Having a design is the first thing you have to have before you can ever break ground on a paver patio. You'll want to generate a paver patio design that imitates and compliments the rest of the house and not one that stand against it. You can select a paver that will harmonize the existing textures and colors of the home. A scraped cedar shake siding looks grand with a sand-molded brick paver intended to have an aged poise. On the other hand, a more contemporary home exterior might look better if paired with a tumbled solid paver or even non-tumbled solid brick.
You may want to consider the proposed purpose for the brick paver patio. You may hold common large gatherings of people which mean that there's a need for a larger patio. Be sure to provide accommodation to that need.
If you already have a brick patio style you can use considerations taken care of. Measure and note all features of the house, including spigots, doors, windows, utility boxes and anything else that might have an effect on your design. You don't want to build a paver patio that is fully open to the elements of the sun at the hottest time of the day.
Before you begin to dig, you're going to need to know how deep excavation needs to be provided for a proper base for your brick pavers. Sometimes the existing grade where the new brick patio is going to be set up is a bit undulating or has an otherwise an irregular grade. This unevenness will contrast the depth you should excavate.
If you work in clay soils, you'll want to use a rammer or jumping jack to compact the subsoil. A rammer or jumping jack will do far better job compressing thick layers of clay than any vibrating plate can. Because brick paver patios often involve steps leading up to a patio door, poor compaction here is likely to lead to dramatic settling of the subsoil and cause the project to fail.
The final preparation of a brick paver patio base is similar to the pouring of concrete. There are numerous choices in paver sizes and styles. However, a common technique used by hard capers to lay brick pavers is called the "click-click-drop" system. This is as simple as laying a paver into your pattern and holding the paver an inch or so above the base.
You bring the paver so that one side links the side of a paver you've already laid. "Click." "Click." "Drop." Slide it close others. That paver will dig into the base and touch some flattened stone between it and another paver, resulting in unattractive joints and poor connection. Using this method, lay your entire paver patio, right up to the ends of your prepared base.
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