Brick Patio Designs

by HDME Staff

Though creating brick patio designs may sound like an incredibly daunting task, when you break it down into what it truly is, then you will quickly discover that it doesn’t have to be difficult at all. In fact, it can be a rather enjoyable and convenient process. You can still hire a professional, but it is more than possible to do on your own.

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This being said, once you have decided to create brick patio designs yourself, you can still consult with an expert who specializes in the process and who can offer you useful recommendations, suggestions, and other useful feedback. Don’t forget that there are also many other useful reference tools available to you to help you along the way, such as articles and the internet.

You can find inspiration for your brick patio designs just about anywhere. Look at magazine images and pictures that you can find online, but you might also want to walk around your neighborhood and have a look at the type of brickwork that your neighbors have used. There really are no restrictions to the ideas that you can have and work into your brick patio designs.

Some of the more popular brick patio designs include:

  • Jack on Jack – using “stretchers” only, where the bricks are all aligned in perfect straight rows both vertically and horizontally.
  • Running Bond – using “stretchers” only, where the bricks are in straight lines where the joins in each course (row) are centered on the row above it.
  • Basket Weave – a square grid of brick pairs where the join the join that occurs between each pair is perpendicular to the four pairs on each side of it.
  • Herringbone – diagonal rows made up of bricks that alternate in their direction (vertical, horizontal, vertical, and so on).

As you are coming up with your ideas, don’t forget to consider important elements like the size of the patio you’d like to create, as well as the materials you’d like to use. There are different shapes and sizes of bricks available, as well as different colors. You may decide to work with one or many of these options in combination. You could even consider an environmentally friendly option such as using restored or recovered bricks for a less manicured and more natural looking surface.

In fact, one style that is becoming increasingly fashionable is to simply obtain a large number of recovered or restored bricks and then simply spread them randomly into the shape of patio that is desired. This technique produces much more casual brick patio designs, which are quite appealing when relaxing atmospheres are desired.

Of course, if something a little bit more structured or formal is your style, you can use brand new bricks to create the shape and/or pattern that suits your personal taste. It can be quite geometrical, or you might prefer something a bit more original and artistic. As long as it appeals to you and allows you to use your patio as you desire, then the possibilities are virtually unlimited.

By creating brick patio designs that you truly enjoy, you’ll also be making a beautiful new living space and adding to the ways that you can use your home and the property around it. Do all of your planning in advance, and you’ll find that everything afterward simply falls right into place.

The Big Question for YOU!
What's the biggest challenge you're facing with your brick patio design? And if you've already built a brick patio, tell us about your project and any lessons learned.

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I Love My Patio
by: Randa Keeton

We have a brick patio design that we absolutely love. Not only was it cost effective, we just loved the design. We did ours in the herringbone design right after we finished with the inside renovation and have also installed an outdoor kitchen. We almost live out there!

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To heavy
by: jayla

I do not like bricking. I think bricks look alright for most people but for me I feel like it gives less of a personal touch. I think things that are green or help green things grow.

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Love the look of brick patio designs
by: Petunia

I love the way brick patios look. My only problem with them is that the one time I had one, the sand attracted ants. I'm not sure if there's a way around that.

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Brick Patio Designs - Love it
by: MariaP

This was great! I didn't know there were so many ways to decorate with brick. I liked that you explained them all. I want to redo our back patio and I want to use small brick. At least now I will sound a bit more intelligent when I go to the store and tell them what I want to do with them.

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Finishing
by: Taylor

My biggest challenge is finishing what the previous owner started. I still have to screen it in, put plywood in for the "ceiling", and install some ceiling fans.

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Nice pattern ideas
by: Tori

I have a shed full of old bricks and this article has inspired me to make use of them. I really like the herringbone pattern idea.

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I kind of like it!
by: Zelda

I never really gave much thought to how you could use brick. Now that I think about all the brick patio designs I remember, places I have seen them, and how nice they look. This might just be what I was looking for.

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Brick Patio Designs - Drainage problem
by: mumnina

There is probably something you can do for your drainage problem with out calling a professional. Dig trenches from where the water problem is worse and then dig the trench with a downward grade taking it away from your house. Use those long black plastic tubes and put gravel over top. This gives the water someplace to go.

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Brick Patio Designs - Water Fall Problems
by: Graceful

I wanted a water fall and small pool in our garden area, but we did not take into consideration the need to install the water and gas lines first. These are not for inexperienced homeowners to do by themselves!

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Drainage Problem
by: Jewlya

My biggest challenge to my brick patio design is the drainage. Our back yard just does not drain properly and we are not sure what we are going to do. Looks like we will have to hire a professional after all.

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