How to Build a Brick Paver Patio

 


Build a Brick Paver Patio

By building a brick paver patio, you will cost effectively add more value to your house, but this task will definitely test your patience and take a lot of effort in order to create it the correct way. However, if you manage to plan it well and get some help from your friends (feed and water them for their help as a minimum…or even put on a few beers afterwards), it will be completed quickly allowing you to seat back and appreciate the new addition to your outdoor surroundings.

What you need:

  • Shovel and rubber mallet
  • Level
  • Line level
  • Tape measure
  • Crushed stone
  • Landscape fabric
  • Paving bricks
  • Mason’s line
  • Plywood to kneel on
  • Broom
  • Garden hose
  • Sand
  • Gravel
  • One long 2-by-4 for screed
  • Rake
  • Tamper
  • Gloves
  • Utility knife

 

Method:

  1. Firstly, you need to stake out the corners of the patio before measuring the area for the patio and place the stakes at least 5 cms more than the end of your patio. Then, hang a string in between the stakes so that they will criss-cross at the corners.
  2. Dig a depth of 18 cms inside the string and place a line level that runs away from the house. Next, level the string and use a measuring tape in order to measure its depth. Then, you need to create a slope for its water runoff at least 70 degrees away from the house before adjusting the stakes and reading the level again.
  3. Use a landscape fabric to hold down the growth of weed through the bricks by placing them down on the bottom of the hole. After that, you need to place 10 cms of coarse gravel on top of the landscape gravel before you even it out by raking them.
  4. Return to your string and pull the grass off the top of the other 5 cms outside the string. Next, install the brick edging by placing it on its side using a rubber mallet and push it into the ground for at least 5 cms by using a level making sure its entire outside is leveled.
  5. Then, put 2.5 cms of sand on top of the gravel and use a long 2-by-4 board in order to level the sand and tamp it down.
  6. Now, start laying down the bricks from one corner and after you have laid a few on the first row, tap them down using the rubber mallet. Then, lay a level across to ensure that the surface is leveled.
  7. Next, place a small pile of sand on top of your finished brick and sweep them into the joints using a broom and move it in different directions. Once you have finished doing the entire patio, you need to mist it with a hose in sweeping motion in order to make the sand more compact. Make sure all the joints are filled with sand and after you have finished, rinse off the excess sand from the patio.

 

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1 Comment

  1. October 17, 2013  12:22 am by Kirsten Katherine Reply

    Really useful information you have provided with this post for bricks patio. It looks really nice now that I have tried it for my backyard.

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