Patio construction with brick is a relatively easy, although time-consuming process. If you take the time to do it correctly, you won't encounter any unforeseen problems. It's the preferred method for many homeowners because brick looks great, and it doesn't require mortar. Avoid major mistakes by keeping the following tips in mind.
Excavate Enough Dirt
Standard modular red bricks are 2.25 inches thick. Before installing the patio, dirt must be excavated from the area. Don't make the mistake of only removing 2.25 inches of earth. Once the area is ready, you'll start by pouring in a layer of sand and smoothing it out, so be sure to factor that in as well. Excavate to a depth of 3 inches.
Level the Earth
Leveling out the earth is vital, too. An uneven earthen foundation will cause a major headache as you lay the bricks. Set marker stakes in several places and use a leveling tool to check your progress.
Add Sand Layer
Once the ground is ready, don't forget to add a .75-inch layer of sand. Make sure it's smoothed evenly over the dirt, though you do have a little room for error as sand is so soft and malleable.
Leave Space Between Pavers
When you're finally ready to set the pavers, don't abut them up to each other. Leave about an eighth of an inch between each brick on all sides. Once they're set in place with a mallet and leveled, this space will allow you to sweep sand over the patio to fill the gaps and prevent the bricks from moving.