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June 2017 Newsletter – Joe: 75 and not out! Coachhouse bricks and more.

Meet Joe.

Joe’s one of our sales team members, in his 70’s and still giving 100%! Many of our customers will know Joe for his great sense of humour and infectious like-ability. He will always tell you straight, give great advice and make sure you crack a smile. He’ll have a coffee and chat with anyone as if they’re a long time friend, whether it’s a potential customer or not, he’s just got that kind of warm personality and genuine interest in people.
We sat down with Joe to ask him a few questions about how he keeps his youthful energy and manages to still be 75 and not out! You can watch the video below or read the transcript of our conversation.

Transcript:
‘A Chat With Joe’
Introduce yourself!
J: I’m Joe Coleiro and I’ve worked at Littlehampton Bricks and Pavers approximately 11 years.
How do you stay so young and active?
J: I’ll be 75 in May and I think passion comes within you. I enjoy people. I enjoy talking to people and trying to help people.
Has anything changed in the industry since you started?
J: One of the things in the industry that’s changed since I’ve been in it is the way they manufacture bricks nowadays. Most other companies just don’t do what we do. For example sort bricks by hand so that we make sure the product is 100%. We don’t just get them out of the kiln, wrap them up and send them out.
In order to move forward you have to be innovative. An example of that is that we are now trying to produce what we call a ‘slither’ (ultra slim face-only brick), so that they can be stick on or tilted up to a building.
What was your first project?
J: I think the first project I did was with Con Bastiras (Architect), he built a house with our coachhouse which was at Hyde Park. He’s used us a couple of times and since then it took off. That sort of brick (Coachhouse) is unique, and this is why it’s so popular.
Any advice for people building?
J: The advice I would give to people if they’re building -and I will be building very shortly as well- is to do their homework and see exactly what they really want. As far as colours and type of products. For these sort of items they should really ‘take stock’ and what they choose is gonna stay with them for the rest of their lives pretty well. So you’ve got to be very careful with what you do, whether it’s internal in the building or external.
Any final ‘words of wisdom’?
J: The only advice is to make sure you listen, that’s the advice I give to everybody. Whether you’re producing or selling. You gotta make sure you listen to what people are saying so then you produce what people want. And it’s come to bare too with Melbourne now. We send a lot of bricks to Melbourne and it’s coachhouse. That has taken off very well in Melbourne as well. So it shows that particular brick will never go out of fashion.
Thanks for the chat Joe and congrats on the milestone of 75 and not out! We hope you stay with us for a few more!!

 

Project of the month.

This month we’ve chosen a project using the brick Joe spoke about a lot: Coachhouse. It’s one of our darker colours and lends itself to a lot of modern architectural designs.
Given it’s unique, stylish chocolate, charcoal and brown tones it’s no wonder it’s so popular. Below are a few photos from projects using the coachhouse brick.
The below photos were sent to us by one of our distributors in Victoria: Hume Bricks and Pavers.
Their website – humebrickspavers.com.au

Have you got photos of a project you completed using our products? Send your photos to us! We’d love to feature them.
Email to: sales@littlehamptonbrick.com.au

 

Welcome!

Welcome to our new account customers: Adamo Building Concepts Pty Ltd,
Specialized Homes, Washington Constructions Pty Ltd, Niche Homes, The Relaxed Garden.

 

Thanks for reading our June 2017 newsletter and supporting Australian manufacturing and Australian business.
We look forward to speaking with you! Our phone number is 08 8391 1855 or you can email us at: sales@littlehamptonbrick.com.au or visit our showroom. More details can be found on our contact us page.

May Newsletter – ‘Fred’ Retires, Memory Lane and POTM

Welcome to May’s E-Newsletter! In this issue we look at: Fred’s ‘retirement’, A visual trip down memory lane, The Product of the Month; ASH

‘Front-End Fred’ retires

(at least from Littlehampton Brick Co!)

