Now that spring is here and summer is just around the corner, you can finally dust off your outdoor furniture and set up the patio again. Before you do, however, consider revamping the floor with brick. A beautiful brick patio instantly gives the area an upgraded and polished look. Here's what you need to know to get started.
1. Selecting the right site is important
It is best to build a patio on mostly flat land. When choosing a location, you'll also want to consider drainage and avoiding obstacles such as utility lines and tree roots.
2. The base should be smooth and compact
After you excavate the site (digging a depth of eight inches is typically ideal), take the time to ensure your base is even, smooth and that the dirt is compact. You can use a hand or power tamper to create a level surface.
3. Using square or rectangular bricks is easiest
Round bricks can offer an interesting look, but it is easier to use square or rectangular shapes. If you want to limit the number of bricks that you'll have to cut, you might also consider using a mix of different sizes.
4. There should be a small gap in between bricks
Once you've reached the final step and are ready to lay the bricks, keep in mind that there should be a small gap (about 1/4") in between them. Once the all of the bricks are set in place, fill the gaps with sand.
5. Hiring a design team can be a huge help
While you can certainly lay a brick patio without a professional, hiring help is something to consider. A team of experienced designers can help you complete the project from start to finish, answering any questions you might have and taking the time to ensure you'll love the results. Plus, skilled landscapers can tackle more difficult projects if your patio plan is a little more complex than most.
Want to upgrade your patio, but are short on time? Interested in designing a patio that's more upscale? Call Homestead Gardens' full-service landscape division to get the help you need. You can reach us at 410-867-6336.