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12 Creative Ways to Utilize Unused Pavers

January 23, 2018 by editor Comments are off

Brick walkways, walls, and patios can all be beautiful additions to your home’s outdoor space. However, you don’t need to use new bricks to create something awesome. If you have a pile of unused paving stones laying around, you can easily repurpose them into something great.

Here are a few ideas for what you can do with your old bricks.

Create a Brick Pathway. Use your old bricks to create a path through your garden, to your front door, or around your backyard.
Make an Outdoor Bench. Your old bricks can be the perfect foundation for an outdoor bench.
Build a Waterfall or Pond. You can use your old bricks to create a garden water feature.
Construct a Firepit. Use your bricks to create a firepit in your backyard.
Spruce Up Your Tree with a Tree Ring. Create a brick tree ring to give your trees a bit more curb appeal.
Build an Outdoor Fireplace. You can use your outdoor fireplace as a grill or a comfy place to hang out with the family.
Hide Planters. Creating brick boxes to hide your planters can help your potted plants fit seamlessly into your outdoor space.
Create an Herb Spiral. A brick herb spiral is a great way to show off your plants and herbs in a smaller space.
Line Your Walkway. Adding bricks to a stone or concrete walkway can make your space look more finished, improving your outdoor image.
Build a Birdbath Pedestal. Use old bricks to create a pedestal for your birdbath.
Edge Your Garden Beds. Bricks can help separate your garden from the rest of your yard and protect your soil.
Make Unique Planters. Old bricks can be beautifully repurposed into small plant holders or even candle holders.
Including your old bricks into your next outdoor project can help you create the home of your dreams. For additional tips on how to repurpose your old bricks, or if you’re looking for assistance throughout your project, contact Island Block & Masonry Supply at 631.443.4521. We can help you through your next outdoor project in the tri-state area.
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Simple Tips for Hillside Landscaping

January 13, 2018 by editor Comments are off

If you have a hillside in your backyard, you’ve probably been trying to dream up a few ways to make the space look better. While a hillside can be great for privacy, it isn’t the easiest to landscape. However, hillside landscaping doesn’t need to be difficult.

Let’s take a look at a few easy ways you can landscape your hillside, so you can have the beautiful backyard you’ve always dreamed of!

1. Do Proper Planning
Before you begin adding plants, shrubs, or flowers to your hillside, you want to get to know the land. Take a look at your unique space and identify any trees or rocks you’ll need to work around. You’ll also want to consider what happens when it rains. If you experience flooding, this could influence the plants you choose to include in your landscaping project.

2. Add Some Stairs
When you’re trying to maintain a hillside landscaping project, you need to ensure you’re able to reach plants throughout the entire hillside. Adding a pathway or stairs can make it easier for you to care for your plants.

3. Choose the Right Plants
Depending on how steep your slope is, you may need to worry about runoff or your plants struggling to take root. In order to ensure your hillside landscape lasts, be sure to include low-maintenance, solid elements. This may include trees, rocks, or other stone structures to help hold your soil.

4. Include a Retaining Wall
A retaining wall is another feature that can help your hillside landscape stay in place. By adding an extra layer of protection, a retaining wall can ensure your hillside landscape stays beautiful for a longer period of time. A retaining wall can also help your new landscape blend into your patio, backyard, and the design of the home.

For assistance with your next landscaping project, contact Island Block & Masonry Supply. We can help you design, create, and maintain the landscaping of your hillside, helping you to create the outdoor space of your dreams. To begin talking about your next project, you can give us a call at 631.443.4521.
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The Download: Kinds of Stone Pavers

November 28, 2017

Stone pavers are one of the most popular ways to create a new walkway, driveway, or patio. However, the term “stone paver” seems to be thrown around quite often. This can make it difficult to really understand what is considered a stone paver and what is not.

If you’re in the market for a new outdoor surface space, you’re probably trying to weigh all your options. Before you make a decision, let’s take an in-depth look at stone pavers, including the various kinds of stone pavers you may purchase.

What are Stone Pavers?
Stone pavers are a kind of paver, also frequently called paving stones. Stone pavers come from natural quarries, meaning they typically come in different shapes and sizes. Unlike bricks or concrete pavers, you don’t have control over the shape or size of stone pavers.

