Blog Example for Real Estate Site

Over The Top Marketing does everything it can to get relevant eyeballs on your site. One feature it provides to get the most out of a URL is to create unique blogs that help drive traffic and raise the profile of the site in a Google search.

What follows is an example of a blog written for Coldwell Banker Town & Country for its site in Redlands, Calif.  It’s a good read, with excellent subject matter information, regardless of the city it’s about. It’s an example of the quality of work you can expect from Over The Top. This blog was written by Vincent Aviani.

Lego Builder - ekmal hairi licensed under CC by 4.0 - FlickrHOW TO CREATE A BRICK PATIO LIKE A PROFESSIONAL

Whether you live in a five-bedroom home in Redlands or a small two-bedroom house near Claremont, there is a good chance you have places around your yard that are unfinished with patches of dirt. One of the best ways to add a little pizzazz and additional value to your yard is by creating a nice brick area over the raw dirt. Believe it or not, one of the biggest myths in the world of do-it-yourself is that you need to hire a masonry professional to create a beautiful brick surface. The fact is, that with a few tools, some patience and a little knowledge, you can create a beautiful bricked area for barbeques, landscaping effect, or to place a nice lounge chair.

Go With A Flexible Pavement Design For Your First Time

While many people use cement or mortar for their brick design, the fastest and easiest way to lay bricks is using what masons call the “flexible pavement” method.

Basically, this means that you will be placing your bricks directly on a bed of compacted sand or compressed stone. By laying the bricks directly on top of the gravel, sand or stone base, the bricks actually are anchored by the friction of the adjoining brick. For better results, you can even sweep some sand between the cracks of the bricks in order to create more stability. One of the great things about this method is that it allows you to remove or redesign your brickwork any time you want! However before you begin your brick design, there are a few things you need to do in order to make your brickwork look like a pro installed it!

Dig Out Some Dirt, Flatten and Add A Border

In order to get a nice, uniformed look, it may be necessary to dig out about an inch of dirt around where you plan to lay your brick. This will make your bricks much more stable and better looking. Then flatten the dirt by repeatedly scraping it with a 2×4, ensuring the entire area is level and even. For the best results, create a border out of lumber that looks nice and fits together evenly.

Add A Layer of Sand To Your Leveled Area

The next step is to simply pour about an inch of sand in your area. Then very carefully with a rake, spread the sand out nice and evenly so that your bricks will simply settle into the sand.

Lay Your Brick, Sweep Some Sand On Top, and Water

With a level, perfectly graded top layer of sand, you are ready to lay your bricks. Be careful to not cut or smash your fingers as you lay your bricks. To add extra caution, plan on wearing a good pair of gardening gloves when moving the bricks.  Once your brick pattern is complete, simply sweep over the cracks with some loose sand, and water. Before you know it, you will have transformed that tired piece of dirt into a work of art!

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Martin Henderson

Martin Henderson is editor at Over The Top Marketing; he spent 18 years at the Los Angeles Times and, in 2013 while working for Patch.com, was named Online Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club.

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