Learn how to build a brick patio from start to finish. It’s a great transformation of a space and not as difficult as you think!
These days, pavers of all shapes and sizes can be purchased from home improvement stores along with the tools needed help with the install.
Today I’m going to show you how you can build a brick patio to give your outdoor space an instant face lift!
The flower garden under the window tended to flood in heavy rain so growing things there just wasn’t ideal.
A DIY patio seemed like a fun idea to try!
(To see the complete before and after of the potting shed makeover be sure to visit the full potting shed makeover reveal.)
They have sat in our backyard all this time just waiting to be used for a special project.
This patio was that project! Not to mention it was going to save us a good amount of money not to purchase pavers.
I did a rough calculation of how many bricks we had and determined how large of a patio I could create.
I wanted to be sure I could take it along the side of the patio a small bit to make a place for a rain barrel.
We needed to level the space and figure out how deep we needed to go for the bricks to lay relatively flush with the existing sidewalk.
We used twine and a level made specially to sit on twine to mark and level the area to dig.
You can find paver base right next to the paver sand at Home Depot.
For this space we used 12 bags of paver sand and it was ~1-2″ thick after being packed down.
To pack down the base you typically use a tamper.
We didn’t see the point of running back to the store and dishing out $30 for a tool we may not use after this project, so the hubs DIY’ed a quick and dirty, but super efficient, tamper by arranging 1×4’s around a heavy duty mallet.
The bottom was 3 1×4’s side-by-side and, with the weight of the mallet, did a great job of pounding the paver base smooth and level.
Afterwards he was able to easily dismantle the homemade tamper.
Now comes the confession of the downfall of the free bricks (and using bricks as opposed to pavers).
We discovered quickly that the bricks were not all uniform in length. So any hopes I had for making a cute pattern with the bricks went right out the window.
Instead, we did a border of bricks then simply staggered the rows across the patio.
We tapped each brick down with a rubber mallet.
We purchased a special masonry blade (~$5) for the circular saw to cut the bricks for the edges of the patio.
I highly recommend wearing safety goggles and a face mask when cutting the bricks! It is very messy and creates a lot of dust.
Also, cut the bricks in an area you don’t mind turning red from the dust. We cut them in the grass, and the spot wasn’t noticeable after a couple of rains.
Adding the sand!
Spread a thin layer of paver sand over the entire patio then brush it back and forth over the surface with a push broom.
Once you think you’ve filled all the cracks, sweep the sand to the side.
Spray the bricks with the water hose pushing and packing the sand further into the cracks between the bricks.
Allow to dry then repeat the entire process. Over. And over. And over. And over.
Repeat until no more cracks appear between the bricks after wetting the patio.
In total we used 2 bags of sand.
Although the space is higher now with the bricks, I was still afraid that dirt might get washed over the patio.
To prevent anyone from tripping over the edging, and to dress it up a bit, I planted 10 mounds of dwarf mondo grass in front of it.
Now I have a super fun little patio perfect for sipping on my morning coffee or watching the kids play in the yard!
Check out the complete before and after of the potting shed makeover!
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