How to make Backyard Brick Patio

Dad and son will teach you how to do it in your own backyard. They wrote down every step they did.

We needed the hole dimensions to be 7'6" x 7'6" x 6.5". The ground was ridiculously hard so we had to get a pickax/mattock to break up the clay, concrete and even old iron pipe. Don't forget to call 811 before digging!
ly9iqty - how to make backyard brick patio

The hole took my dad and I about 6 hours to finish. This was by far the hardest part.
uelsnn7 - how to make backyard brick patio

We needed 25 50lb bags of drainage gravel to fill in 3 inch layer. We found that the cubic foot estimate on the bags is not very reliable, likely because it does not take compaction into account. PVC pipes are for screeding the sand.
oxceike - how to make backyard brick patio

We needed a nice 1 inch layer of sand for the bricks to rest on and help with leveling. Hint: use the pvc pipe and a 2 x 4 to screed the sand in level. Its ok if it is not perfect, you can fix later when laying bricks.
gxlba03 - how to make backyard brick patio

I decided to go with the basket weave pattern. We liked it the most and it does not require any brick cutting.
zaejuzi - how to make backyard brick patio

Few more rows in, going well.
t42f1mv - how to make backyard brick patio

Keep going.
c2xbsg1 - how to make backyard brick patio

The 2 x 4 is useful for leveling the bricks out length/width wise. I was not aiming for an overall level patio so water would drain off quickly. I did want the bricks at a uniform height. This helped.
l4pkeiq - how to make backyard brick patio

We ran out of bricks due to maths and stuff. Had to get 20 more and finish up the next day.
iafoh76 - how to make backyard brick patio

Sweep sand over all the bricks and gently spray water on it from the hose. I did this before finishing the last row because a thunderstorm was on the way and I didn't want the bricks I laid to shift around. Covered the entire thing with a huge tarp. It survived.
1hj45vy - how to make backyard brick patio

Pretty much done now, just needed to fill the sides in a little more with clay and sand.
mkxjbdv - how to make backyard brick patio

Did a little landscaping. My fiancee is going to plant flowers and stuff around it now. I gave her full creative freedom. Ate dinner out there last night, was great! thanks for looking.
pz38hel - how to make backyard brick patio


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  • sowhat
  • June 16, 2014, 7:46 am
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    Nicely done! Want to re-lay mine? The ants have got under it, loosened the sand underneath and now I have two distinct tyre tracks at the top of my drive.
    PS: it carries on through the gate where it needs lifting by a couple of inches too!


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    • June 16, 2014, 8:59 am
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    DIY KING

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