There are a few different kinds of stone pavers you may use. These include bluestone, cobblestone, and travertine. You may also choose to use limestone or granite. However, these options are typically more local.

Why Use Stone Pavers?
Stone pavers are a popular choice for a number of reasons. First, they add a beautiful touch to your outdoor space. Because stone pavers come from a natural source, they blend in well with the outdoors.

Stone pavers are also durable. When you choose to use stone pavers for your driveway, patio, or walkway, you know that it will last. Choosing stone pavers means you don’t need to worry about replacing your space in a few years.

Using a stone paver will also give you the freedom to create an entirely unique design. Because each stone is different, your stone paver space will look different from all others out there. When your stones aren’t created from a mold, your outdoor space is entirely unique.

Creating Your Next Project with Stone Pavers
If you want to add a stone paver project to your outdoor space, contact Island Block & Masonry Supply today. We can help you build the patio, driveway, or walkway of your dreams using stone pavers. To begin your next project in the tri-state area, contact us at 631.443.4521.
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What is Polymeric Sand?

November 12, 2017

If you’re remodeling or building a new patio, stone path, or other outdoor space, you may run into terms that you’re not familiar with. However, in order to ensure you create the best space possible, you want to be sure you understand exactly what you’re talking about.

One of the terms and products you may be unfamiliar with is polymeric sand. Let’s take a look at what polymeric sand is, when it should be used, and whether or not it is right for your next project.

What is Polymeric Sand?
Polymeric sand is a product frequently used to fill in the spaces between stone, brick, or concrete pavers. When this sand is mixed with water, it forms a binding agent that can help stabilize your new path.

Polymeric sand is frequently used as a replacement for traditional sand in the paver process. Unlike traditional sand, polymeric sand will form a strong bond in the cracks of your pavers, preventing it from washing away in a heavy rain. Polymeric sand can also deter weeds from growing between the cracks of the pavers.

When Should You Use Polymeric Sand?
Polymeric sand is a great addition to any paver project. If you’re looking to add more stability to your pavers, using polymeric sand can give you the additional support you need.

The addition of polymeric sand can also help if you’re having a weed or ant problem. Because polymeric sand forms a stronger bond, polymeric sand can help keep these unwanted pests out.

Polymeric sand is easy to use. It also comes in a variety of shades, allowing you to match the sand perfectly with the color of your pavers. This allows it to seamlessly fit into your outdoor space.

Using Polymeric Sand for Your Next Project
If you believe polymeric sand is right for your next project, contact us at Island Block & Masonry Supply. We pride ourselves on our customer-first approach, so we will always work with you to ensure you’re creating the best space possible for your home.

To start your next project in the tri-state community, contact our Long Island , NY showroom at 631.443.4521.
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Masonry and Landscape Materials: Gravel
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October 28, 2017 by editor Comments are off

There are a number of masonry materials that homeowners, commercial property managers and business owners can choose to add hardscaping elements to the property. While the choices are many, not every material is an appropriate fit for every application.

Gravel has a wide array of applications, and many property owners choose to use gravel as the primary ground hardscaping element in their landscape, or incorporate the material into their plans in some way. Why? Gravel and small stones are a relatively quick and easy way to create a functional and design-friendly path, driveway, patio or the like. The use of loose-material hardscaping, such as gravel can be used in basically any area of your yard, and usually is much faster option than many other products.

Poured concrete has the potential to be a complicated, “painful” process, so gravel is much simpler. People can even choose to create a pathway with gravel, and use some stepping stones, or round or square aggregate pavers to create a more even footpath for their families and guests.

An advantage of gravel is that is a great option for area that can see heavy rains and need a material to led the rain through, help to drain and not to collect. The ease of permeability enables gravel to be a sound option for people concerned about water collection and runoff on their property.

Gravel usually “performs” best when there is a border or rigid edge surrounding the area in which it is laid. This prevents the gravel pieces from spreading throughout the yard, as sometimes you may have some kids or pets come crashing through and creating a bit of a mess.

All of that being said, gravel may not be the most high end choice when it comes to curb appeal, but it does the trick. Tri state area residents should definitely keep in mind that gravel isn’t a good fit for driveways and patios since we experience harsh winters with plenty of snow – and it’s not easy to remove snow from gravel…without taking all of the gravel with it!

