How to make a circle with brick pavers

Updated November 21, 2016

A circle brick paver patio gives an elegant and sophisticated look to any back garden. Building a circle paver patio is not easy and will take at least several days, depending on the size of the project. There are several shortcuts you can take to make the project a little easier: first, use the dry installation method, which uses compacted gravel and sand instead of mortar; second, choose a circular paver system in which you don't need to make any cuts. These systems can be purchased from most home improvement centres and come complete with directions.

Measure the diameter of your desired patio area with a tape measure. Mark the outer border with a can of spray paint. If you don't trust your circle-making skills, attach a post to the centre of the area and tie a string to the post that is the length of the area's radius (half of the diameter). Tie the rope to the can of spray paint and mark your circle.

Take your measurements to a home improvement centre and buy the supplies. Look for a circular paver system so you don't have to cut any bricks.

Excavate a 15 cm (6 inch) deep hole within the entire circle you marked off. Level the soil on the bottom with a shovel.

Add a 10 cm (4 inch) layer of gravel or crushed stone to the bottom of the circle. Level the gravel with a rake.

Tighten the gravel down by going over it with a plate compactor, which you can rent from the shop where you bought the materials.

Add a 2.5 cm (1 inch) layer of sand on top of the gravel, then even out the sand with a rake.

Start in the middle of the circle where you put the post and set your first brick. Use the diagram provided with your circular paver system and begin laying each successive layer. Tap each brick into place with a rubber mallet. Work outward until all pavers have been laid.

Install flexible edging around the outer border by lining up the edging around the entire circle then driving stakes through the holes in the edging and into the ground.

Pour sand on top of the brick pavers and spread the sand around and into the joints with a broom.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray paint
  • Tape measure
  • Rake
  • Flexible edging
  • Metal stakes
  • Shovel
  • Gravel
  • Plate compactor
  • Sand
  • Broom
  • Brick pavers
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