Learn How To Make Your Mailbox Stand Out By Creating A Brick Pillar Around It

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The first thing that people see when they pull up to a house is often the mailbox. If you want to give your home some character and make it easier to find, you may want to consider customizing your mailbox to make it stand out from the other boxes on the street. A great way to do that is to create a brick base around the mailbox to give it an elegant look. The guide below walks you through the process for creating a brick pillar around the mailbox.

Determine How Tall the Mailbox Stands

The first thing you need to do is determine how tall the mailbox stands. You will be keeping the mailbox on the post and placing bricks around it to create the pillar. Measure from the ground to the top of the mailbox and then add four inches to the measurement. You need to add the extra inches to account for the bricks that will go over the top of the mailbox and the concrete mortar that will go between the bricks.

Purchase the Bricks

Next, you need to go to a brick distributor to purchase the bricks that you will be using to create the pillar. When you go to a brick distributor, there will be many different options available to you. Choose the bricks that you like the best and then measure the thickness of the brick. You will need the bricks to go up all four sides of the mailbox so multiply the height of the mailbox by four and then divide that number by the thickness of the bricks to determine how much you need to purchase.

Create the Pillar

Flatten the ground around the mailbox as much as you can. Lay four bricks around the post of the mailbox to create the base of the pillar. Be sure that all of the ends of the bricks are touching to form a square. Use a trowel to place concrete mortar on top of the first layer of bricks and then add another layer on top of those. Repeat the process until you reach the bottom of the mailbox opening. At this point, you do not want to add any more bricks to the front of the mailbox. Continue up the sides and the back until they all meet. You want to leave the front of the mailbox open so that the mailman can easily deliver your mail to you.

When the brick pillar is complete, you will need to use a drill to drill holes into the bricks and attach your house numbers to the pillar. This will ensure that your home is easy to identify when the mailman comes to deliver your mail. Don't feel comfortable renovating your mailbox on your own? Contact a business like Hofmann Concrete Construction LLC.   

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