customizable to every taste. 

concrete masonry units safestWhen tourists visit Rome, the Colosseum and Pantheon are always must-see sites. They are nearly 2,000 years old, so how are they still standing after all these years? The answer is concrete. The ancient Romans knew that concrete structures would persist and outlast.

If you’re looking to add some timeless charm to your outdoor landscaping this spring, look no further than flagstone products from Buckingham Slate. For over 150 years, Buckingham Slate has provided some of the nation’s most prestigious locations with its famous blue-black stone.

It’s never been easier to bring the benefits of slate to your personal outdoor spaces. Boxley Block, Brick and Hardscapes now carries the iconic Virginia product at our Roanoke and Lynchburg locations. Keep reading to gather ideas about how slate flagstone could work for you!

Many WilliamsOpportunities for women in construction are on the rise! While women make up only a small portion of the construction industry, the tide could be turning as we look to the future. In fact, according to a study conducted by the National Association of Women in Construction, 71% of survey respondents believe that opportunities are increasing for women in construction. At Boxley Brick & Hardscapes, we think that’s great news.

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When buying or owning a home, it’s easy to feel that curb appeal is less important than things like energy efficiency or durability. But nothing could be further from the truth. According to a study published in in The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, curb appeal can add up to 14% on your sale price. Even if you don’t plan on selling anytime soon, investing in your home’s aesthetic pays off.  

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If you’re like most people, you try to find ways to reduce your footprint and be a good steward of the planet. Maybe you recycle, or bike to work but did you know that your conservation efforts can extend to home construction too? If you’re looking for a more sustainable home that’s gentler on the planet, look no further than brick. 

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Fire, winds, and storms can pose a powerful threat to homeowners and undermine the safety of houses and the people inside. One of the best precautions you can take against these hazards is choosing brick construction for your home. In study after study, brick stands up against these all-too-common dangers as compared to vinyl or fiber cement.

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Brick homes have a classic elegance and undeniable curb appeal. Maybe you’ve found yourself admiring a traditional red brick ranch or a tasteful white brick cape cod but are unsure if you could afford a similar home for yourself. The fact is brick costs much less than you might think. Thanks to its aesthetic value and durability, brick is an investment that will continue to pay dividends over the lifetime of your home.  

Design Trend Architectural Brick

You may have seen it in the line snagging your morning latte: long, thin elegant brick on the coffee shop building. This is architectural brick and it is a major trend in commercial and residential projects.

3 Ideas to Refresh Your Chimney or Fireplace Surround

A beautiful fireplace can make a statement and elevate your space from “so-so,” to stunning. Maybe you’ve been dreaming about a fireplace makeover but you’re not sure where to start.  If so, we’ve got great news!  Refreshing your fireplace and chimney makes a great DIY project and can be accomplished with the right products, a little know-how, and some elbow grease.  Whether you’re a seasoned DIY-er with a Pinterest board full of ideas, or a novice to home-improvement projects, adding beautiful stone or fireplace brick to your space is within reach.   

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