How to Build a Brick Patio
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A well-designed patio is a beautiful home addition with a variety of uses. While creating it is no easy task and costly if professionally installed, it is a worthwhile DIY project with long-term value and enjoyment.
Brick is a classic choice and can last for a century if properly installed. A variety of patterns can be incorporated to reflect your particular style including basket weave or herringbone.
- Design your borders using a garden hose, stakes and twine or spray paint. If you are using our Patioscape coupon, consider a square patio that’s about 15 feet by 15 feet. This is a nice size for tables and chairs.
- Dig the area down to a depth of 6 inches. Two inches for gravel base, and 2 inches of sand for brick and filler. The gravel base helps create a stable foundation for the patio. Rent a compactor and use a level tool frequently to ensure an even surface. If your patio is directly adjacent to your house, you will want a slight slope away from the house to drain rain away to the garden and not back up to your house.
- Arrange brick in the pattern you chose, leaving a small gap in between each stone. Tap in each one and use the level along the way to make sure the patio is level or has a slight slope for draining. Arranging the pieces is the most important step in how your patio looks, so take your time.
- Fill in gaps between brick with more sand, gravel or other filler. Water down the entire patio to help settle the sand.
Tools and Supplies
- Marking stakes and string, hose and/or spray paint to mark patio area.
- Flat edge shovel to dig up grass down about 6 inches.
- Compactor – this can be rented from equipment rental store.
- Level to check the base and final slope of patio.
- Sand – enough to fill patio area to a depth of 2 inches.