Laying a brick patio by yourself is not a hard task. My mother and I did a brick patio a few years ago to surprise my dad and it turned out beautifully. It is good to have a helper if possible. Here is how to lay a brick patio yourself.
Things You'll Need
- water hose with sprayer
- a helper
Area and Usage
Decide on the area in your yard that would be best for your brick patio. Do you want shade or sun? When would you use it and how would you use? Are you going to plant flowers around the brick patio. These questions can help you decide the best place for your brick patio. For the one my mother and I did, she wanted it in the shade so she could drink coffee and read the morning paper.
Measure and Stake Out Area
After you have chosen the area, measure it in square feet so you will know how many bricks to buy. Then using string and ground stakes, rope off your area. If there is grass in this area, either use a grass killer or dig the grass up and replant where grass is needed in your yard. The spot my mother picked would not grow grass which is one reason why she wanted a brick patio in that area.
Cover the area with polyethelyne to prevent weeds from growing through your bricks.
Spread coarse sand evenly over the polyethelyne. Smooth with the back of a rake or shovel. Spray water over the sand until it is throughly wet. Make sure the ground is completely even.
Begin placing the bricks over the even sand but don't press down until you have stepped back to make sure it is leveled correctly. You can use a leveler to see if the bricks are leveled. If a brick is not even with the rest, you can take it out and add more sand or take away sand.
Once all of the bricks are layed out and even, spread damp sand over your new brick patio and let it dry. Afterwards, use a broom to sweep the sand in between the bricks.
Spray water on the brick patio so the sand will settle between the bricks but do not wash away the sand. Then sweep the brick patio.
Now relax and enjoy your new brick patio!
Tips & Warnings
- If you do not feel comfortable doing it yourself it is ok to ask for help or hire a professional.
- If this is your first time, just make a small brick patio big enough for a bistro table.
- Add plants in containers on your patio for decoration.
- Plant a little garden around your brick patio for serenity.
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