If you have a yard, your landscaping is one of the most important ways to increase the value of your home. And if you’re looking for a project that will make a big impact, why not consider building a brick wall? Brick walls can add instant curb appeal, but they can also be very practical in terms of boosting privacy and enhancing security. In fact, if you’re looking to improve your front or back yard, this might be just the project for you. In this guide, we’ll walk through how to build a brick wall with some handy tips and tricks along the way.
Consider your options
There are a lot of factors to consider when you’re building a brick wall.
First, what kind of brick wall do you want? There’s a wide variety of styles and qualities available, from concrete blocks to sandstone to real bricks—each option will cost more or less money depending on how much work it takes to lay them down. Be sure that the materials you select complement the landscape where they’ll be built and suit your budget before moving forward with any project.
Second, how much time do you have available? While this may seem like an unnecessary question at first glance (after all, who wouldn’t want more time in their day?), it’s actually crucial information when planning this type of project. If yours is a DIY effort (as most projects tend to be), then keep in mind that not only will it take longer than expected but also that other responsibilities may become neglected as well due solely because something else has taken priority over everything else during construction…and for obvious reasons too! So if there isn’t enough time left over after work hours end each day then perhaps consider hiring someone else instead who doesn’t mind working late into evenings/late nights just so long as they get paid accordingly regardless whether or not any progress was made toward completion by then end date set beforehand…though if this happens often enough then maybe consider eliminating those tasks altogether instead which might seem counterintuitive initially but really isn’t once given some thought into why exactly certain things should stay put instead after all these years spent doing them despite having no real meaning behind them anymore except perhaps tradition.”
Lay out the wall
Making sure the wall is level and straight is an important part of building it. This means that you need to use a line level, tape measure, and level.
First, mark the outline of your brick wall by driving stakes into the ground at each corner and then connecting them with string or rope. Make sure that they are all the same distance apart.
Next, use a line level to make sure that your string or rope is perfectly horizontal (or vertical). If you do not have access to a line level then use something like a ruler or piece of wood as long as it has markings on it so that you can tell if it’s straight or not
Dig a trench for the wall
- Dig a trench for the wall. The trench should be as deep as the bricks are tall, and wide enough to accommodate them. It should also be straight and level—use a spade to dig it out by hand.
- Place bricks in the trench until you have one complete layer that’s level with ground level at both ends of your proposed wall length (this will help prevent unevenness when you have more than one layer). Check for straightness and levelness as you go along; if any are crooked or slanted, adjust them so they’re flush with one another before continuing on with this step.
- Fill gaps between bricks with mortar, using a trowel—you can do this by hand or use power tools such as an electric drill fitted with an attachment designed specifically for applying mortar (some even come equipped with attachments that mix up small batches at once). Apply additional layers until all spaces between each brick has been filled completely; don’t forget about those pesky corners! You’ll need plenty of mortar here so make sure not too much runs off while spreading around evenly throughout every crevice possible—and then let it dry overnight before continuing work tomorrow morning.”
Pour a concrete foundation for your brick wall
Make sure to pour a concrete foundation for your brick wall. This will ensure that it can support the weight of the bricks, as well as any other materials that you may add to it later on.
The concrete foundation should be at least 6 inches thick and poured in a continuous pour over several days.
You can use wood forms to help you lay out the shape of your foundation so that it’s level and straight before pouring it into place. The wood forms should be made from two-by-fours nailed together with 16d nails and filled with rebar placed in their center (to help prevent cracking).
Rebar is the key to a strong brick wall
The purpose of a brick wall is to add visual interest and curb appeal to your home, but the most important feature of a brick wall is its strength. A brick wall will be stronger if it’s made with rebar, which is steel that reinforces concrete or other masonry materials. In fact, all brick walls require some form of reinforcement in order to remain structurally sound over time.
When planning for this project, you should make sure that your contractor has enough rebar on hand before he starts building the foundation for your new garden path or patio area. The type of rebar used depends on what kind of soil you’re working with: if there are large rocks mixed into the ground near where they will be constructing their foundation (or where you’ll be placing yours), then they may need longer pieces than normal; but if not then shorter ones will work fine too (and might even save money).
Pour concrete footer
When you’re building your brick wall, it’s important to keep in mind that the ground underneath needs to be level. A tripod or plumb bob makes it easy to check for levelness and ensure that your bricks are going up right.
First of all, get a spirit level and hold it against the side of your wall’s first brick—if it’s not perfectly straight, use some sandpaper on both sides of the brick until they are even. Then, use a steel ruler as a guide along each side of the first row of bricks until they’re evenly placed in relationship with one another. This will help ensure that every other row is level when you go back and forth between them later.
Finally, after you’ve finished stacking all your bricks for one side (or if you only have enough space for two rows) take a trowel full of concrete mixture and smooth out any uneven spots with some water added from time-to-time throughout this process so everything stays nice and moist but not too wet…
Start laying your brick wall from the bottom up
To start laying your brick wall, you will want to begin with the first course of bricks.
First, use a level to make sure that the bottom row of bricks is straight and level. If you’re not sure how to do this, watch our tutorial video for a step-by-step guide on how to use a level for brick walls:
Next, use the same technique on each succeeding layer so that each one stays straight and even with those below it (the second layer should be lined up with the first layer). If there are any discrepancies between layers or sections where you notice an area that isn’t quite straight or even enough for your liking, feel free to redo those areas until they look right.
Fill in gaps between bricks with mortar
Fill in gaps between bricks with mortar.
For the most part, bricks are self-aligning. However, if you have to fill in any empty spaces between them with mortar, use a trowel and apply the mixture on both sides of each brick. Smooth out any excess mortar with a brick trowel or hand scraper before tapping the bricks into place using a hammer. When working around corners, be sure not to spread too much mortar beyond where your wall meets another surface like other walls or patios; otherwise, it will ooze out over time and create an unattractive mess when it dries up again.
A brick wall can be a great way to add some flair to your yard, and it can be a long term investment.
A brick wall can be a great way to add some flair to your yard, and it can be a long term investment. Brick is a durable material that will last for many years if properly maintained. It’s also easy to build, so it’s not hard to get started with this project.
In addition to being easy to maintain, brick walls make wonderful additions to any yard because they can serve multiple purposes. They’re perfect for decoration and privacy, but they’re also functional as fireplaces or outdoor grills.
We know that this is a lot of information to take in, so if you’re feeling overwhelmed, don’t worry! We have even more helpful information for you on our website, where we go into more detail about the specifics of building your wall.