Having a patio can add some much-needed space to your home and yard, allowing you to truly enjoy the outdoors without feeling crowded. If you have decided that you want a brick patio in your yard, here are some steps that will help guide you through the process.
Dig up the area where you want to place your patio.
To begin, you’ll need to dig out the area where you want your patio to be. Make sure that it is level and free of roots, rocks and debris. If there’s water in the soil below ground level, this can be a problem because when water freezes it expands and will crack or split bricks if they’re in contact with it. Soil should be well-drained—if not, add gravel or crushed rock underneath where your bricks will go so that any moisture can drain away from them
Place gravel in the excavation of the patio, making sure that it is even throughout.
The next step is to place the gravel in the excavation. Gravel is a good material for patios because it’s easy to find and cheap, and also easy to work with. If you want your patio to be durable and last a long time, then this is certainly the best choice for you
Sprinkle water over the gravel to level it out.
- Sprinkle water over the gravel to level it out.
- Use a watering can, not a hose.
- Don’t use too much water!
- And don’t use too little either!
Lay bricks on top of the gravel.
With the bricks laid out, use a spirit level to check that they’re all level. If there’s a discrepancy, use a trowel to even out the brickwork and make sure it’s level.
You can either buy your own bricklayer’s trowels or rent them from your local hardware store.
Create paths between each row of bricks by using a trowel to remove some gravel and allowing space for them to walk on.
- Use a trowel to remove any gravel that might be in your way.
- Create paths between each row of bricks by using a trowel to remove some gravel and allowing space for them to walk on. Make sure the path is wide enough for people to walk on comfortably, straight, and level so it doesn’t feel like walking across a hill or bumpy terrain!
Choose a filler material for between the rows of bricks, such as dry sand or mortar. Fill in all gaps with either or both materials.
Once you have removed the gravel, choose a filler material for between the rows of bricks, such as dry sand or mortar. Fill in all gaps with either or both materials.
Dry sand is ideal if you want to create a raked finish on your patio. Mix 1 part dry sand with 1 part Portland cement to create a soft-looking mortar that can be used to level off uneven terraces and patios.
You can use these steps to create your own customized brick patio.
You can use these steps to create your own customized brick patio. You can use different materials for the filler material, bricks and gravel.
- If you want a more traditional patio, make sure to use a mortar that is designed for bricklaying. Mortar joints should be grouted after setting up in order to provide better support against erosion and weathering damage as well as making sure that moisture doesn’t gather in between the bricks themselves which can lead them cracking over time due to pressure exerted by their own weight upon each other’s surface area (if not properly supported).
I’ve created a brick patio
This was a fun project and now I have one more area where I can relax outside. This is a great way to add some extra room in your backyard while also making it more comfortable with bricks. If you are on the fence about whether or not to do this yourself, don’t be afraid of trying because it’s actually quite easy and doesn’t cost much at all either