Build a Brick PatioA brick patio design can be easy to build yet elegant, by simply laying the bricks in a striking pattern that requires no cutting!
Tools for Building a Brick PatioThing's you'll need are:
- rubber mallet
- crushed stone
- landscape fabric
- paving bricks
- mason's line
- plywood to kneel on
- garden hose
- one long two-by-four (2X4) screed
Measure the AreaMeasure out the desired area. Rectangular design plans are easier to execute than curved designs. To ensure that you have a perfect rectangle, measure the 2 diagonals: they should be of equal length.
Dig the AreaDig out the area, to a depth of 8 inches. Create a slope away from the house for drainage; that is ¼ inch deep per running foot.
Plan Your Brick Patio DesignDo a test run by laying your brick pattern to check your measurements. Bricks come in different types and sizes. Paving bricks, in the measurements of 4 inches x 8 inches, and about 2 inches thick, are the easiest to work with. For a design pattern, basket weave is elegant yet simple, and requires no cutting of bricks.
There should be about 2 inches extra all along the perimeter for the insertion of a rectangular brick edging. Stand the bricks on end, shoulder to shoulder. Remove the bricks that you laid as a test run, but keep the brick edging in place.