As some of you may know, retirements are very rare here and Littlehampton Brick Co, with many of our employees having clocked up 20+ years! Remember Edga’s 30 years article a couple of months ago?
Our front-end loader (or as we like to call him ‘Front-end Fred’) is one such team member. We can’t remember the exact date Fred ‘started’ but we know it was a long, long time ago! He has served faithfully throughout the years and moved more clay, sand, grit, and other materials than even his manfacturers probably thought possible!

Alas, it’s finally time for Fred to move on.. No, he’s not retiring totally.. Fred is still well-maintained so we will likely be selling Fred in the coming months to go to work in a nice new home! Here’s a few photos we snapped of Fred on his last day;

freds last day

Fred 4 rd-1

As for Fred’s replacement?

A fresh new machine from CAT will be taking on the workload of Fred’s position. Here’s some images of him arriving at the yard fresh and clean (which is unlikely to last with all this clay around the place!)

new digger arrivesnew digger 2 rd-1

A trip down memory lane

Photos from the archives..

There’s over 100 years of history at littlehampton brick co.. And every image tells a different story. Every now and then it’s nice to review how far we’ve come. Enjoy these photos from our archives.

Product of the Month: ASH

Modern Grey from Natural Clay

If you missed our newsletter in 2015 when we officially introduced ASH you can view it here

Ash is the first grey range from Littlehampton Brick Co. More and more architects, designers and home owners are wanting to have modern grey tones, without having to use concrete products. Thats why Ash is proving to be so popular, it’s the modern look, made with 100% natural locally sourced clay –just like all our products!
To find out more about Ash or our other products just contact us here

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REVEALED! The latest paving trend producing stunning results

This is something you need to know before starting your next paving project!

It’s no secret that natural high quality clay pavers are becoming more and more popular than ever. People have grown tired of bland, characterless cement and other plain coloured materials covering their driveways and surrounding their homes. They add no character to the property and can even end up costing home owners when it comes time to sell as the market is now more in tune than ever with: QUALITY OVER QUANTITY. 

bland driveways dont help property price
Would you buy this?!

Gone are the days where close-enough is good enough, it’s a buyers market and they have every right to be picky. Buyers are looking for homes which require less maintenance and will stand the test of time. The problem with using inferior products is you generally get an inferior result. They crack, fade, erode and in some cases even become unsafe.

But there is good news!

The use of clay pavers is back and people are getting very creative with their designs and producing stunning, long-lasting results which look amazing and stand the test of time. One way which this is being done is by:

LAYING PAVERS ON-EDGE instead of laying flat!

Littlehampton bricks pavers being laid on edge adelaide
PAVERS IN PROGRESS OF BEING LAID ON EDGE

Traditionally pavers are laid one way, on their largest flat side and then positioned and cut to form a large range of patterns. What is becoming more common now is that homeowners and people building houses are asking themselves the question: “What can I do to stand out from the crowd?” Well one way to certainly do that is by getting creative and choosing to lay pavers on edge instead of flat!

Keep scrolling to check out the transformation!

~Before, During and After Pictures~

THE DRIVEWAY BEFORE AND PAVERS ARE LAID
THE DRIVEWAY BEFORE ANY PAVERS ARE LAID

 

MAKING PROGRESS PAVING THE DRIVEWAY
MAKING PROGRESS PAVING THE DRIVEWAY
THE TEAM FROM BLISS OUTDOOR PAVING SHOWCASING THEIR WORK!
THE TEAM FROM BLISS OUTDOOR PAVING SHOWCASING THEIR WORK!
TALK ABOUT WOW FACTOR!
TALK ABOUT WOW FACTOR! THIS IS THE FINAL PRODUCT OF THE DRIVEWAY PRE-SAND
PATHWAY WITH PAVERS LAID ON EDGE
ONE OF THE SURROUNDING PATHWAYS WITH SAND FILLED IN

This particular project was done using Littlehampton Bricks Clay Pavers  Mahogany Range in a cobblestone tumbled finish. For more info you can contact us here

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