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How to build a brick patio

A great alternative to a deck or concrete slab, a brick patio allows you to create a number of stylish patterns, adding beauty to your home. Here's how to get a great look.
  • Materials

    The materials needed for building a brick patio include brick, crushed rock or concrete, and coarse sand. Always use a hard baked brick designed specifically for paving. To check your brick, tap it with a hammer. A paving brick will let our a metallic sound, while a softer ornamental brick will thud like a block of wood.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 2, 2012
  • Flexible-base system

    There are two primary brick installation methods that best suit patio construction: A flexible-base system and a rigid-base system. In this case, a flexible base was used.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 2, 2012
  • Add rock

    Once the dirt is excavated, add a four- to six-inch layer of smooth, compacted crushed rock. Here, a six-inch layer is used.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 2, 2012
  • Add sand

    Once the crushed rock is smoothed, add a two-inch layer of coarse sand. Smooth the sand to exact profile and slope you wish the final patio to be. Once this is complete, simply set the brick onto the sand. They should fit snugly.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 2, 2012
  • Making cuts

    Undoubtedly, you will have to make bordering or intersecting cuts. This can be accomplished with the use of saws, cutters and chisels.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 2, 2012
  • Running bond pattern

    This patio makes use of a running bond pattern. Pavers can be laid straight for a clean and orderly look, or set at slight angles to create a curve. Because of its simple design, running bond is well suited to covering small areas.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 2, 2012
  • Butt the bricks

    No mortar is necessary if you butt the bricks tightly together. After the bricks are laid, a light sweeping of stone dust will fill any cracks.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 2, 2012
  • The final product

    The final product is a nice, orderly patio or path that's a great alternative to gray slab of concrete.

    Date Published: April 13, 2012
    Date Updated: May 2, 2012

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