Are you building a patio and want to know how to make easy brick paver patterns to up the look of your landscaping? No matter how handy you are with DIY projects around your home, there is always something new to learn to enhance your home.
You can do patio bricks in a plethora of different patterns in your outdoor space. But the pattern is solely for aesthetics and won’t alter the performance of your brick surface. Easy paver patterns for beginners should not require you to cut the bricks or paving stones. It should be simple to layout and easy on the eyes as well.
Read on to discover how to make easy brick paver patterns for beginners. We will cover what you need before you get started and a step-by-step guide to walk you through the process of making a gorgeous paver patio or brick path!
What You Need
One of the easiest and appealing brick paver patterns would be the checkerboard pattern. For this, you need the width of two bricks to be the same as the length of one. So the perfect size of paver to use for this project is 4 inches by 8 inches long.
The easiest way to install a brick paver patio is to use the sand set method. Top a layer of compacted gravel with landscape fabric and a soft sand layer. You then lay the bricks on top. Once you lay the bricks, you have to brush sand into the cracks between the paver bricks to lock them firmly into place.
Materials You Need
- Brick Pavers
- Edging for brick patio
- Compactible gravel
- Landscape fabric
Step-by-Step Guide to Make Brick Paver Patterns
1. Mark out the patio edges
Before you start excavating, you want to make sure you mark where you want the patio. You can use stakes to create the basic layout for the patio. These lines show where the outer edges of the brick and not the actual edging. Using only four stakes, you can create the outer layout.
2. Bind strings to enclose the space
Now it’s time to string the stakes together to create the space you plan to install your patio pavers! Adjust the string so that it won’t get in the way when you start excavating.
3. Excavate the patio area
Excavate the area about 8 inches deep. Start along the sides and then move toward the center, ensuring that the entire area is level from side to side.
4. Pour the gravel base
Next, pour the compactible gravel inside the area until it’s about 4 inches deep. Rake the gravel out to smooth and level it. Use a hand tamp to tamp the gravel until it is compacted.
5. Position paver edging
You can now install edging along the patio perimeter. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions because it varies. Standard plastic edging is compatible with brick patios and will be mostly hidden when you secure the bricks in place. You have to use metal spikes to install this edging. Line up testing bricks along the sides to ensure the placement is accurate and then remove the test-fit bricks, leaving the edging in place.
6. Add a layer of sand
Pour landscape fabric over the smoothened down gravel. This fabric will suppress pesky weeds and separate the gravel layer from the sand.
Once the fabric is neatly laid, pour 2 inches of sand on top. Smooth the sand as you go, ensuring it’s level. Leave 2 inches between the top of the patio edging and the sand. Once the sand is in place, you can now remove the layout stakes and strings from the first two steps.
7. Lay down the first row of bricks
Starting in one corner and moving along the edging, lay down the bricks row by row. Alternate the bricks so that two are horizontal, then two art vertical and so on, to complete this checkerboard easy brick paver pattern! Press the bricks into the sand, placing them as close as you possibly can to each other. Use a rubber mallet to settle them into the sand as needed.
To make sure it’s straight, run a mason’s line across the first row and pull the line tightly. Straighten the first row of bricks as needed before you move onto the next step.
8. Lay the rest of the bricks one row at a time
Lay down the rest of the bricks, row by row. Move the mason’s line for each row to make sure it’s straight. Pro tip: lay a sheet of plywood on top of the bricks that you can kneel on while you work on the next rows to prevent moving the installed bricks. The last row should be snugly fit against the installed edging.
9. Firm bricks into place with sand
Once you are done laying the bricks, pour sand over them and sweep it over the surface using a push broom to settle the sand into any cracks. Reach all the cracks and add more sand as you move along, until every crack is filled and snug. Use a hose to spray the patio and settle sand in the cracks. Pour more sand and sweep it into the cracks and spray again. You want to repeat this step until all the cracks are filled and the sand is settled.
10. Complete the edging
Once you finish laying the bricks, pour sand over them and sweep it across the surface with a push broom to settle the sand into any cracks. Reach all the cracks and add sand as you go until all the cracks are filled and snug. Spray the patio with a hose to settle sand in the cracks. Pour and sweep more sand into the cracks and spray again. You want to repeat this step until you fill all the cracks and the sand settles.
So many people are choosing to install paver patios by themselves. It cuts down on the cost dramatically and gives you a home project to keep busy this summer! Making brick paver patterns doesn’t have to be something difficult that you let the professionals take care of anymore.
If you are a beginner, we hope this step-by-step guide has motivated you to make easy brick paver patterns for your patio without the help of professionals!
Good luck and have fun!