How to Build a Brick Patio
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A well-designed patio is a beautiful home addition with a variety of uses. While creating it is no easy task and costly if professionally installed, it is a worthwhile DIY project with long-term value and enjoyment.
Brick is a classic choice and can last for a century if properly installed. A variety of patterns can be incorporated to reflect your particular style including basket weave or herringbone.
- Design your borders using a garden hose, stakes and twine or spray paint. If you are using our Patioscape coupon, consider a square patio that’s about 15 feet by 15 feet. This is a nice size for tables and chairs.
- Dig the area down to a depth of 6 inches. Two inches for gravel base, and 2 inches of sand for brick and filler. The gravel base helps create a stable foundation for the patio. Rent a compactor and use a level tool frequently to ensure an even surface. If your patio is directly adjacent to your house, you will want a slight slope away from the house to drain rain away to the garden and not back up to your house.
- Arrange brick in the pattern you chose, leaving a small gap in between each stone. Tap in each one and use the level along the way to make sure the patio is level or has a slight slope for draining. Arranging the pieces is the most important step in how your patio looks, so take your time.
- Fill in gaps between brick with more sand, gravel or other filler. Water down the entire patio to help settle the sand.
TOOLS AND SUPPLIES
Marking stakes and string, hose and/or spray paint to mark patio area.
Flat edge shovel to dig up grass down about 6 inches.
Compactor – this can be rented from equipment rental store.
Level to check the base and final slope of patio.
Sand – enough to fill patio area to a depth of 2 inches.
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SAWS residential customers can apply for the $100 coupon ($200 if irrigation system present) each spring and fall.
WaterSaver Landscape Coupons are also available.