Brick Paver Patio Designs

If you've been kicking around the idea of installing a brick paver patio, you'll be pleased to learn that there is no shortage of unique brick patterns from which you can choose. Selecting the right brick paver patio design for your home may seem like a cumbersome task, but this article will walk you through the most popular types of patterns and leave you with a comprehensive understanding of the advantages of each design, enabling you to make a sound decision about which one best suits your home. Read on to find the right patio design for you.

Basket Weave

This design is also known as "the parquel" and is made up of bricks that bear a strong resemblance to baskets being woven. The basket weave design, which was originally used to pave the walkways of European castles, is recommended primarily for older homes, as its unique design doesn't mesh well with most newer houses. Thus, while the basket weave gives older houses a distinctly classic feel, it will look noticeably out of place outside of more recently built homes. To break it down, if your home was constructed sometime within the last fifty years, the basket weave may not be the best brick paver patio design for you. 

Stretcher Bond

The stretcher bond, the most widely used type of brick paver patio design, is very quaint. This design is made up of red and brown bricks that are stacked together in a side-by-side fashion. Although the design is fairly simple, it goes well with the exterior of virtually any home. The stretcher bond is popular for being simplistic but not cheap-looking. If you decide to go with this design, make sure that the width of the bricks reflects the width of your patio--i.e., for a very wide patio, select very wide bricks. One potential disadvantage to the stretcher bond is the fact that it is sometimes viewed as rigid and unimaginative by creative-minded homeowners.

Running Bond

The running bond, whose popularity is rivaled only by the stretcher bond, is a patio design that consists of red and brown bricks that are arranged in rows in a side-by-side fashion. The bricks found in running bonds are generally somewhat smaller than those found in stretcher bonds. Uneven seams between bricks are the running bond's key characteristic.

Stack Bond

The stack bond, which shares a lot in common with both the stretcher and running bonds, is made up of red bricks that are meticulously stacked together in an up-and-down fashion. One key difference between the stack bond and its counterpart the running bond is that the seams between the stack bond's bricks are perfectly even--a staunch departure from the running bond's characteristically uneven seams.

Now that you've taken the time to familiarize yourself with the most common types of brick paver patio designs, you should be able to choose a design that perfectly suits your needs and compliments the outside of your home. Happy patio-paving!