How to Install a Brick Paver Patio

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Outdoor rooms are a wonderful way to add square footage to your home. You can take a plain old patio and turn it into a wonderful outdoor living space in one weekend. A great place to start is with the patio floor. By laying brick pavers right over your existing concrete patio, you can create the charming outdoor room that you've always wanted.

Things You'll Need

  • Pavers
  • Sand
  • Wet Saw
  • Level
  • Push Broom
  • Garden Hose
  • Start by laying down a 1 inch layer of sand down on the concrete patio. Use a level to make sure that the sand is even on the entire surface of the patio. Choose the pattern in which you would like the pavers to lay and place a few out on the patio to make sure of the design before you begin actually putting them down permanently.

  • Start laying down the pavers in a 90-degree corner working your way out. Be sure to keep all the lines and joint straight while leaving a 1/4 inch space between the pavers. Check periodically with a level to make sure that the pavers are laid down evenly.

  • Measure and mark the pavers that need to be cut to fit around the patio edges. Cut the pavers with a wet saw so that they will not crack during the cutting process.

  • After all of the pavers have been laid down to cover the patio area, lay down a layer of masonry sand on top of the pavers. Use a push broom to sweep the sand in the spaces between the pavers. Continue adding sand until all of the spaces are filled. Finish by taking a garden hose and spraying off any existing sand from the surface.

Tips & Warnings

  • Try creating a medallion or other design in the center of the patio and working your way out from the center.

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