Homeowners are moving their living spaces outdoors to expand the liveable square footage of their homes and provide an additional entertaining space. You can begin enjoying your outdoor spaces with the addition of a brick patio. Brick patios are easiest to install in a square or rectangular shape. But the softer lines of a curved patio give a more natural feel to the project and allow for more options with furniture placement and seating. Save yourself money by installing the brick patio yourself.
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Things you need
- Vibratory plate compactor
- Flex edging
- Pipe or lumber
- Wet saw
- Safety goggles
- Rubber mallet
Clear out the area where the patio will be installed. Remove the dirt and grass with a shovel. Rent a vibratory plate compactor. Compact the soil with the machine to level the soil and provide a solid foundation.
Lay out flex edging around the perimeter of your patio. Flex edging provides the guideline that allows you to create a round shape. Drive 10-inch metal stakes through the holes on the flex material to hold the edging in place.
Fill the patio area with three inches of gravel. Spread the gravel out until it is level. Use a long pipe or straight piece of lumber to spread the gravel across the space evenly.
Start setting the bricks at one end of the patio. Tap the bricks together tightly with a rubber mallet. Leave enough space around the curved edge for a border.
Set the border bricks around the curved edging. Some of the bricks will need to be smaller in width to create the curve. Lay the brick on top of the open space and mark the brick where it needs to be cut. Feed the bricks through the wet saw. Tap the bricks into place around the curve with a rubber mallet.
Cut any remaining bricks that need to be sized with the wet saw. Place the bricks in the sand to complete the patio.
Spread sand over the top of the bricks. Sweep the sand into the spaces between bricks.
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