Come visit us at Island Block & Masonry Supply, we will help you determine which material is best for your own project.
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Softscaping and Hardscaping: Striking a Balance
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October 12, 2017 by editor Comments are off

As a masonry supply company that also offers paving stones and other materials, we are serious about outdoor remodeling and maximizing space to fit the needs of families, businesses and commercial property managers.

Whether you need a paving stone patio, retaining wall to correct the slope of an overwhelmingly large piece of property or masonry materials to complete a commercial project, our goal is to help customers make informed decisions.

Regardless of your needs, we make sure you walk out of Island Block & Masonry Supply knowing you have chosen the highest quality materials and with references for experienced, hard-working contractors in the tri state area that will help you get the job done, and done well in a timely manner.

There are two aspects of landscape design. Many people don’t realize that property design isn’t all about plants, bushes and flowers, there are also other elements that drive the makeup of a property.

Creating the ideal landscape

Hardscape and softscape are the two elements. So, what’s the difference? Both are essential to create the perfect landscape, but simply put, they are opposites. Both terms have gained popularity in recent years as the use of hardscaping elements becomes more widespread due to the material’s minimal maintenance requirements and unmatched curb appeal.

Balancing the two is important. Too much landscaping, and it may look like you need a sword to slice through a green jungle to get to the front door, and too much hardscaping can give a house’s property a commercial look, like it’s an office building, not a cozy home.

Below, we have listed some common hardscaping and softscaping elements to give you a better idea of what features fall under each category.


Paving stones, gravel and the like are categorized as hardscaping materials; so hardscaping is technically “hard, but it can be movable.

Hardscaping does not change with the seasons, it is solid and inanimate.

Patios and paths, retaining walls and benches, water features and outdoor kitchens are all hardscaping features.


Living and growing parts of your property’s landscape, possibly including flowers, trees, shrubs and things of that sort.

Softscaping changes depending on the climate.

Usually softscaping is actually “soft.”

At Island Block & Masonry Supply, we pride ourselves on customer-first approach, and have a passion for providing our patrons with sound advice on any hardscaping or masonry question. Thank you to the tri state community for their business.
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Considerations in Driveway Design

August 27, 2017

Whether you’re building a new home or your driveway just needs some sprucing up, designing a driveway can be more work than you think. When it comes to creating a smooth, long-lasting surface, you want to ensure you’re making the right decision.

There are a number of components you need to consider when designing your driveway. Let’s take a look at a few of the most important.

1. Your Budget

Although there are a number of driveway options, you need to consider which work with your budget. Because each option will come at a different price point, you want to know how much you’re willing to spend on your new driveway before you get started. Outline a clear budget before you begin any work to ensure you don’t run into any surprises.

2. Material Durability

When you select your driveway material, you want to ensure it can withstand anything life throws at it. For the tri-state area, this means considering how weather may cause it to breakdown. A professional paver will help you create a driveway that allows for expansion, ensuring your new driveway can make it through the freeze and thaw cycle without damage.

3. Maintenance

Understanding the maintenance requirements of the materials you select is also important. Because you will want to know exactly what you’ll be required to do to maintain your driveway, do your research about potential materials before you make a selection. If you’re looking for a material with minimal maintenance, be sure to let your paver know.

4. Look and Feel

Although it may not seem like it, your driveway is a major feature of your house. If you select a material or design that you don’t love, you’re going to need to spend a lot of time looking at it each day. Consider the look and feel of your driveway when coming up with your new driveway design.

For additional help creating a driveway you’ll love for years to come, contact Island Block & Masonry Supply. We serve the tri-state area with all their paving, concrete, and masonry needs. To begin discussing your next project, give us a call at 631.443.4521.
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Paving Stone Pathway Ideas

August 7, 2017

As a homeowner, you’re probably always looking for new ways to spruce up your outside space. One of the best ways to do that is with a stone pathway. However, when you’re looking to add a new walkway to your outdoor space, you want to make it entirely your own.

There are a number of different ways you can add a stone pathway. Here are a few ideas to make your stone pathway unique.

1. Use Unique Shapes

When selecting the stones for your pathway, you don’t need to stick to traditional circles or squares. Because you can find stones in a variety of shapes and sizes, you can truly make your stone pathway unique to you and your personality. Try something creative, such as leaf-shaped stones, for a pathway that is all your own.

