How to Improve Your Outdoors with Brick Pavers

If you are looking for a way to transform areas of your home’s exterior, brick pavers is an excellent way to go. There are a great many projects that can be accomplished by using pavers and brick tends to be one of the most popular choices for this. Some projects that can completed with the use of brick pavers include but are not limited to:

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  • Patios
  • Walkways
  • Pool decks
  • Driveways

Pavers can be sturdy enough to handle the weight of a car, it is just the approach to laying them that will be different. The bottom line is that this can be a decorative way to add to your property while still keeping the project well within a smaller budget. The great thing about pavers is that you can also get completely different looks based on the size, shape or pattern of the pieces and the layout you design.

Another reason these have become so popular is that typically a project involving brick or other types of pavers are ideal even for a novice do it yourself type project. Of course, you can also opt to hire a professional to complete the job for. Either way the finished look will add appeal as well as value to your home and yard.

A Popular Choice

The reason pavers have become so popular is because it is an attractive, easy and less expensive way to add to the exterior of your home. The reason brick pavers have gained such popularity is the distinct and classic look that brick brings to any project inside or outside the home. The great thing about brick is that it creates a look that can be both timeless and classic or modern and urban, as well as anything in between.

When it comes to adding this look and style to your home there are a few tips and tricks you can use to help make the best choices for your design needs.

  • Instead of trying to decide what will look best in your outdoor area, bring home or request some samples. Take time to use these samples to see what would work best with your natural yard and the look you want to create.
  • Try to plan for possible future projects as well. For example, if you are planning to surround a pool area with brick pavers think ahead to someday adding a patio or walkway as well. If you cannot do all of the exterior projects you want at one time with your pavers, at least have a plan in mind for how you could easily add on or expand with little effort when the time is right.
  • Find a design that will be easy to replicate in the future should you decide to add on. While there is nothing wrong with creating a unique and intricate design just don’t make it too difficult to copy at a later date. Or pick designs that would work well together.

Putting the Pieces Together

If you are inspired and motivated to make this a DIY project, you will hopefully be surprised at how relatively easy the task is compared to the impressive final look you get. Keep in mind though, that there are certain yard circumstances in which a professional may be a better choice. If you are apprehensive at all about using brick pavers to create your pathway or patio, it is a good idea to hire someone with experience to get the job done.

If you would like to try it yourself, here are some things to think about:

  • The tricky part can be coming up with a design if you have no experience with landscaping design. Decide what it is you want to accomplish and where. This will help you decide if the task is more suited for a pro if, for example, you want a walkway that has a tree in the middle and aren’t sure how to work around it. Decide the size and shape and sketch it out.
  • If your yard has a severe slope that you would need to work with, it may be better to hire an expert. Whatever you decide make sure you never plan anything outdoors that would send water or drainage in the direction of your home, especially the foundation. If you are at all in doubt just let someone with experience take care of the job.
  • When you are ready to dig or if you just want to see how the design will work, you can mark the area.
  • Generally, to do this you can start by putting posts or even sticks at pivotal points in the layout.
  • Next, connect these points with string.
  • Finally, mark the ground with snap chalk or spray paint to get the final look for the path or shape for your outdoor design.
  • A key material to use for your pavers is edging. This is what goes around the inside perimeter of the area you dug before you put down your bricks. Your sand will also help fill in gaps between your pavers to have much of the same effect. This can be especially crucial to areas that have extreme bouts of cold weather or even areas that tend to have one extreme and the other for season changes. Without this protection between pavers and the edges can have problems due to expansion and contraction during temperature changes.
  • There is a bit more involved to the end of the project than some homeowners anticipate, not that it is difficult. It is a process of spreading sand, sweeping sand into the crevices, packing everything down and repeating until you are certain everything is securely in place. The important final outcome isn’t just an attractive look but to have the pavers stabilized in place.

Some of the final stabilization comes from rain and natural wear. Just be sure your brick pavers are securely in place so that when using them, no one slips on a wobbly part of the patio or walkway.