Laying down a brick patio is something that most people that have spent any time around tools will likely be able to handle! It takes time, is definitely time consuming, and tiring, however the end result really is something worth doing. We had a gravel pit in our backyard that was used as a fire pit, however it never looked right, and just ended up dirty. We decided it was time to replace it with bricks, and turn it into a patio with a trellis over top.
It took quite a while to put together, and I had to learn how to use some new tools, but it was one of my most successful projects to date!
What tools did I need to use?
To cut the bricks, I have found the easiest way to cut them is with a grinder, and a brick blade. These to items together make cutting bricks a breeze, even at an angle! Once you cut or score the brick, you can quickly hit it with a wide chisel and it will break off to give you the angle or cut that you are looking for.
You will also want to make sure you have a tamper available to tamp down your layer of sand that you will put underneath of the brick.
How long does it take?
We were able to complete the portion of the patio that we wanted by spending a weekend working on it! It was hard work, but didn’t take longer than it needed to be.