2. Alternate Materials

If you can’t decide between bricks or stones, why not have both? When creating your stone pathway, you can alternate between materials to create a unique pattern that stands out. You can even get more creative by using these different materials to create shapes or designs within your pathway.

3. Use Greenery

When you’re adding a stone pathway into your garden or outside your home, you want it to appear as natural as possible. To make your stone pathway fit in a bit better with its grassy surroundings, use moss, plants, or other small plants between cracks. Grassy elements can make your stone pathway look like it’s always been a part of your outdoor space.

4. Keep it Simple

A simple stone path can mix well in any garden or outdoor area. Use gravel, stone, or brick to create a classic stone path that will last through many different curb appeal changes. You can add greenery to spruce it up or leave it simple for a clean look.

If you’re looking to add a stone pathway, you want to ensure it is professionally done. For a beautiful addition to your outdoor space that you’ll be proud to show off, contact us at Island Block & Masonry Supply. We serve the Long Island, Nassau County, and Suffolk County communities. Contact us at 631.443.4521 to begin talking about your next project.
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Keeping Paver Hardscaping in Top Shape

July 8, 2017

Spring may signify “rebirth” but it seems that summertime is when everything in the great outdoors grows like a weed, especially weeds! With proper installation it is unlikely weeds will pop up between paving stones, but keeping control of your yard and the various plant life and wildlife (meaning kids, family and company) may mean you have to do more cleaning up during the summer months than any other time of year, especially in the tri state area, where the summers are the time for outdoor fun.

While it is uncommon for weeds or grass to sprout up in the spaces of your paving stone patio or walkway, there’s an easy fix that most pros swear by: a bit a white vinegar and a touch of dish soap in a spray bottle. This mixture will eliminate any vegetation that has tried to make itself known and also will curb any mold growth.

For most homeowners, it’s common practice to keep a clean outdoor space. This means that your patio, walkway and other outdoor areas are swept clean of dirt and leaves. Less clutter means it’s less likely that grass seeds or anything of the like will sprout. A little sweeping on a regular basis can save you a lot of hassle over time.

Spraying your paver patio with a hose (with a nice adjustable spray nozzle attached at the end) now and then will help keep the pavers clean and free of debris. Between kids and pets tracking dirt around, and little critters here and there, your patio or walkway is bound to get a little messy when everyone is spending more time outdoors. A quick spray on a low setting will wash dirt away. If necessary, take some hot water and a touch of dish soap to lightly scrub any areas where dirt has settled in.

At Island Block & Masonry Supply, we strive to provide our customers with the best advice and guidance to maintain their paving stones for a lifetime. We pride ourselves on our longstanding customer-focused reputation and we love helping you! We are very appreciative to the tri state community for their business and thank our loyal, longtime patrons as well as newbies to our Long Island showroom.
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Fire Pit Features for Family Fun

March 27, 2017 by editor Comments are off

Whether you find your family constantly entertaining company or are in need of a way to warm up without heading indoors on chilly summer nights, a fire pit can help set any mood and solve a variety of problems.

From roasting marshmallows, to sitting by the fire with a glass of wine or with children telling ghost stories, the fire pit kits and outdoor fireplaces we sell at Island Block & Masonry Supply will enable you and your family to build memories in your home you will remember for years to come.

And of course, it’s not just during windy nights in the warm-weather months that a fire pit may be of use. If you and your family are fans of hanging outdoors in the colder months, fireplaces are all the better to gather in front of and drink hot cocoa and make s’mores after some playing in the cold air.

Oftentimes, we see families here in our showroom who would love a fire feature in their outdoor space but don’t quite know where to put it, or they are concerned about the safety of having it around in cases where young children reside at the home.
Our staff is extremely knowledgeable in all things relating to the installation and care of the masonry supplies and paving stone collections and product lines we sell. As for things out of our realm of expertise, we refer you to experts and engineers who can help you make the most sound decision when it comes to safely installing and using the end project.

Environmental concerns have come up at times, as again, we always have the finest resources to point you toward for you to converse with and help you make your decision.

So, no more running for your towel after getting out of the pool! Stand by the fire with a cozy towel or blanket and dry off in the soft glow of your outdoor fireplace. Ambiance created from outdoor features like waterfalls, fountains, fire pits and lighted pathways can all be achieved with paving stones products that we have here in our Long Island showroom, convenient to all of the tri state area.
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