Creating a new landscape feature is not that difficult as it sounds. A fresh appearance to your house can always be accomplished by building a brick patio. You can even make this as your weekend project, and totally change the look of your house. It could be a collective effort of your family when all family members decide to sit together and work out their terrain in their own way.
Following are seven steps to build the perfect brick patio:
1. Picking the right spot – when you choose a spot, always keep in mind the area and design. Narrow track brick walkways are the most effective ones. Mark the area with chalk to help you in further steps.
2. Coagulating the soil- it means to mechanically increase the density of the soil, to provide stability, reduces water seepage, swelling and contraction. It can be done simply by applying the dead weight of a machine, applying downward force. You can rent a compactor to make the job easier.
3. Creating a base – Sand is bedded to level surface, they help the construction to stay and be leveled. But the most important is to create a base line for the entire area with landscape fabric; otherwise you will inevitably find weeds growing through the bricks. After this pour an inch of sand in the entire area, and pat it down firmly.
4. Edging – edging is very important because if edges are not attended to properly, the whole idea would seem like it was created in a different lab and placed on the ground out of nowhere. Use a paver edger to give a tight finish to your edges.
5. Laying your Brick Patio brick – You need not be a skilled mason to do this; just lay the bricks uniformly and it stays that way. It is always better to start from one corner.
6. Choosing the right bricks – make sure the brick you choose is grated and is rated for severe weather. Also the brick should be made of high-quality clay and well fired. Brick shapes can also be changed; it doesn’t always have to be rectangular. Many designs are available to choose from. The more creative you get the better impression you create in your own landscape.
7. Joining bricks – fill the space between bricks by Portland cement mortar. Another way is to pour the sand on the leveled bricks and then spray a special sealant bought from a hardware store. This makes cleaning of the patio easy, quick and simple. Wait a few hours after this and then scrub the bricks to remove any stains.
The traditional method of concrete base is now being replaced by sand and gravel base, as concrete is now more expensive. It is suggested to know the climatic conditions because freezing temperatures can cause mortar to heave and crack. But the important thing is that having a brick patio will enhance your house even without furnishings. They have a classic and timeless appeal which will last for a very long time.