An insider job for a beautiful outdoor space


Vernon and Nancy Moore live less than a mile from the Dan River where were we get our clay to make pavers for good reason. Nancy is our human resources director and Vernon is our retired vice president of operations of the paver plant. When they wanted an innovative hardscape to extend their home outdoors, they contracted with Hugo Yañez, owner of Fred’s Masonry and, himself, a former brick maker for Pine Hall Brick.

                                   Hugo Yañez, owner of Fred’s Masonry and former brick maker.

Of course when you get three brick professionals together, they tend to look for creative ways to design livable outdoor spaces. And with our paver plant just over the river, it was easy for the team to purchase plenty of factory seconds, samples and discontinued items.

It’s a fun design with a path leading from the front of the home to the back with two small patios for grilling and dining, respectively, both connected to a spacious seating and entertainment space.

“We sort of had an idea, but got a landscape architect to help us draw it up,” says Vernon Moore. “I knew Fred from a long time ago at the plant so we called him to do the installation. He did a great job!”

The three patio spaces use a unique specialty paver called Clemson Block, 12” x 12” square clay pavers, originally designed for a Clemson University hardscape. Nancy bought them as seconds. The pathway uses an early version of Pine Hall Brick Old Town pavers in cocoa that pair and contrast beautifully with the pinker and lighter Clemson Block pavers.

Clemson Block is still manufactured, but only for large special orders. By the way, anyone can buy factory seconds in a range of styles at our annual Paver Days events. Read about that, here.

Nancy Moore applied her own creativity—and a limber back—to add a touch of whimsy to the backyard experience by repurposing Pine Hall Brick bullnose step treads, designed to be used for outdoor stairs, as borders to gardening features. Like the pavers, the treads are fired clay, designed to be durable for centuries. She also created paths across the lawn using concrete stepping stones set in red brick chips.

Fred’s Masonry is a full-service masonry contractor handing brick construction as well as paver installation. Yañez’s experience in brick manufacturing launched his career as a mason. He’s a sought-after expert for home improvements with installations around the Triad that go back more than a decade. The Moore’s project was completed in September 2016 and is one that Yañez takes a lot of pride in showing.